The Seattle Seahawks could be just two weeks away from preparing for the playoffs. There is still some work to be done, of course, such as winning their final two games or getting lucky by winning in Week 17 and then watching the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings play to a tie. But after an up-and-down season, Seattle might be back where they have been in 10 of Pete Carroll's 13 seasons in Seattle: The postseason.
That begins with Seattle playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. Both teams are 8-7 but got there is different ways. The Steelers have a good defense but have struggled offensively. Seattle has taken alternating turns being bad offensively and then defensively but rarely at the same time.
Seattle is currently favored by 3.5 points, according to FanDuel. Home teams normally get 3 points so oddsmakers truly think Week 17 is a toss up. Let's just hope Seattle makes it easier on themselves and wins in Week 17 and then beats a bad Arizona Cardinals team in Week 18. Here is some other news for Friday.
A current Seahawks quarterback supports a former Seahawks quarterback
By now, most 12s have heard that former Seattle QB Russell Wilson is going to be benched by his new team, the Denver Broncos, for the final two games of this season. This also likely means Wilson's short time with Denver - he is only in his second year with the team - is done. But while Denver is very unlikely to make the postseason this season, Wilson hasn't been the main issue and has 26 touchdown passes against just 8 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 98.0.
We don't really know how Wilson is taking the news (he tweeted he was ready for the next step in whatever happens but that is too much of a generality), but current Seahawks QB1, Geno Smith, tweeted out some support for Wilson on Wednesday. Smith backed up Wilson for several seasons before Wilson was traded to the Broncos after the 2022 season. Smith's tweet was simple but also obviously about Wilson and said, "FREE 3."
Wilson is a complex character in Seahawks lore. He was the quarterback when the organization won its first Super Bowl and leads in most positive statistical categories in terms of quarterbacks in Seattle history. But he also tried to get head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider fired and Wilson's ego was such that he clearly saw himself as more important than the team. But good for Smith to show Wilson some support.