The Seahawks currently hold a one-game lead over the Arizona Cardinals in the division, and they don't exactly have an imposing schedule left in terms of the teams they play. St. Louis (2-8), Philadelphia (5-5), Arizona (5-5), Carolina (4-6), Baltimore (4-6) and Atlanta (3-7). However, four of the remaining six games are on the road, and three of them are on the East Coast three times zones away.
Meanwhile, Arizona has four of its remaining six games at home, with contests against San Francisco (2-8, eight-game losing streak), Cleveland (6-4), Seattle (6-4), New Orleans (4-6), Atlanta (3-7) and St. Louis (2-8). Clearly, the Cardinals have the more difficult opponents but a much more favorable travel schedule. The key date on both schedules is Dec. 9, when the Cards and Hawks meet at Qwest Field.
"We have our work cut out for us," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. "Arizona is having a good year, they're hanging in there really good. It appears that they really believe in what's happening there. So it's going to go right down to the wire, I suspect. To make sure that that happens we have to play well on the road. How we handle our road games will determine our regular season, and any playoff hopes we might have. I wish the schedule had kind of flopped differently, I don't think it's real great to go on the road 4 of your last 6, at the end of the season, but that's what it is. We have to be able to handle it, if we're going to do anything we have to be able to handle it."