It’s week 17 of the NFL; the culmination of a surprising regular season of football. This season has bad it all, lack luster comebacks, team scandals, quarterback controversy, sideline outbursts, key injuries, coach fines…did I forget anything? The final games of the regular season are sure to be just as enthralling with playoff implications dependent upon key game decisions. As for the Seahawks a week 17 win would clinch the NFC West title, guarantee them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and match the franchise record for wins in a season.
The Seahawks are focused on bouncing back from a loss last week against the Cardinals at home-their first of the season. The consensus is that the 17-10 loss was actually a blessing in disguise, receiver Doug Baldwin said, “It’s a good thing it happened here because now we know we’re not invincible at home. This is going to help us, not only with the next game, but through the playoffs if we get home-field advantage.” Getting the W needed could be more challenging despite the St. Louis Rams 7-8 record and the fact that they haven’t won in Seattle since 2004. The Rams come to town on a two game winning streak and the best run defense in the league since week 10.
If the Seahawks are going to improve to 13-3 today they have to get back on track offensively. The offensive line has to protect Russell Wilson and give home time in the pocket (he was sacked seven times last week) and Marshawn Lynch has to have a impact running the ball (he only rushed for 71 yards on the Cardinals). Defensively, the Seahawks just need to continue their great work. Keep pressure on the QB and force bad throws. Pete Carroll is ready for the game, “We’ve always had tough games with these guys and they’ve been tough on everybody in the division and nothing should be different about this one.”