After a disappointing loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Seahawks remain out of the play-off contention for now and it seems it will stay that way if they fail to defeat the Los Angeles Rams.
In a division which is predominantly won by Seattle over the years, they seem to have competition with a resurgent Los Angeles Rams under head coach Sean McVay. The Rams are one of three teams who stand in Seattle’s way if they wish to reach the play-offs for the sixth consecutive year.
Defeats against Green Bay, Tennessee, Washington, Atlanta and Jacksonville means that the Seahawks are 8-5 on the season tied with Atlanta for the number six seed. Two key members of the Legion of Boom (Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor) are out for the season with injuries. Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright are also doubts for the game against the Rams after suffering injuries in the game against the Jaguars. On the offensive side, Russell Wilson is having to carry the Seattle offence by himself with no help from the running game.
A defeat at home against the Rams all but confirms what Seattle fans are dreading. They will not make the play-offs. Seattle’s record would be 8-6 and if Dallas, Green Bay and Detroit all win, they will tie Seattle’s record. Green Bay would leapfrog Seattle due to their head to head record as the Packers defeated Seattle in week one.
Seattle would then travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys in a must win game if they have any hope of reaching the play-offs. The Cowboys will also be boosted by the return of Ezekiel Elliot as he finishes his six game suspension.
If they were to lose their next two games, all is lost for the Seahawks in a season where Russell Wilson is a front runner for the MVP race. Time will tell as to whether Seattle can ‘run the table down’ just as Green Bay did last year.