Seattle vs. Buffalo: Seahawks Playoff Scenarios Hang in the Balance

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Seattle vs. Buffalo: Seahawks Playoff Scenarios Hang in the Balance
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The Seattle Seahawks take on the Buffalo Bills this Sunday in Toronto. With three games remaining on the schedule, it’s very important Seattle comes away with a win to maintain their hopes of playing in the postseason.

There are many scenarios that could play out over the next few weeks. ESPN.com’s NFL Playoff Machine allows us to take a look at a few of those scenarios.

The Seahawks have a Super Bowl-caliber defense this season as SI.com’s Kerry J. Byrne demonstrates by highlighting five key stats where Seattle ranks in the top three in the NFL. But as good as the statistics show the defense is, giving up five leads in the fourth quarter this season (Cardinals, Packers, Lions, Dolphins and Bears) also shows how they’ve struggled at times when it matters most.

Fortunately, the Seahawks were able to turn two of those fourth-quarter deficits into wins. But if Seattle had won at least four of those five games, they’d already have their playoff berth locked up.

This game against the Bills is important to continue the momentum the team has built for itself. The Seahawks bring a two-game winning streak to Toronto, following up their win on the road against the Bears and with a 58-0 win over the Cardinals.

A win on the road Sunday would be the first step. Finishing the regular season undefeated at home would be another. Going into the playoffs with a five-game winning streak would make them dangerous.

The next six slides detail what a loss would mean for their playoff hopes, and where they could end up in the playoff race over the next three weeks.

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