After a pretty pedestrian and routine victory over the woeful San Fransisco 49ers (1-10) in Santa Clara Sunday afternoon, the now 7-4 Seattle Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field looking to break a two-game home losing streak.
And they will do so by facing quite possibly the best team in the NFL as the Carson Wentz led 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles come calling.
Currently Seattle finds themselves outside looking in on an NFC playoff position and chasing the also 7-4 Atlanta Falcons, the team that last beat Seattle at home, and the extremely formidable 8-3 Carolina Panthers.
Thanks to the LA Rams 26-20 home victory over the high-flying New Orleans Saints (8-3), the Seahawks remain one game outside the lead in the NFC West division.
Beyond the Falcons and the Panthers though, there appears to be no other real threat preventing Seattle from making a return trip to the playoffs.
Sure the Detroit Lions are above .500 with a 6-5 record and at times can play a complete game, but, history dictates they will fade down the stretch.
After that, there are four 5-6 teams (Green Bay, Dallas, Washington, Arizona) and the 4-7 Buccaneers.
The Packers are without Aaron Rodgers. Dallas is a mess without Ezekiel Elliot who is currently suspended. Washington could make a run as they play no team with a winning record the remainder of the year, but chances are they won’t run the table and finish with a 10-6 record.
Unless the wheels fall off, Seattle is right where they need to be with their destiny in their hands. But it won’t be easy.
After the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, Seattle takes to the road to face the finally solid and division leading Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4), a team that just lost 27-24 to the NFC West division Arizona Cardinals on a last-second 57-yard Phil Dawson boot.
Then it’s most likely the showdown for the NFC West division lead as Jared Goff and the LA Rams visit the Emerald City, three weeks from now.
LA faces the pesky Cardinals next week in Glendale before returning home to LA to face the same Eagles. Assuming both Seattle and LA split the next two games at worst, on December 17th, the Seahawks will be playing for the NFC West division lead with two games to play.
Win that game and only the Cowboys and Cardinals stand in the way of the division crown and another shot at a Super Bowl run.
Should Seattle somehow not win the division, then things may be tricky so long as the real competition in the NFC, Falcons, Panthers and Saints, keep their winning ways. Two of those NFC South division teams will most likely make the playoffs.
Winning the division is actually an easier path to the post-season for Seattle and one they are more than capable of taking with success.
As for the game Sunday, Russell Wilson was his actually MVP caliber self throwing for two scores and running another in for six.
Wilson finished the day going 20 of 24 with 238 yards with an INT but not sacked during the game.
For the eighth time in the last seven games, tight end Jimmy Graham caught a TD pass and is now currently only one TD away form the top receiving mark in the NFL behind DeAndre Hopkins (9) of the Houston Texans.
Seattle ran the ball 30 times for a combined 90 total yards with Eddie Lacey leading the way with his 17-carry, 46-yard performance.
Second-year player, tight end Nick Vannett caught the other Wilson TD pass, a 17-yard grab in the third quarter that gave Seattle a 14-6 lead.
Paul Richardson hauled in four passes for 70 yards to lead the Seahawks receivers.
The defense did what the Seattle Seahawks’ defense usually do…and that’s dominate a lesser opponent and make life miserable for the opposition.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the defensive charge with two tackles for loss and 8 total takedowns in the game. Seattle as a team sacked the 49ers’ QB three times in the game and limited the San Fransisco offense to 5 of 16 third-down conversions
In all, another routine day in the office.
Catch the Sunday Night show where Abraham DeWeese talks all things Seahawks after the 24-13 victory over San Fransisco.