Somewhere in between the muck and mire of the NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks developed into a supreme scoring machine.
In their last three games, Seattle has scored 150 points, which according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is a feat only accomplished by the 1950 Rams.
Despite the statistical praise, Seattle remains in the NFC’s fifth possession – at the moment – and will need a major assist to get out of that slot.
#1 – Houston Texans (AFC South champion, bye)
#2 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion, bye)
#3 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion)
#4 – Baltimore Ravens (AFC North champion)
#5 – Indianapolis Colts (Wild Card)
#6 – Cincinnati Bengals (Wild Card)
#1 – Atlanta Falcons (NFC South champion, bye)
#2 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion, bye)
#3 – San Francisco 49ers (NFC West champion)
#4 – Washington Redskins (NFC East champion)
#5 – Seattle Seahawks (Wild Card)
#6 – Minnesota Vikings (Wild Card)
PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 4:30PM – #6 Minnesota Vikings at #3 San Francisco 49ers (NBC)*
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 8:00PM – #5 Indianapolis Colts at #4 Baltimore Ravens (NBC)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 @ 1:00PM – #6 Cincinnati Bengals at #3 New England Patriots (CBS)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 @ 4:30PM – #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Washington Redskins (FOX)
*Also known as the “Brad Nessler Game.”
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 4:30PM – BALT/IND/CIN at #1 Houston (CBS)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 8PM – SF/WASH/SEA at #2 Green Bay (FOX)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 @ 1PM – WASH/SEA/MIN at #1 Atlanta (FOX)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 @ 4:30PM – NE/BALT/IND at #2 Denver (CBS)
The AFC’s playoff’s picture is set…well, sort of. We know the six AFC playoff teams but don’t know the seeding. Indy and Cincinnati will be the AFC’s fifth and sixth seed respectively.
Houston can actually lose home-field advantage with a loss and either a Denver or New England win.
Not only that but Houston could end up as low as three depending on how Week 17 action shakes out.
Should Houston win, an intriguing battle looms for the AFC’s second seed between Denver and New England. The Broncos will clinch a bye of some sort with a win on Sunday. As a historical note, should Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet in the postseason, home-field advantage may be a key factor. In their three-game playoff history, the visiting quarterback has lost all three times.
Meanwhile, New England needs a win versus Miami and either Houston or Denver to lose to get a first-round bye.
Conversely, the NFC picture is terribly messy. Atlanta is your top seed. After that, uncertainty reigns supreme.
San Francisco’s tie against St. Louis continues to haunt them after dropping back to the three seed following their loss on Sunday night to Seattle.
Green Bay cinches up a bye and the NFC’s number two seed with a win over Minnesota in Week 17.
Perhaps the week’s biggest drama revolves around the NFC East title. Washington hosts Dallas on Sunday night with the winner earning the NFC East title.
The loser’s playoff hopes could be extinguished.
Seattle could jump up to a two seed if Arizona wins at San Francisco and the Seahawks earn a victory over the Rams.
Week 17 will have quite a lot at stake.
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