With the Seattle Seahawks clinging to faint playoff hopes at 7-7, I wrote about some playoff scenarios that could be available for them this morning.
And here are a few scenarios in which the Seahawks could reach the playoffs.
• The easiest way forSeattle
to make the postseason is for
to lose its final two games while Seattle wins its final two games. Both teams would be 9-7, and the Seahawks would advance as the No. 6 seed because they would have a better conference record.
• If the Seahawks win their last two games and finish in a three-way tie with any other two teams at 9-7, which includesAtlanta (9-5)
and theNew York Giants (7-7)
, they would advance by virtue of having the best conference record.
• IfAtlanta (9-5)
and Seattle finish the season in a three-way tie at 9-7, the Seahawks go to the playoffs by virtue of a better conference record than the Falcons or the Cowboys, even though they’ve already lost to both teams this season.
• Seattle could get in as the No. 5 seed if bothAtlanta
lose their final two games, and the Seahawks finish in a five-way tie with those two teams along withDallas
at 9-7. In that case, the Giants would win the NFC East with two wins over Dallas, and the Seahawks and the Cowboys would advance because they would have a better conference records than Atlanta and Detroit. The Cowboys would be the No. 6 seed, and Seattle would travel east to face the Giants in the first round of the playoffs.
• If Detroit and Atlanta both win one more game, the Seahawks are out.
Check my work on ESPN’s playoff machine, and let me know about other playoff scenarios in the comments section.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that there are plenty of Seahawks worthy of Pro Bowl consideration, including Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Jon Ryan.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at what worked and what didn’t work for Seattle at Chicago.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times does the same thing here.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seahawks a B+ grade for their effort on the road against the Bears.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his Game of their Life series with a profile on former Seahawks receiver Brian Blades.
ESPN’s Mike Sando says San Francisco’s 20-3 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night was a statement game. We’ll see how playing on a short week affects the Niners when they travel to Seattle this Saturday.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has Seattle No. 11 in his Fine Fifteen.