The Seattle Seahawks 31-24 win over New England Sunday night puts them in prime position to make another Super Bowl run.
Beating the Patriots last night did more than just keep the Seahawks squarely in the lead for the #2 seed in the NFC, it served notice to the rest of the conference that they may once again be the team to beat, even if they have to go on the road once to advance to the Super Bowl.
As it stands, the Cowboys own the conference’s top seed at 8-1, with Seattle sitting behind them at 6-2-1. If that holds, it would give the Hawks a first round playoff bye and guarantee them at least one home game. Whether they can overtake Dallas for the top spot in the NFC remains to be seen. The Cowboys schedule doesn’t exactly look like a gauntlet the rest of the way, but who knows how long rookie QB Dak Prescott can continue his high level of play, or if Tony Romo’s impending return to health will throw a wrench into locker room chemistry.
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Regardless, Seattle has a favorable schedule of their own, and it’s reasonable to think they will be favored in each of their 7 remaining games.
Here’s how the stretch run looks in order:
- Philadelphia (5-4)
- at Tampa Bay (4-5)
- Carolina (3-6)
- at Green Bay (4-5)
- Los Angeles (4-5)
- Arizona (4-4-1)
- at San Francisco (1-8)
Remember how brutal this finishing stretch looked when the schedule first came out? Since then, however, teams like the Panthers, Packers and Cardinals are battling it out for the title of Most Disappointing Team in the league.
It’s a fine piece of Serendipity, given the prospect of the Hawks getting back key players Michael Bennett and Thomas Rawls over the next few weeks, and the way the offense as a whole seems to be gelling.
The Seahawks have gained a reputation as a team that surges in the season’s second half under head coach Pete Carroll.
Looking ahead, it appears 2016 may be no different, and a clear path back to the Super Bowl is there for the taking if they continue to play well.