This, on the surface, looks bad for the Seahawks. They have the toughest schedule over the final six weeks of the regular season not just of these NFC contenders but any team in the league.
But the same parity-driven league that gave Seattle its hellacious 2014 schedule befitting a Super Bowl champion is now giving the Seahawks the only postseason chance they have left.
Seattle (6-4) has already lost more games than it did all last season while winning it all. The Seahawks are three games behind the Arizona Cardinals (9-1) in the NFC West with six weeks remaining in the regular season.
The way the NFL scheduled Seattle’s final six games is suddenly a blessing. It will either propel the Seahawks into the playoffs or plummet them out of the race depending on whether they improve their play.
Two of those remaining games are against the soaring Cardinals, the first one Sunday at 1:05 p.m. inside CenturyLink Field.
Seattle also plays division-rival San Francisco (6-4) twice and is at Philadelphia (7-3) in December. The final regular-season game is Dec. 28 against St. Louis.
That’s five games inside the NFC West for the Seahawks’ last, increasingly desperate push.
Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are looking at this the only productive way they can: They are embracing it as a huge opportunity to leapfrog the playoff race.
“I’m really excited about the way this thing sets up. I think most of the people should be, with all of the drama still out there about the division,” Carroll said. “I don’t know if everybody’s schedule worked out this way, but we’re as loaded as you can get down the stretch. And it’ll be exciting for everyone.”
The only Seahawks opponent with a losing record is St. Louis (4-6) — and the Rams already have beaten the Seahawks, last month in St. Louis, plus Denver and San Francisco.
“You like to finish in the division. I think the league set it up that way,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “We have a chance to still impact the division with some great teams coming up.”
--Seahawks wide receivers Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson were each at three Bartell Drug stores yesterday "assisting shoppers," as the team put it in a release about the event. Baldwin was at the lower Queen Anne stores, Kearse was at University Village and Richardson was in Bellevue.
--Marshawn Lynch, Luke Willson, Bobby Wagner and Ricardo Lockette visited Marysville-Pilchuck High School, site of the student shooting last month.
Here from KING-5 television is a montage of photos and tweets from the day there.
--And then there was this about Lynch, last night from Facebook.
The reporter and journalist in me chose not to write this last night. Simply put, I was not able to confirm it. I'm sure it is true, but I can't report something until I can verify it. A Facebook posting isn't enough.
--My former AP colleague Tim Booth has been told by the league that Lynch has been fined $50,000 for not talking to the media in the locker room following last Sunday's game at Kansas City. Coupled with the $50,000 that the NFL had been holding in abeyance for the running back not talking following a game last season, Lynch is now out $100,000.