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CHAWK LINES -- 49ers at Seahawks

Russell Wilson said “last week was a battle” and his ankle is feeling better.

Thomas Rawls is doubtful with a shin injury, and Tyler Lockett is listed as questionable.

Rawls has been too overzealous and needs to slow down a bit once he is back out there, coaches say.

Lockett said, “As long as I’m alive, I’ll keep on fighting.”

Jimmy Graham will “continue to grow with us,” Darrell Bevell said.

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Pre-draft look at 2016 opponents

2016 opponentsIn the NFL, April is draft month. But it also has become schedule month.

Word is the NFL will release the schedule April 19-21, a week before the April 28-30 draft.

We already know their opponents, of course. Based on 2015 results, the Seahawks have the fifth-toughest schedule next season. There’s nothing new about that, though: Their 2015 schedule ranked fourth and their 2014 slate was sixth.

But those preseason rankings don’t reflect changes teams have made since the last season ended.

As we transition from free agency month into draft month, let’s see how Seattle’s opponents have changed since last season.

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Hawks are for real now — and won’t lose again

Bobby Wagner signals Seattle ball after a takeaway against the Eagles (Seahawks.com)

It’s official: The Seahawks are back. And it will be a surprise if they lose again this season.

They are peaking at the perfect time and look fully capable of beating any team that is forced to oppose them (because no one would willingly play them at this point).

A pair of convincing 19-3 wins over their contending division foes were impressive, but there were still doubts about whether the Hawks truly were back to Super Bowl form. After all, the Cardinals and 49ers both were struggling on offense, so was it really an accomplishment for the Seattle defense to hold them to six total points and 368 yards the past two weeks?

It was fair to wonder how a defense that had been gashed by Kansas City’s running game three weeks ago would handle Philadelphia’s high-powered offense.

Were the returns of Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell — along with one “come to Jesus” meeting — enough to bring the defense back to its 2013 form?

After a stunningly dominant 24-14 win in Philadelphia, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

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Hawks don’t have to beat Eagles — unless they want a first-round bye

Playoff machineThe Seahawks’ game this week in Philadelphia is full of great storylines — former Pac-12 coaching stars Pete Carroll vs. Chip Kelly, Carroll vs. his USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense vs. the Eagles’ No. 4 offense.

And then there are the playoff implications.

The Hawks don’t need to win this game to make the playoffs. That can be accomplished by sweeping their divisional rivals in the final three weeks. But, if the Hawks want a shot at a first-round bye, they basically have to win this game.

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Carroll undaunted by familiar Eagles

Mark Sanchez hands off to LeSean McCoy in the Eagles' 33-10 win in Dallas on Thanksgiving (Getty)Pete Carroll will see some familiar faces next Sunday when the Seahawks go to Philadelphia for the latest test in their second-half gauntlet, and he obviously has a bit of a jump on the preparation for Chip Kelly and Mark Sanchez.

“This will be a really interesting preparation,” he told 710 ESPN on Friday. “We’ve watched them a lot.”

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