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November 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Sunday morning Seahawks links and notes: Taking a Sunday off before a big game against Eagles

The Seahawks get a happy Sunday off after the Thanksgiving night win against the 49ers. In fact, the team is altering its practice schedule a bit to give the players off through Monday and the come back on Tuesday and work straight through to the game at Philadelphia on Dec. 7 (Tuesday is typically the day off in a regular NFL week). The Eagles also have the weekend off after beating Dallas impressively on Thursday.

The game shapes up as  maybe the marquee attraction in the NFL next Sunday with Philadelphia rolling in the second year under Chip Kelly and featuring an offense that is third in the NFL in scoring at 31.3 against a Seattle defense that is first in the NFL at 285.8 yards allowed per game.

There are also a couple of fun subplots — Kelly vs. Pete Carroll (Kelly’s Oregon team beat Carroll’s USC squad, ranked N0. 4 in the country at the time, 47-20 in the only time the two have met as head coaches); and Carroll playing against one of his former USC QBs in Mark Sanchez for the first time (recall Carroll’s famous unhappiness over Sanchez’s decision to leave USC a year early in 2009 though Carroll has since been complimentary of Sanchez). Get ready to read a lot about that latter topic this week.

As I noted in my NFL column for today, in which I tried to give some focus to Seattle’s playoff possibilities, the Seahawks are fans of Atlanta today, hoping the Falcons can rise up and beat the Cardinals in a game that kicks off at 1 Seattle time.

Arizona is a slim favorite — 1-to-2.5 points, depending on the sports book.

Can the Seahawks go from three games out and on the brink of a lost season, to a game out and on the doorstep of the lead in the NFC West in eight days? The Seahawks will be watching today to find out.

For now, here are some Sunday offday links and notes. …

Jerry Brewer looks at how the Seahawks’ defense evolved into something resembling the 2013 unit.

Jayson Jenks examines how Russell Wilson is effectively using his escape routes.

— ICYMI, here’s Hugh Millen’s analysis of what happened Thursday.

— Here’s my Saturday story, recapping Thursday’s win and some of what has led to Seattle’s turnaround the last two games.

— My picks for today’s games.

— Jenks’ power ratings and update on the NFC West.

— with a recap of some of what Carroll had to say on his radio show Friday.

— An update on the Eagles.

— Just to reiterate, Nick Foles won’t play against Seahawks.

— A look at how the Eagles’ offense played as well as it did against Dallas.

— The Eagles’ blueprint with Sanchez coming into focus.

— Get ready also to hear about the Eagles’ offensive tempo all week. Here’s a story detailing how it rose to even faster speeds against Dallas.

— Former UW star Chris Polk┬áhas 128 yards this season for the Eagles.


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