Seattle Seahawks Playoff Scenarios: Top Seed Still Possible, NFC West Divisional Title Close

Seattle Seahawks playoff scenarios reveal that the team can clinch a spot in the postseason on Sunday, December 11. With a huge lead in the NFC West thanks to continued success this season, the Seahawks are very close to clinching another divisional title as well. In the updated NFL standings, the Seahawks are at 8-3-1, three full games ahead of the Arizona Cardinals (5-6-1) for first place in the NFC West.

The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West by beating the Green Bay Packers on Sunday and by having the Cardinals lose to the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals are on the road for that Week 14 game, playing against a Dolphins team that is trying to secure a Wild Card slot in the AFC. The NFL analysts are all predicting that the Cardinals will lose this game, putting the Seahawks in a very nice position.

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There are additional Seattle Seahawks playoff scenarios, with the team holding control of its own destiny at this point. Two more victories by the Seahawks, no matter what any other team does, will clinch first place in the NFC West. Getting to 10 wins will easily win the division again and guarantee that the Seahawks get to host at least one game in the 2017 NFL Playoffs.

With just four games left in the regular season, the Seahawks have a chance to also secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the postseason. The Dallas Cowboys (11-1) currently hold the top seed in the NFC, but there are scenarios where the Seahawks could catch them. The first task would be for Seattle to win its final four games and finish 12-3-1 on the season. Then the team would need the Dallas Cowboys to lose three of their final four games to finish at 12-4.

Jimmy Graham With Seahawks
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Finishing with the top seed in the conference would be a best-case scenario, but the odds aren’t for that outcome. A more realistic goal would be to secure the No. 2 seed, which also comes with a first-round bye and at least one home playoff game in Seattle. To do that, Seattle must finish with a better record than the winners of the NFC North and NFC South.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the latest NFL playoff standings still look very good for the Seattle Seahawks. The team will have to keep winning games to hold off the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, though, as both teams could still move up into the No. 2 playoff spot.

In the Seattle Seahawks playoff scenarios for the No. 2 seed, it could come down to the Week 17 games. The Seahawks are only half a game ahead of the Lions for the first-round bye in the postseason. It means that the Seahawks need to at least win the same numbers of games as the Lions down the stretch. If both teams go 4-0, then the Seahawks are the No. 2 seed, but if the Seahawks go 3-1 and the Lions go 4-0, then the Seahawks would slip to the No. 3 seed with an 11-4-1 record.

Thomas Rawls With Seahawks
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Following a Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions have road games against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. The team then finishes the season at home against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers to wrap up the NFL schedule. On paper, this seems to heavily favor the Seahawks, but no win is ever guaranteed in football. With direct control on their own playoff scenarios, though, the Seattle Seahawks just need to keep winning games and let the chips fall where they may.

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