Seahawks: 5 takeaways from a division-clinching win
By Keith Myers
5. Seahawks finally clinch the NFC West
Let’s face it, the NFC West is fairly terrible this season. The Rams are bad, and the 49ers are even worse. Even the Arizona Cardinals aren’t likely to end up above .500 this year.
The Seahawks dragged this out much longer than they should have, but they did finally wrap up another division title. This will be the 6th time the Seahawks will make the playoffs in Pete Carroll 7 seasons in Seattle.
Winning the division gives the Seahawks a home game in the playoffs. That’s important, since the Seahawks have been a far better team at home than they have been on the road this season.
They still have a lot to play for though. They came into this week a half-game behind Detroit for the No. 2 seed in the NFC. A loss by the Lions in the final 3 weeks of the season, and the Seahawks can end up with a first round bye.
A week off, followed by a home game with a spot in the NFC Championship Game on the line makes for a much easier path to the Super Bowl. To make it back last season, they would have had to win three road games.
The Seahawks took care of business tonight by beating an inferior team. Now they have 10 days to prepare for Arizona Cardinals. Seattle should be rested an healthy for their final home game of the season.