Don’t look now, but the Seattle Seahawks are making a move that will result with them making the postseason. The Seahawks victory over Carolina on Sunday proved that the Seahawks are worthy of a playoff berth. It was Seattle’s second consecutive win and its fourth victory on the road this season. Now, head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks face their final five games of the year. Four are at home and two of them are against the 2-9 San Francisco 49ers.
NFC Playoff Picture As it stands after Week 12, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, and the Los Angeles Rams would qualify for the postseason as the division winners. The Saints currently own the No. 1 seed with the Rams at No. 2. The first wild card would go to Minnesota who is 6-4-1. The Washington Redskins, by virtue of their better conference record (6-3), would be the second wild card.
The big question in the NFC is whether or not the Redskins can hold on to that wild card now that Colt McCoy has taken over at quarterback after the injury to starter Alex Smith. At 6-5, Seattle has a clear advantage to overtaking the Redskins and possibly Minnesota.
The “12” Advantage CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th man, is one of the most difficult places to play, especially late in the NFL season. Seattle faces the 49ers at home in Week 13. The Seahawks have beaten San Francisco nine straight times dating back to the 2013 season. Seattle has won seven straight at home against the Niners. San Francisco’s last win in Seattle was in 2011.
While Seattle is only 2-2 at home this season, the losses were to the Rams (10-1) and the Chargers (8-3) by a total of 10 points. The Seahawks will face Minnesota at home on Dec. 10, the Chiefs at home on Dec. 23, and finish the season on Dec. 30 with Arizona at home. A win over the Vikings could prove crucial to earning a wild card. The Vikings are just 2-2-1 on the road.
How They Get In Seattle will get into the postseason by doing what it has done for the past nine games – running the football. The Seahawks have the NFL’s No. 1 rush offense. They average 147.1 yards per game led by Chris Carson who has 635 yards. Mike Davis has gained 386 and rookie Rashaad Penny has added 304. All three backs average 4.5 yards per carry and the running game has allowed QB Russell Wilson to flourish and has made things much easier for the Seahawks defense.
The Seahawks have rushed for 150 yards or more in seven straight games. That has helped them own the time of possession battle. Seattle is sixth in the NFL in time of possession and when playing at home they are No. 2 in the league controlling the football for 33:18 per game. If the Seahawks can keep that up, they could very well entertain a repeat of the 2015 season. After starting the season 2-4 that year, Seattle went 8-2 to finish 10-6 and earn a wild-card berth.