Heading into the month of December, the Seahawks have a real shot at the number 1 seed in the NFC.
In the Pete Carroll era in Seattle, his teams are known to get better and better as the season nears a finish. Well, here we are with just 5 games remaining and a shot at the number 1 seed on the line. If you remember last year, the Seattle Seahawks were in a similar situation that they are now.
While the 49ers were dominating, the Seahawks were able to stay in the race long enough to have a legitimate shot at not only winning the division but getting a first-round bye as well. But, certain games didn’t go as they hoped and were stopped one yard short of winning the NFC West.
Now, in 2020 — the year of uncertainty — the NFC West remains wide open for discussion. While the Cardinals just lost to the Patriots and the Rams to the 49ers, both teams still have a chance at once again, dethroning the Seahawks. Remember, the Seahawks were in first place heading into the month of November. Although they had an inconsistent month, they still remain in first as we near the home stretch of the regular season.
Many people feel the Seahawks have a favorable schedule as 4 of their remaining 5 opponents have a record below .500. But, the NFL is a week-to-week game and all of their remaining opponents have proven they can win on any given Sunday. Well, except for the New York Jets of course. But, the Giants, Washington and 49ers are more than capable of winning a single game on Sunday.
What matters most for this Seattle team is of course beating the Rams in Week 16, but also, getting better each week. The defense needs to develop more chemistry as Shaquill Griffin has finally returned to the backend. The offense needs to find their balanced attack with Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde back. Most importantly, they need to remain healthy heading into the playoffs. If they can do that, they have a great shot of playing in Tampa Bay in February. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the upcoming month of December.