Seattle Seahawks Are NFL's Undisputed Juggernaut Heading into Playoffs

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIDecember 24, 2012

Richard Sherman took a blocked kick back 90 yards for a TD on Sunday night.
Richard Sherman took a blocked kick back 90 yards for a TD on Sunday night.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks’ assault on NFL scoreboards has begun to look less like the imprint made by a football team and more like one from a basketball squad. Seattle is averaging 50.0 points per game over its last three.

In a crowded NFC playoff picture, the Seahawks (10-5) still have a chance to claim the No. 2 seed in the conference after throttling the San Francisco 49ers 42-13 in Week 15. Aside from helping their own cause by beating the St. Louis Rams at home in Week 17, they’ll need a little help from two teams. The Arizona Cardinals will need to beat San Francisco on the road and the Minnesota Vikings will have to knock off the Green Bay Packers at home.

One of those desired outcomes (Minnesota winning) is much more likely than the other.

Nobody wants to see Seattle at home if all three wins do take place. The Seahawks are undefeated in Seattle, terrorizing opponents on both sides of the ball and winning by an average of 29.5 PPG in their last four home games.

They already annihilated an NFC favorite in the 49ers and they’re a mismatch for the No. 1-seeded Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta isn’t exactly adept at stopping the run—an important element to winning in the playoffs—and the Seahawks run the football as well as anyone. A factor that could work in their favor by quieting the Georgia Dome should they travel to Atlanta.

Another thing that Seahawks fans should be excited about is the timing of their team’s peak: It’s the most wonderful time of the year to steamroll opponents and bring more components to their offensive game plan.

Russell Wilson is only getting better, as evidenced by the rookie’s career-high four passing touchdowns in Week 16, one game after four total touchdowns (three rushing) in Week 15. To top it all off, behemoth (6’4”) cornerback Brandon Browner will be eligible to return from suspension just in time for Seattle’s first playoff game.

The Seahawks are looking more and more like a destructive force as a wild-card playoff entrant. If they win their division, the 12th Man is going to wreak havoc on the opposition in the postseason.


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