The Seahawks are still in first place (for now) in the NFC West entering their bye week for the 2022 season. But there are several ways Seattle could be winners in Week 11 even while not playing. Who thought Seattle would be where they are in the standings currently? Likely no one and the rest of the season might be good too.
Of course, to continue this dream-like run to the playoff, Seattle does need to play a lot better than they did in Week 10 when they basically laid the proverbial egg. The team does control its own destiny right now, however, whether that be winning the division or getting in the postseason as a Wild Card team. And if Week 10 showed anything, it proved that with Geno Smith at quarterback the team won’t quit in any game.
But besides having some fun bye-week plans, 12s can also sit back and watch NFL football stress-free. Even if every team we want to lose this weekend wins, the Seahawks are still OK. But wouldn’t it be fun if things went south for teams Seattle wants to lose?
Three games that could help the Seahawks in Seattle’s bye week
How San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City can help the Seahawks
If the 49ers win this game, they will take over the lead in the NFC West. San Francisco has the tie-breaker over Seattle due to the 49ers Week 2 victory. Both teams would be 6-4. But if the Cardinals can pull the upset, San Francisco would fall back a full game with Seattle having another chance to defeat them in Week 15. Plus, if Arizona somehow turns around their season (they won’t), the Seahawks already own two victories over them.
How Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints can help the Seahawks
This one is easy. Though the Rams are reeling and will be without Cooper Kupp for a bit, they always seem to own Seattle. I am going to go ahead and assume they beat Seattle both times they play this year and the two teams still have to play twice. However, if the Rams get beaten by the Saints, LA will fall to 3-7 and their season is basically done. A win and they move to 4-6 with two games against Seattle still to play.
How Washington Commanders at Houston Texans can help the Seahawks
This one is a bit of a greater hope for a happy outcome. The Texans are terrible, as always. But even if Seattle loses in Week 12 they’d still be doing OK if the Commanders lose to Houston, most likely. The Bucs and Commanders both have 5 losses but Tampa Bay now has a tie-break on Seattle. The Bucs also lead their division. So one way Seattle can still be in a decent position for the playoffs is if the Commanders lose and have 6 losses. Seattle would still be in a Wild Card spot currently, at worst.