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Morning links: Wilson, Rice in sync

Seattle Seahawks Sidney Rice, left, and Russell Wilson congratulate each other after the Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings 30-20 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In my story today, when the Seahawks take on San Francisco on Sunday, the 49ers will be facing a more dynamic offense the second time around.

In Seattle’s Week 7 loss to San Francisco, Wilson finished with a season low in completions (nine) and passing yards (122).

Sidney Rice also struggled, totaling just two catches for 32 yards. Rice was targeted four times in a close, 13-6 loss in which Seattle receivers had five critical drops.

But since that mid-October setback, the two have worked to develop a better rapport, and the statistics support that.

Since the October loss at San Francisco, Wilson has completed 108 of 178 passes (60.7 percent) for 1,467 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

In the past seven games, Rice has 27 receptions for 422 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the big-play threat the Seahawks were looking for when they signed him to a lucrative deal as an unrestricted agent after the 2010 offseason.

John McGrath of The News Tribune believes that the Seahawks making the playoffs as the wild card could be a good thing. He points out that since 1997, five wild card teams have went on to win the Super Bowl.

Clare Farnsworth of writes about rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane, who’s adjusting to life as a starter.

Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times makes his case for Russell Wilson as the NFL Rookie of the Year.

ESPN’s Sport Science takes a look at how Skittles helps Marshawn Lynch get motivated during the game in this video link.

Russ Lande of the National Football Post has the Seahawks selecting Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins in his latest mock draft

Matt Maiocco of writes that San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh expects defensive tackle Justin Smith to play on Sunday.

Former Seahawks Rob Tobeck talks with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle about the team’s improvement in finishing games in this audio link. Tobeck shares a great story about his encounter with Earl Campbell, which references the video below. It’s worth a listen.