Since the 2005 season, when they made their first trip to the Super Bowl, the Seahawks are 10-0 in the playoffs at CenturyLink Field. But this is also a year in which the NFC appears to be wide open.
That game shakes up the NFL Playoff picture in the NFC a great deal, especially with every other team that would make the playoffs in the conference right now winning on Sunday. This should give you a quasi-rooting guide for games this coming Sunday, as the schedule maker was kind enough to give the Texans a Saturday game in Tampa, freeing all of us to Red Zone Channel the hell out of Sunday.
I wouldn't rule out the worst of the six NFC playoff teams if it's Dallas that ends up winning the NFC East.
Kansas City is 9-4 and has already booked a playoff berth after securing a fourth consecutive AFC West title in Week 14, while the 10-3 Patriots are on a two-game losing streak but will clinch a postseason spot as long as they avoid defeat in Cincinnati.
Better yet for Seattle, a loss by the 49ers (11-3) puts the Seahawks back on top of the NFC West. If it were just the Saints and Seahawks involved, the Saints would rank ahead. Buffalo clinched a playoff berth with the win and the Steelers are now still vulnerable in the Wild Card race, which could make for a fun photo finish in that regard.
Suffering numerous injuries, NY has also struggled to generate offense, generating just 16 points per game over their past three, with 14 of their points scored against Baltimore coming in garbage time.
It is hard to look at a team critically in the midst of a 6-1 run, but with the Tennessee Titans loss on Sunday I think it is time to address some clear issues this team has.
The Texans and Titans were seen as relatively evenly matched sides by oddsmakers, and the two teams were set to meet twice in the last three weeks of the season. I think the football gods owe one to the Saints after taking away a Super Bowl appearance because of a non-call on pass interference against the Rams previous year. Below you'll find projected seedings and matchups, highlighting which teams gained and lost the most. They are favored by a field goal over the Jets this week, and they will likely be favored on the road against Baltimore next week. It was also a huge letdown spot, and the Falcons took advantage of it.
They're not out, but finding a way in just got a lot trickier. It's probably too much to expect the Chiefs to lose both games (at Chicago, home for the Chargers), so let's assume they go 1-1 (which is still reaching, but necessary for purposes of this hypothetical).
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