Seahawks Really Can Actually Backdoor Way Into Playoffs

Entering this weekend against the Rams– I fully expect the Seahawks to dominate the hapless Rams. Russell Okung on IR or not, Tom Cable has this rush offense going regardless of what spare parts are being thrown in on the offensive line. Marshawn Lynch is having a career stretch and is on pace for a career year. He has proven he can beast mode his way through defenses with just a little opportune blocking.

A win would push their record to 6-7, and yes, they are indeed in a late miracle push for the playoffs depending on a couple of things. That loss against the Redskins just looks terrible now because they would actually be in position to HOLD a Wild Card spot with a victory this weekend.

First you have to hope the Stafford-less Lions continue to crumble down the stretch. After a 5-1 start a loss this weekend pushes their record down to 7-6.

Second, you have to hope that the New York Giants lose as well, the Seahawks hold the tiebreaker over them.

Third you have to be pulling for the Jacksonville Jaguars to do all they can to beat the Falcons. The Seahawks unfortunately came up short in what I thought was Tarvaris best game (half really) as a quarterback in the NFL. The Falcons hold the tiebreaker over them, a loss to Jacksonville pushes them to 7-6.

Fourth you have to hope the injury riddled Chicago Bears (I remember losing to them in the playoffs after an historically injury riddled season, so zero sympathy), continue to stumble without Cutler and Forte (the latter who’s on my fantasy squad…) and drop their record to 7-6.

That last one bears real significance, because the Seahawks have a road trip up to Soldier field following the matchup against the Rams.

Yes, the Seattle Seahawks could potentially overtake the Cutlerless and Forteless Chicago Bears within two weeks and actually be holding a wild card slot.

They are on a hot streak, winning three of their last four games with an insane defense and a running back playing with reckless abandon who probably had once again the best rushing play of the entire season (at least so far).

No stumble can be had, this miracle scenario only continues if they manage to beat Rams, Bears,, 49ers, and Cardinals in succession.

It wasn’t very long ago when the Bears and 49ers were pronounced the elite of the NFC; the 49ers still being so. Having already clinched the NFC West and the loss of Patrick Willis may make things easier for Seattle.

The end result would be an incredible tear, winning 7 of their last 8 games to finish 9-7 and capitalizing on injuries to key cogs on other playoff contenders; not to say Seattle doesn’t have their own, but losing Cutler and Forte is far more devastating to the Bears then the losses the Seahawks have suffere on the offensive line.

Week 17 could very well be a matchup for the sixth and final playoff seed between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. Yes, a wild-card could come from the “hapless” NFC West who believe it or not have produced a Super Bowl participant in 4 of the last 11 seasons.

If you’ve been reading any of my writing, you would know this is crazy talk coming from me. I have been saying everything but making the post-season in regards to this team. But this opportunistic squad has a real chance to capitalize on a rash of injuries and inconsistency.

Detroit has a daunting schedule remaining; I’ll put it this way, I wouldn’t give the Seahawks a chance with this schedule.

After a winnable game against the Vikings they have a road matchup against the co-AFC West leading Raiders. This is followed by a game against the nearly-unbeatable-at-this-time-of-year San Diego Chargers, with a road game against the undefeated Packers to top things off.

They have lost 3 of their last 4 and 5 of 7 since going 5-0 and have lost their starting quarterback and running back to injuries.

Chicago also has a road game against the Packers in week 16 and are matched up against the Tebows this weekend. I really wouldn’t discount what Tebow is doing in Denver and I fully expect him to laugh his way into the playoffs playing backyard b**lshit on an NFL field. The hell with the stats, the dude just wins; wins against quality teams in Oakland, New York, and a generally hot San Diego should not be discounted. He had a good outing on the road against the Vikings as well and he actually passed the ball like an NFL quarterback.

Chicago also has a less imposing matchup against the Vikings; it is on the road, and us in week 15. Whoever loses that game will put themselves at an almost impossible climb to make the postseason.

The Giants are in a complete downward spiral, having lost four in a row. You should be rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, because they can end the Giants chances at a postseason berth. Both play each other twice in the final four games.

Atlanta has the easiest stretch unfortunately, and they can spurn the Seahawks hopes by winning three of four against the Panthers, Jaguars, Saints, and Buccaneers.

The Seahawks easiest road to the postseason is to upset the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. If Detroit continues to stumble and Dallas can sweep the Giants the Seahawks have a legitimate chance to claim the sixth playoff seed and a potential rematch against the New Orleans Saints in the postseason.

On the road, unfortunately this time.





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