Breaking Down the Seahawks’ Remaining Schedule
The Seattle controls its own playoff destiny, but a difficult road lies ahead if the Seahawks (8-4) want to reach the postseason for the sixth consecutive season.
Seattle’s final quarter of the NFL season kicks off in Jacksonville against the Jaguars (8-4). Jacksonville boosts one of the best secondaries in the NFL, and quarterback Blake Bottles has found his groove while leading Jacksonville to win five of its last six games.
The Seahawks then host the division-leading Los Angeles Rams, who hold a one-game lead over Seattle and are fighting to earn a first round bye – which are currently held by the Vikings (10-2) and Eagles (10-2). When the Rams visited Century Link Field in early October, the Seahawks came away with a 16-10 victory.
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On Christmas Eve, the Seahawks head back out on the road and visit the Dallas Cowboys, a 6-6 team fighting for its playoff lives. Seattle closes out the 2017 season with a home game against the Arizona Cardinals (5-7) on New Year’s Eve. Arizona has dealt with a myriad of injuries along its roster all season and won’t have the same incentive that Seattle will, given the currently playoff climate of the NFC. In their first match up of the season, Seattle defeated the Cardinals, 22-16.
A lot is on the line in the NFC during the final stretch of the season, and the Seahawks still have must-win games on the schedule. The Seahawks currently holds a wild card spot with the Atlanta Falcons breathing down their neck, the Rams have just a one-game lead on the division, and only two games separate Seattle from receiving a first round bye. A lot can happen in December, and the Seahawks late season experience will be a key factor as the NFC playoff picture unfolds.
Written by: Ben Faunce