Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks playoff chances with three games left in the season. Although Seattle’s chances are slim (one online site calculated them at 6 percent), the Seahawks still have something to play for down the final stretch of the season.
Here’s a look at where the seven teams sit that are vying for two NFC Wild Card berths.
Atlanta (8-5)Games left: Jacksonville, at New Orleans, Tampa BayThe skinny: The Falcons should get to nine wins, and maybe 10. Consider them in as one of the NFC wild cards.
Detroit (8-5)Games left: at Oakland, San Diego, at Green BayThe skinny: Losing three straight would help the Seahawks, and it’s not hard to imagine Lions stumbling in Oakland.
Chicago (7-6)Games left: Seattle, at Green Bay, at MinnesotaThe skinny: Bears are collapsing without Jay Cutler, having lost three straight. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they lose three more.
Dallas (7-6)Games left: at Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, at N.Y. GiantsThe skinny: Either the Cowboys or Giants will win the NFC East. Since Dallas beat Seattle, 23-13, the Cowboys own the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record.
N.Y. Giants (7-6)Games left: Washington, at N.Y. Jets, DallasThe skinny: The Seahawks’ win over the Giants gives them the edge should they finish tied.
Seahawks (6-7)Games left: at Chicago, San Francisco, at ArizonaThe skinny: The first order of business is to win out, because finishing 8-8 makes it tough to get in. And going 7-9 is not going to cut it this season.
Arizona (6-7)Games left: Cleveland, at Cincinnati, SeattleThe skinny: Four wins in five games have put the Cardinals in the same boat as the Seahawks. And their schedule is a bit easier than Seattle’s, too.
The Seahawks have allowed on two quarterbacks to throw for 300 or more yards against them this season – Eli Manning (420 yards) and Rex Grossman (314). Seattle faces Chicago backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, who’s managed only 502 passing yards in three games. The Seahawks allowed five quarterbacks to throw for 300 or more yards against them last season.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com gives Seattle props for switching back from the no-huddle offense to Pete Carroll’s original philosophy of using a physical run game and play-action passing to move the ball offensively.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times tells fans wanting the Seahawks to tank the season for a better draft pick to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says that safety Kam Chancellor has had a big impact for the Seahawks in his first year as a starter. Wyman says Chancellor is valuable because of his flexibility.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down Doug Baldwin’s 29-yard touchdown catch against St. Louis.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides some notes from Wednesday’s practice, including a picture of a recent addition on the walls of the team’s indoor practice facility – NFC West division title banners.
ESPN’s Mike Sando updates where NFC West players sit in fan voting for the Pro Bowl. Punter Jon Ryan and safety Kam Chancellor are third in voting, and Earl Thomas is fourth.
Brian Burke writing for the New York Times’ Fifth Down blog gives Seattle a 30 percent win chance at Chicago.
Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago writes that running back Matt Forte is pessimistic about returning for Sunday’s game against Seattle.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports counts Marshawn Lynch as one of the 10 most underrated players in the league.