A few more links to pass along as we head into the weekend. …
— SportsMediaWatch.com details that the Seahawks-49ers game last Sunday was the seventh-mosted watched game nationally on any network this season.
The NFL earlier passed along this note:
NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Dec. 2-8) with the FOX national telecast (mostly Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 27.6 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Carolina Panthers-New Orleans Saints) with 19.1 million viewers.
— USA Today wonders if Seattle has the receivers to go all the way, writing:
It’s tough to poke holes in a Seattle Seahawks roster that may be the deepest and most talented in the NFL and appears poised to go into the playoffs with home-field advantage.
But if there is a flaw that could be exposed come January, it may be with a receiver group that has played much of the season without two of its most talented members.
“That’s the thing I’d worry about,” an executive in personnel for another NFL team told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons. “As this thing goes forward, do they have the explosion outside?”
And a Seattle receiver’s response to that?:
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Doesn’t mean their opinion is an intelligent one. We’ll gladly take the motivation. @USATODAYsports
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) December 13, 2013
—PreGame.com with some interesting gambling-related numbers on the Seahawks, and the rest of the NFL. Of note, the seven-point spread against the Giants makes it the first time since 2007 they have been that big of an underdog at home;
— For tomorrow’s Seattle Times, Jayson Jenks writes about Malcolm Smith’s return to the starting lineup;
— Joshua Mayers wraps up the day’s news from the VMAC;
— Seahawks,com notes Seattle may also have to deal with the weather against the Giants;
— ESPN with more on what Earl Thomas said about how the 49ers played him last week;
— The Sporting News says the better bet may be the Giants and the points;
— Newsday says the Giants will have to keep their cool against the Seahawks;
— The Star-Ledger wonders if Tom Coughlin will warn refs about Seattle’s physical play in the secondary;
— A scouting report from a Giants’ fan site.