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December 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Thursday Seahawks links and notes: Catching up with Chris Polk, and more

I wondered early in the week if the betting line on this game might change. Turns out, so far it really hasn’t as the Eagles remain favored by a point or 1.5 points according to Vegas Insider.

If that holds, it would be the second straight game in which the Seahawks were not favored, and third time in four weeks (the other being Kansas City).

True, being a one-point underdog is largely just a function of the road — the home field advantage is generally considered to be worth three points, so the odds basically are saying the Seahawks are a couple points better than the Eagles, but Philly gets the slight edge due to being at home.

Certainly, the tight spread also speaks to the toss-up nature of a game between two teams with a lot of similar numbers.

In other news today. …

— I was able to catch up with former Washington Husky Chris Polk yesterday and write a little update on his progress with the Eagles. When I first asked Polk how things were going there, he mentioned that he’s still adjusting to the cold weather. But then he added that he had gotten himself a North Face jacket, so all was good. That was the kind of off-the-cuff line those of us who covered Polk during his time at UW grew to appreciate. Polk also said that physically he’s basically the same as he was at UW but said he feels a little more explosive, due in part to the year-round conditioning programs in place at the NFL level. Several times he mentioned eating better as a real difference between the NFL and college. He also talked about playing two weeks ago against former UW teammate Bishop Sankey — he re-Tweeted this picture —- and said it was nice to reunite with a player he considers a brother. “Small world,” Polk said. “Coming back from college four years ago and we’re still here playing at a high level. I’m proud of him to have success.”

— I also wrote this for today on the relationship between Pete Carroll and Mark Sanchez.

— Seahawks.com also examines the Carroll-Sanchez history.

— Seahawks.com also wraps up the news of the day.

— BleacherReport’s Matt Bowen with some thoughts on why Seattle’s defense has revived the last few weeks.

— The Denver Post says Seattle special teams coach Brian Schneider could be a candidate at Colorado State, his alma mater.

— Philly.com says the Legion of Boom will test the Eagles’ passing game.

— Two Eagles’ players with ties to each coach — including former Seahawk Chris Maragos see similarities in Carroll and Chip Kelly.

— ESPN on the Seattle practice Kelly watched while at Oregon in 2010.

Russell Wilson told Philadelphia media yesterday he definitely thought the Eagles would draft him in 2012.

— Lots of quotes from Kelly’s meeting with Philly media Wednesday.

— Lots of Eagles’ links from the team’s web site.

— Philly.com with a scouting report.

— ESPN on how the 2012 draft separated the two teams.

— Lots of stats on the game from CSNPhilly.com.

— A preview from FoxSports.com.

— Finally, the Seahawks will be playing the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Month this week in Eagles’ defensive end Connor Barwin, who has 12.5 sacks for the season:

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