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Morning links: NFC West up for grabs

Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a look at the Seattle Seahawks’ chances to secure a playoff berth with four games remaining this season, and says they have as good of shot as anyone to claim the NFC West title.

Boling:

This time two years ago, the Seahawks had just two wins in Mike Holmgren’s final season as coach. His 10 seasons coaching the team to a Super Bowl and six playoff appearances soon would be celebrated by his getting pelted with snowballs during his final lap of Qwest Field.

Last year, the Hawks had five wins but were about to set off on a four-game losing streak to wrap up the season that led to coach Jim Mora’s one-and-done ouster.

So, if the division is a league-wide punch line, so what? Being able to say the word “playoffs” in December is a lot better than where this team has been.

In the final four games, Seattle has two long-shot games – home against Atlanta (10-2) and a long road trip to Tampa Bay (7-5) – and two that look like “swing” games – at the Niners and home in the Jan. 2 finale against the Rams.

Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com breaks down the weak-side lead the Seahawks ran well during Walter Jones’ tenure, and how Seattle used it effectively as a tribute to the retired left tackle last week.

Rod Mar of Seahawks.com has his photos up from Sunday’s game against Carolina.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes an early look at this Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times talks to Seahawks about what happens at the bottom of the pile while fighting for the football.

Former NFL coaches Brian Billick and Jim Mora discuss the Toxic Differential (turnover differential + big-play differential) and why they believe it’s the best predictor of what teams will make the playoffs.

ESPN’s Ross Tucker talks about first-year players hitting the rookie wall during the final stretch of the season.

The St. Louis Rams remain the favorites to claim the NFC West crown in Yahoo Sports early predictions of the NFL playoffs.

According to NFL-Forcast.com, the Seahawks have as 60.46 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com still has Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck at the top of his list of the top 32 draft eligible prospects for next year.

Looking for a random video of the day? Check out this inebriated grandma showing her best dirty dancing routine while tailgating before a USC-UCLA game. Is this what Pete Carroll means by Win Forever?

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