Seattle Seahawks Might Not Be Out of It Just Yet

Nick HambletContributor INovember 8, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Don't get me wrong, the Seahawks' 2-5 start is horrendous.  In nearly each of its losses, this team has looked down right ugly.

But with the 1-6 Detroit Lions coming to town this Friday, Seattle has a chance to stay within shouting distance of the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle's hopes might still be alive if the following two scenarios play out.  

First, The Cardinals (4-3) travel to Chicago this Sunday to take on Jay Cutler and the Bears and lose.  

Second, Seattle picks up a victory at home against Detroit, setting up a week 10 NFC West showdown.

Week 10 sends the Hawks to Phoenix to take on the Cards in a game that if the Seahawks win could presumably result in a tie of the division lead with Arizona.  Or, a tie for second depending on what the Niners do the next two weeks, seeing as they hold the tie breaker over Seattle and Arizona so far this season.

If Seattle can get to 4-5 after week 10 they might still have a shot at making a run for the division.

Seattle's schedule following week 10 is relatively easy.  If you exclude the road games in Minnesota and Green Bay, Seattle plays the remainder of their season against teams who are a collective 10-29 at this point.

For this scenario to play out Seattle needs to catch some breaks, and they might finally be catching one.

The injury bug, which has been such an enormous obstacle for this team to overcome the past season and a half might finally be a subsiding.  

For the first time this season, all men on the active roster participated in practice yesterday.  

That includes LT Sean Locklear who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since going down in week two.

Locklear stepped in to fill the shoes of Walter Jones, who has been placed on IR for the remainder of the season.  Following Locklear's injury, Seattle sustained injuries to their third option at LT, and have started two others in the position since.

Locklear's return might give QB Matt Hasselbeck the time and protection he needs to get this offense moving.  

Only time will tell how this season will play out for the Seahawks.  

One thing is for certain, lose to Detroit on Sunday, and it is time to begin scouting for next year's draft.