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Morning links: PSY main attraction to NFL sideshow in Toronto

As our own John McGrath of The News Tribune notes in his column this morning, organizers of the Buffalo Bills annual trek north across the border to Toronto for a home game are playing up the fact that Korean rapper PSY will perform “Gangnam Style” during halftime of the Seahawks-Bills contest, with the hopes that it attracts people sitting on the fence to attend the game.

McGrath: In 2008, the average price of a Bills-Dolphins ticket in Toronto was $160. For the Korean rapper’s show sandwiched by two halves of NFL football on Sunday, the average ticket price is $99.

“I think just being topical and being fun – that’s what this whole thing is about,” Greg Albrecht, executive director of the Bills in Toronto series, recently told The Associated Press. “We’re opening it to not just the die-hard football fans, but opening it up to people who might be on the fence right now, or folks who want to spend an afternoon wanting to have a good time.”

People on the fence? Folks who want to have a good time? That’s not the kind of crowd capable of rattling a talented football team. Heck, that’s not even a football crowd. That’s an audience.”

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 22-yard touchdown against Arizona, the first of three scores for the Cal product.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle’s young corners Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane came up big when they needed them.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times notes that Pete Carroll has had some success with two of his former players from USC grabbed in the late rounds in tight end Anthony McCoy and linebacker Malcolm Smith.

ESPN’s panel of NFL experts moves the Seahawks up to No. 10 in their NFL power poll.

Alex Ballingall of The Toronto Star writes that the Seahawks are challenging conventional wisdom with the success of Russell Wilson in his rookie season.

More Ballingall: He gets reaction from Bills fans on their team playing two hours away in Toronto.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks Seattle No. 10 in his NFL power rankings.

The Bears put kicker Robbie Gould on IR with a calf injury, and signed former Seahawk Olindo Mare.