After Sunday Seahawks could be third in NFC West or up by two games
By Lee Vowell
With some good fortune, the Seahawks could increase their lead in the NFC West to two games on Sunday.
There is a lot of the 2020 season to go, of course. The Seahawks regular season is literally just half over. Through eight games Seattle leads the NFC West by one game over the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles. But things could change quite a bit on Sunday.
The Cardinals play the Buffalo Bills in Arizona in week 10. Buffalo, of course, is coming off an emotional victory against the New England Patriots in week 8 and a drubbing of the Seahawks in week 9. Buffalo is very good. And the Bills and Cardinals could be one of the more entertaining games in the NFL this week.
If Buffalo is able to beat the Cardinals (the Cardinals are currently favored by 2.5 points) then that would drop the Cardinals to 5-4. Arizona currently has the tie-break over Seattle but the teams play again in week 11 and as long as Arizona has more losses than Seattle the tie-break doesn’t matter.
The Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The Rams, like the Cardinals, are 5-3. With a loss to Seattle, the Rams would drop to 5-4 and Seattle would move to 7-2. With an Arizona loss and a Rams loss, Seattle would be two games better than their next closest rivals in the NFC West.
What if the Seahawks lose?
On the flip side, though, if both the Cardinals win and the Rams beat Seattle, all three teams would be 6-3. The problem for the Seahawks would be that both the Cardinals and Rams have a tie-break lead on Seattle so Seattle would fall from first in the division to third.
Seattle would still be in a good position for the playoffs, but they would be the final struggling to hold on to the last spot which means they would travel to any other team in the playoffs. Again, there is a lot of the season left to be played, but week 10 remains very important for the Seahawks in many ways.