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November 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Sunday morning links and notes: Seahawks hoping to close gap in West in first home game without Harvin

When the Seahawks were last seen at CenturyLink Field, Percy Harvin was refusing to play and Seattle was trudging off the field after a surprising loss to the Dallas Cowvboys.

Seems like a lot longer ago than that, doesn’t it?

A lot has obviously changed in three weeks, including Seattle falling two games behind in the NFC West, with a 4-3 record, tied with the 49ers behind 6-1 Arizona.

The Cardinals play an early game today, at Dallas, so the Seahawks will know by kickoff if they have a chance to pick up a game in the standings, or have to win just to stay two back.

And compared to the last few weeks, the game will be played in relative obscurity. After two weeks in which the Seahawks dominated the Sunday NFL morning talk shows, there’s been relative silence about Seattle today, with the glare having shifted to Houston, Dallas and Washington.

Here are a some gameday links to get you started. …

— The Seahawks said this week they felt back to normal. Now time to prove that on the field.

— Here’s the weekly NFL column examining some of how the Seahawks have changed in a year’s time.

— with five matchups to watch.

— with a feature on Bruce Irvin.

— ESPN notes that the Raiders don’t give up a lot of sacks.

— Oakland LB Khalil Mack living up to the hype.

— The San Jose Mercury News says Russell Wilson and Derek Carr are breaking the mold.

— KCPQ with five reasons to watch today.

— The Associated Press says the Raiders are facing a tough task today.

— Another Raiders-centric preview.

— One pick for the Raiders to beat the spread.

— Speaking of the change I wrote about for the Seahawks today, expect three players who weren’t part of the 53-man roster to play today — FB Will Tukuafu, S Terrance Parks and LB L.J. Fort. Fort’s agent is excited about that:

— Speaking of the Cardinals:

Seattle is 11-5 in that time, but obviously got the big prize.

Michael Robinson with an interesting comment this morning:

Finally, here are my picks for today:

Sunday’s TV games

Arizona at Dallas, 10 a.m., Ch. 13

The pick: Cardinals 23, Cowboys 17

San Diego at Miami, 10 a.m., Ch. 7

The pick: Chargers 31, Dolphins 21

Oakland at Seattle, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 7

The pick: Seahawks 31, Raiders 11

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 5

The pick: Steelers 22, Ravens 16

Sunday’s other games

Philadelphia at Houston, 10 a.m.

The pick: Eagles 40, Texans 27

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 10 a.m.

The pick: Chiefs 33, Jets 16

Washington at Minnesota, 10 a.m.

The pick: Vikings 34, Redskins 16

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 10 a.m.

The pick: Browns 21, Bucs 14

Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 10 a.m.

The pick: Bengals 35, Jags 13

St. Louis at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m.

The pick: 49ers 23, Rams 6

Denver at New England, 1:25 p.m.

The pick: Broncos 27, Pats 24

Monday’s TV game

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

The pick: Colts 26, Giants 20



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