They don’t have a ground game aside from their franchise quarterback, and the vaunted Legion of Boom has been reduced to Earl Thomas and The Replacements, but the Seattle Seahawks (7-4) still find themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot, and perhaps a division crown.
Seattle’s 24-13 win over the Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers on Sunday was a nice rebound following last week’s home loss to Atlanta, but the team is about to start its toughest stretch of the season, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) Sunday night before a road date with the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4). They’ll follow that up with a home matchup against the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams (8-3), ending a three-game stretch that will go a long way toward determining the team’s postseason positioning.
Perhaps that’s why experts from around the country seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach with the Seahawks in this week’s power rankings.
Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab and Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms each ranked Seattle 10th, one spot ahead of last week, but with the Seahawks’ offense still so reliant on Russell Wilson and the defense depleted with injuries, neither seemed bullish about the team’s prospects this year.
“I still have a hard time believing Seattle can be true championship contenders with all their defensive injuries,” Schwab wrote, “but Sunday was a good step for them.”
“When (Wilson) cannot find the room to run around and make backyard magic, Seattle’s offense stinks even more than the defense,” Simms wrote. “If the Seahawks want to have any chance of making a playoff run, they need to find more of a running game to complement Wilson. The days of relying on the defense and a few plays from Wilson are over.”
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