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Morning links: Wagner says Hawks team to beat in NFC West

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner visited the set of the NFL Network on Tuesday, reviewing his team’s heartbreaking loss to Atlanta in the NFC playoffs.

Wagner said the lasting image for him from that game is allowing Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez to catch the ball down the middle of the field, putting the Falcons in position to kick the game-winning field goal.

“[Tony] Gonzalez catching the ball and me trying to strip the ball instead of making a secure tackle, and he gets the extra yards,” he said.

Wagner also pointed to Seattle’s late-season, convincing win over San Francisco as evidence that the Seahawks are the team to beat in the NFC West in 2013.

“I definitely think we’re ready to pass them,” Wagner said. “We have the talent on both offense and defense. Our defense is pretty strong and our offense is pretty strong too. If we continue to put everything together, we should surpass them.”

Check out Wagner’s appearance on the NFL Network in this video link.

Larry Hartstein of CBS Sports writes that the Seahawks have been the most popular bet in Vegas to win the Super Bowl, opening at 12 to 1 and being bet down to 6 to 1.

Elliott Harrison of NFL.com has Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas on his All-Under-25 team.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports thinks Percy Harvin is worth the risk.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports addresses a need for each team in the NFL. He believes Seattle needs to address receiver in the draft and in free agency.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin does his best Michael Robinson impersonation with his own video report, dubbed The Fresh Files. Check out the video below. A word of advice Doug -- step back from the camera.

NFL Network analysts Heath Evans and Willie McGinest break down what the Seahawks need to do in order to win the NFC West in 2013 in this video link.

Derek Harper of The Sports Xchange has the complete list of upcoming pro days here. Washington is on March 13. Washington State and Idaho is on March 7. Eastern Washington is March 6.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com previews the top wide receivers heading to next week’s scouting combine.

New Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has told his players to study film of Seattle’s defense because he will try and emulate that in Seattle. That makes sense, with Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley working under Kiffin at some point in their defensive coaching careers.

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