The Seahawks are third in the NFC. Here is why: Chicago is first with a 9-1 record. Five teams are tied at 6-4. To sort them out, first identify the division leaders. Seattle leads the West. The Giants lead the East. Carolina leads the South. We then settle a three-way tiebreaker between those teams. The Giants are the second seed because they have the best conference record. Remember, conference record trumps head-to-head in ties involving more than two teams. That leaves Seattle and Carolina competing for the third spot. Seattle prevails on conference record. New Orleans and Dallas are then considered for the wild-card spots. The Saints prevail as the fifth seed. So, the top six are: Bears, Giants, Seahawks, Panthers, Saints, Cowboys. Not that any of this will change over the next six weeks.