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If the Seahawks were in the watered-down AFC, they could be favorites to make the playoffs, but the sheer volume of quality teams in the NFC could leave them on the outside looking in.
What has gone a bit unnoticed is how the run defense is not quite as stout as it used to be, but it has been good enough to beat poor offensive teams into the ground. After all, they shut out the Jets offense last week.
Seattle's offense has been very up and down, reliant on explosive, downfield passing plays set by play-action, which Russel Wilson executes very well. However, they are not a team that is able to sustain offense through a tempo-based passing game like the Patriots, Packers or Saints. If those downfield plays never develop, Seattle's' offense stalls.
Even if the Seahawks find a way to sneak in to the postseason, they must get better on the road. Unbeaten at home this year, all of their losses have come away from the presence of the 12th Man, as they are a completely different team, especially on offense, without the comforts of CenturyLink Field.
Odds: 50 percent