Seahawks Down But Not Out...Yet

mike landryContributor IOctober 19, 2009

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 18:  Members of the Seattle Seahawks listen to the national anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on October 18, 2009 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

After Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks and their fans are feeling the woes.  John Carlson had a pass go off his face mask in the 4th quarter that summed up the whole game. 

The 66,000 plus fans on attendence had the privilege of watching the John Ryan show. The Seahawks could get nothing going on offense except for a 40 yard pass on a fake punt from Ryan to Carlson.  I was in the Hawks nest as I am every week.  The team that played this Sunday was not the same that showed up last week.  Unfortunately, this was a big one that has left a lot of people thinking that this season is over.

Not only did the Hawks lose, but perhaps even greater was the fact that Tatupu was lost for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle that he suffered in the 2nd quarter.  Also lost was Patrick Kerney, who re-aggrevated his groin.

The Seahawks have a much needed bye week coming up.  This will hopefully be enough time to get some guys healthy and back in to action.  That being said, let's take a look at the bigger picture.  I believe it will take 10 wins to win this division. Do the Seahawks have a chance to still make the playoffs?  Here is the upcoming schedule for the Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers:


Week 7: bye; Week 8: @Cowboys; week 9: Lions; Week 10: @Cardinals; Week 11: @Vikings; Week 12: @Rams; Week 13: 49ers; Week 14: @Texans; Week 15: Bucs ;Week 16: @Packers; Week 17: Titans

(should wins:  Lions, Rams, Bucs, Titans;  Must Wins:  Cardinals, 49ers)

The Seahawks need to go 8-2 in the remaining 10 games to have a shot.  If the Seahawks pull out the 6 should win and must win games, which will not be easy, that would mean they have to win 2 of the remaining 4 games which are @Cowboys, @Vikings, @Texans, and @Green Bay. 


Week 7: @Giants; Week 8: Panthers; Week 9: @Bears; Week 10: Seahawks; Week 11: @Rams; Week 12: @Titans; Week 13: Vikings; Week 14: @49ers; Week 15: @Lions; Week 16: Rams; Week 17: Packers

(Should lose: @Giants, @Bears, Vikings, Packers; Must lose: Seahawks)

The Cardinals don't have the easiest road ahead but it may not be all that tough either.  If the Seahawks are going to have a shot at the division, the Cardinals must go 6-5 in their remaining 11 games.


Week 7: @Texans; Week 8: @Colts; Week 9: Titans; Week 10: Bears; Week 11:  @Packers; Week 12: Jaguars; Week 13: @Seahawks; Week 14: Cardinals; Week 15: @Eagles; Week 16: Lions; Week 17: Rams

(Should lose: @Texans, @Colts, Bears, @Packers, Cardinals, @Eagles; Must lose: @Seahawks)

The 49ers have the toughest road of the 3 teams and in my opinion look like they will finish 7-9.  The next two games are on the road and will be tough.  If they lose them both they will fall to 3-4 and their confidence will be shot.  That being said the 49ers must go a minimum of 6-5 for Seattle to be in it.

By looking at the schedule, you can clearly see the Seahawks may be down but they are definately not out.  The schedule plays in their favor, however it is crucial that Arizona loses some games they shouldn't in order for the Seahawks to take this division.

It will be interesting to see if Seattle makes any moves before tonight's trade deadline.  The Hawks are lacking depth on the offensive line and they need to drastically improve there to have a chance.  After the bye week, Seattle will have Marcus Trufant, Leroy Hill and Rob Simms back.  Hopefully Walter Jones and Sean Locklear will be soon to follow.

This is going to be a tight race that looks like it may come down to the final week of the season.  I wouldn't bet any money on the Hawks taking this division until you see how they respond coming off the bye.