The Seattle Seahawks are drowning.
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Not sinking or trying to stay afloat, they are drowning in the 2014 season and the only thing that can pull the Seahawks out of the water (temporarily) is a win on Sunday against the division-leading Arizona Cardinals.
The Seahawks are 6-4 heading into Week 12 and are in very serious danger of missing the postseason less than a year after winning the Super Bowl.
At this time last year, Seattle was disciplined, healthy, and owners of a 10-1 record, good for first in the NFC West.
This year, it’s the Cardinals who have taken over the reigns in the West, owners of a 9-1 record themselves and playing with the same style and passion that got Seattle to the Meadowlands last year.
Arizona can essentially knock Seattle out of playoff contention with a win at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The Seahawks need to win just to keep the season alive.
If the Seahawks drop this game and fall to 6-5, they are going to have an uphill climb to get to the postseason. A climb up the Shanghai Tower.
“The Cardinals can exploit the Seahawks big time if they want — they can put the last nail in the coffin on Seattle’s season.” -Mitch Quesada
Forget about the NFC West title, the season might be at the end of its line with a 6-5 record.
The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are atop the NFC North with identical 7-3 records. One of them will win the division, the other will win a Wild Card spot.
The same can be said in the NFC East where the 7-3 Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys sit deadlocked on top of the standings. One of those teams will win the East, the other will take the final Wild Card Spot.
Seattle can stay competitive with those teams if they can beat the Cardinals and improve to 7-4, but they are in jeopardy if they can’t do it.
The last time Arizona visited the Pacific Northwest, they were the only team to beat Seattle at home. They would love to do it again and they have the defense to shut down Marshawn Lynch as well as the offense to exploit the Legion of Boom.
Max Unger, the anchor of an already weak offensive line, won’t play Sunday as he recovers from a high ankle sprain.
And those are just two of a number of other injuries Seattle has right now.
The Cardinals can exploit the Seahawks big time if they want — they can put the last nail in the coffin on Seattle’s season.
Or, the Seahawks can play the game like it’s a playoff game.
And they will need to do that, and win, if they have any hope of saving their lost season.