Seahawks (slightly less) longshot playoff possibilities
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
|Remaining opponents:||vs. Jacksonville (4-9)||at New Orleans (10-3)||vs. Tampa Bay (4-9)|
|Remaining opponents collective winning percentage: .436|
It is technically possible for the Seahawks to pass the Falcons in the playoff chase. It is not -- however -- realistic nor is it feasible. Not with Atlanta owning a head-to-head tiebreaker against Seattle by virtue of the Week 4 win at CenturyLink Field. Not only do the Falcons play Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, but they have those games at home.
Chicago Bears (7-6)
|Remaining opponents:||vs. Seattle (6-7)||at Green Bay (13-0)||at Minnesota (2-11)|
|Remaining opponents collective winning percentage: .538|
The Bears have scored a total of three touchdowns in the 12 quarters since Jay Cutler has been out with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. Seattle plays at Chicago on Sunday, a game that gives the Seahawks control of their own destiny against the Bears. If the Seahawks win Sunday and win their final two games against Chicago, they've got the edge in the event of a two-team tie with Chicago for that playoff berth.
Detroit Lions (8-5)
|Remaining opponents:||at Oakland (7-6)||vs. San Diego (6-7)||at Green Bay (13-0)|
|Remaining opponents collective winning percentage: .667|
The Lions have the hardest remaining schedule of all the teams vying for a playoff spot. They'll play on the road at Oakland this week against a Raiders team playing for its own playoff fate. Then there's the always puzzling San Diego Chargers in Week 16 following by a road game against the Packers who could be playing to close out a perfect regular season. So while the Lions currently have a two-game lead on Seattle in the playoff chase, it's worth looking ahead to what would happen if the two teams finish tied at 9-7. In case of a two-team tie between the Lions and Seahawks, Seattle would hold the edge by virtue of conference record. If Seattle wins out -- which it must to have any realistic chance at a playoff berth -- the Seahawks would be 8-4 against NFC teams. Detroit is currently 6-5.
New York Giants (7-6)
|Remaining opponents:||vs. Washington (4-9)||at New York Jets (8-5)||vs. Dallas (7-6)|
|Remaining opponents collective winning percentage: .487|
Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
|Remaining opponents:||at Tampa Bay (4-9)||vs. Philadelphia (5-8)||at New York Giants (7-6)|
|Remaining opponents collective winning percentage: .410|
|The Giants' victory over Dallas on Sunday night complicates things because it creates a tie atop the NFC East. One of those teams is going to win the division title, and earn a playoff berth. The other could be a factor in the wild-card race. That's a lot of moving parts to consider. Here are the simplest breakdowns:|
&nbull; If Dallas wins its last two games, which are against the Eagles and Giants, it wins the division title. That would leave the Giants no better than 9-7, and Seattle holds a tiebreaker advantage by virtue of a head-to-head victory over the Giants.
• If the Giants win either of their next two games and beat Dallas in Week 17, they win the division title. That leaves Dallas no better than 9-7, but the Cowboys would have a tiebreaker advantage vs. Seattle.
The Seahawks and Cardinals are tied at 6-7, but they play each other in the regular-season finale. Given that two teams not leading their division already have eight victories, no one's getting in the playoffs at 8-8.
Seattle has to win out at this point, and even then, get some some help.
Seattle Seahawks (6-7)
|Remaining opponents:||at Chicago (7-6)||vs. San Francisco (10-3)||at Arizona (6-7)|
|Remaining opponents collective winning percentage: .590.|
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