Now that the holiday season is here, it is time to start talking about the playoff picture, and for Seattle Seahawks fans, you are probably feeling very good after Sunday night, but here’s what needs to happen for your team to have their best chance to make a run in January. The injury-plagued Seahawks would have their best chance at winning the NFC, if the order were to end up as:
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Minnesota Vikings
- Seattle Seahawks
- New Orleans Saints
- Los Angeles Rams
- Carolina Panthers
In this scenario the Seahawks’ depleted secondary would not have to go up against the high-powered offenses of the Los Angeles Rams or the New Orleans Saints in the first round, and they would be able to play in front of their famously loud crowd in the wild-card round. Also, if the Seahawks were to draw the Rams, they would have to defeat Los Angeles for the third time this season, and it is a tall task to beat any team three times in the same year.
Instead they would matchup against the Carolina Panthers who are led by inconsistent quarterback Cam Newton. This matchup would put more pressure on the Seahawks front seven, as they would have to stop a strong Panthers rushing attack, but Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner and company have been very reliable in that department this year.
If the Seahawks were to advance they would face the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota which would be a very difficult environment. I know the Seahawks just defeated the Eagles, but the Eagles had so many missed opportunities in that game. I believe they would have those mistakes cleaned up if Seattle were to visit them in the divisional round which would not end well for the Seahawks. On the other hand, Minnesota’s quarterback is Case Keenum. He has played very well this year, but if you have to choose who you want to play against, you are going to take Keenum over MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
Obviously, this situation would be fantastic for the Seahawks, but the only problem is that so many different results must happen to make this work.
The Seahawks would need to win at least three of their last four games, with one of those victories coming against the Rams to finish at either 11-5 or 12-4.
Several results need to take place in the NFC South, so that the Saints win the tiebreaker against the Panthers when both teams finish at 11-5. The Eagles must also take care of business against the Rams in Week 14, and jump back over the Vikings to reclaim the number one seed.
To summarize, the records and important results for each of these teams would be:
- Eagles: 14-2, win out
- Vikings: 13-3, with one loss being to Packers
- Seahawks: 12-4 or 11-5, cannot lose to Rams
- Saints: 11-5, lose both upcoming games against the Atlanta Falcons
- Rams: 11-5, lose to Seahawks and Eagles
- Panthers: 11-5, lose to Vikings
- Falcons: 10-6, beat Saints both times but lose to Panthers
Again, do not rely on this scenario to happen Seahawks fans, but it is interesting to think about.
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