How Seahawks have clear path to playoffs after Week 13 victory

Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

How the playoff picture is currently looking for the Seahawks

For the time being, I would like to focus on the teams closest to Seattle in the playoff picture. We shall take a look into the remaining strength of schedule and try to make some sense of where Seattle is most likely to be seeded by the time January comes around. The most-likely seeding scenarios for the Seahawks are either the 7th, 6th, or even possibly the number 3 seed if Seattle can overtake the 49ers in the division.

Currently, with how things sit the Seahawks are either tied or are within 1 game of 3 teams in the hunt. Those teams would be the Washington Commanders, the New York Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers. Let’s take a deeper inspection of how every team fares going forward.

San Francisco 49ers (8-4)

The 49ers and Seahawks are no strangers to dueling for playoff seeding. As division rivals, these two teams find themselves jostling for the division lead most seasons. But the slope got a bit slipperier for the 49ers on Sunday as their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a broken foot. Jimmy G is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.

Despite losing their quarterback, the 49ers were still able to stunningly beat the Dolphins 33-17. The question remains how will San Francisco’s 3rd string QB, Brock Purdy, fare down the stretch? Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers’ offense will have to figure out a way to stay dangerous as their remaining games on the schedule still pose some daunting challenges.

Remaining games:

At home versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At the Seahawks

At home versus the Washington Commanders

At the Las Vegas Raiders

At home versus the Arizona Cardinals

New York Giants (7-4-1)

The New York football Giants are currently half of a game ahead of the Seahawks for the 6th seed in the Playoffs bracket. Luckily for Seattle, they own the tiebreaker with the Giants from their previous triumph over the team back in October. Three of the last five games for the Giants are against division opponents. Considering the Giants are in one of the best divisions in all of football thus far, that may not bode very well for their playoff aspirations.

Remaining games:

At the Philadelphia Eagles

At the Washington Commanders

At the Minnesota Vikings

At home versus the Indianapolis Colts

At the Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Commanders (7-5-1)

The only team on the aforementioned list that has a bye week still remaining is the Washington Commanders. The Commanders might be one of the hottest teams in football going 6-1-1 in their last 8 games. That being said, the remaining four games for the Commanders are no cakewalk.

As three of the last four games for the Commanders are against teams with winning records, the good news is three of the four games are also at home for the Commanders who thus far have not looked particularly potent while at home. Only time will tell if the Commanders can right the ship at home and make a push for the postseason.

Remaining games:

Bye Week

At home versus the New York Giants

At the San Francisco 49ers

At home versus Cleveland Browns

At home versus Dallas Cowboys