In my story today, with the Seattle Seahawks sitting at 7-5, a 1 ½ games behind NFC West division leaders San Francisco, head coach Pete Carroll says winning the NFC West remains a reachable goal.
“It’s still out there,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said about winning a division title. “We’ve got a lot of games left in the division. San Francisco has a great thing going there. And if they can take care of their business, then they’ll leave everybody else behind. But they’ve still got to win the games, and we do too.”
Still, the Seahawks will need some things to go their way for that to happen.
If the 49ers lose two of their last four games, including a Dec. 23 tilt in Seattle, and the Seahawks win out, the NFC West title would be theirs for a second time in three years.
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The Seahawks also may benefit from having one of the easier schedules remaining among playoff contenders.
Seattle plays three of its last four games – NFC West division foes Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis – in the noisy comfort of CenturyLink Field, where the team is 5-0 this season.
And Seattle’s only road game is against 5-7 Buffalo, in what will almost be a neutral site in Toronto.
One final bonus: So far the 49ers are the only team left on the schedule with a winning record.
San Francisco hosts Miami on Sunday, followed by a trip to New England to face the Patriots, a road game against Seattle and a season finale at home against Arizona.
San Francisco’s contest against the Patriots is the most likely game where the 49ers could stub their toe — since 2002 the Patriots have a league-best 20-1 home record in December.
NFL spokesperson Randall Liu announces that Russell Wilson won this week’s offensive player of the week award.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes an interesting look at Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck’s numbers against the same seven opponents. Wilson’s more than holds his own here.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes that Mike Gastineau, knowns as “the Gasman” on the radio, is leaving KJR-AM after 21 years to explore other options.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com gives us his top players for Seattle through 12 games.
Two Bellevue cops kicked out of the Seahawks home opener for bad behavior were disciplined by the police department, including demotions that resulted in a loss in annual pay.
The Seahawks come in at No. 12 on the AP Pro 32. As always, there are some interesting comments from the panel of voters. “One of the most dangerous teams in the NFL. The fate of the two corners will tell the story in the meantime Russell Wilson deserves rookie of the year consideration, said Pat Kirwan of Sirius XM NFL Radio and CBS Sports.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers told ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning that he and his teammates still talk about the Packers loss to Seattle on Monday night earlier this season. Rodgers: “How can you not? We’re all human here. That was obviously a difficult moment for us. We’re hoping that we’ve put yourself in a position right now where that’s not going to have an effect on things. We’re not going to use that as an excuse. We have four games left and everything is right in front of us, with a chance to win out, and not only be division champions [but also] also a potential first-round bye. But in some of those quiet moments, of course, you can’t help but think about it.”
Russ Lande of the National Football Post has the Seahawks selecting West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin at No. 22 in his latest mock draft.