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Hype, “You know why I’m here” just about over. Let’s talk actual football for Super Bowl 49

Now, for something different: actual football.

The Seahawks are having a walk-through practice today at Arizona State University, where it is again cloudy, damp and cool this morning. They then have a half-hour bus ride west to the site of tomorrow’s Super Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, for a team picture at 1 p.m. local time.

This week I dropped by the Comcast Sports Northwest set inside the NBC television compound in downtown Phoenix at the invite of my pal Aaron Fentress, along with former Seahawk receiver Jordan Kent and former Oregonian columnist Dwight Jaynes. I discussed what I see the top

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Seeing is believing: So far it’s been Russell Wilson visualizes, Seahawks win

While you were a nervous wreck, unable to sleep and wishing the game would get here already, Russell Wilson just finished his normal Saturday.

He planned on sleeping almost 12 hours.

No, the Seahawks’ ultra-poised leader is not sweating this NFC Championship Game against one of the league’s most accomplished quarterbacks of the last decade in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Because he’s already seen how this game is going to go.

“Sometimes,” Wilson said after his third-down passing dismantled Carolina in last weekend’s divisional round, “I think I am made for these situations.”

What and who have

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Why Pittsburgh “Steel Curtain” S Mike Wagner says these Seahawks are “closest I’ve seen a team play defense the way we did”

Do you guys know how long I’ve been waiting to write a story about my childhood Steelers teams?!! …


Mike Wagner was watching last year’s Super Bowl on television from his Pittsburgh-area home. He watches most Super Bowls. And not as a mere fan but as an expert observer; he’s won four of them.

When the two-time Pro Bowl safety on the famed “Steel Curtain” defense saw what the Seattle Seahawks did to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, smashing the highest-scoring offense in any NFL season, ever, 43-8 to win the Super Bowl last February, he called some

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Doug Baldwin on his former college coach Jim Harbaugh to Michigan: “Best of luck–and go Buckeyes”

Pete Carroll bumpin’ Notorious B.I.G. throughout the meeting room as the entire roster files in for a noon meeting.

Michael Bennett producing gems for quotes.

Doug Baldwin zinging Jim Harbaugh.

Just another playoff-bye-week day for the NFC’s top seed.

Today is the first of two practice days before the NFC West-champion Seahawks get Friday through Sunday off to watch which team it is they will host Jan. 10 in the divisional round.

But Bennett and Baldwin were in game-ready mode, quote wise.

Baldwin, the former Stanford wide receiver who played there for Harbaugh, went undrafted in 2011 before becoming a

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Richard Sherman gets “a lot” of praise from fellow NFL players for calling league “hypocritical”

Richard Sherman walked onto the same stage inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center auditorium where last week he made waves across the NFL calling the league “hypocritical.” Alas today, he didn’t have a cardboard cut out of Doug Baldwin with him.

“Apparently, someone kidnapped him, though,” Sherman said of the cardboard version of the Seahawks wide receiver. “We haven’t seen him after that. We were going to put out a search warrant for him. But you know how that goes …”

He didn’t have his good friend Baldwin, the real version, with him,

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Key to Sunday: How Seahawks handle Cardinals blitzing every Arizonan short of John McCain

My sense is Alvin Bailey is going to start at left guard for James Carpenter tomorrow for the Seahawks against Arizona — partly because Carpenter didn’t practice this week, and largely because Bailey, the undrafted free agent last year out of Arkansas, has played well in the two games since Carpenter sprained his ankle.

This — and the decision whether to start Lemuel Jeanpierre five days after Seattle signed injured Max Unger’s backup the previous three seasons off the street or to stay with fourth-stringer Patrick Lewis at center — are big to

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Reasons for Seahawks’ optimism: Haven’t played complete game since opener, plus their return to health

The Seahawks’ players have their weekly day off from practicing today. They will be back on the field in Renton tomorrow to start full preparations for Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants (3-5), who got hammered at home last night by Indianapolis 40-24 in a game that was 37-10 after three quarters.

As for the Seahawks: it is halfway through what has been a rather eventful regular season for the defending Super Bowl champions, and I say 5-3 is about what this team deserves to be right now.

The Seahawks were brilliant in a zooming, opening win

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Seahawks’ snap counts versus St. Louis show DE Michael Bennett in on 90 percent of plays

I alluded to the snap counts from the Seahawks’ loss at St. Louis in my article in this morning’s News Tribune about the changes coming in Seattle’s dormant pass rush.

Defensive end Michael Bennett is exhibit A on why the pass rush has only seven sacks this season — third-fewest in the league — after having 20 at this point last season on the way to 44 for the season, eight-most in the NFL.

Bennett has three sacks this season, and (I hesitate to note this because it’s a whole new world) the advanced-metrics geeks note Bennett is the

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