Will the Seahawks sail over some of their remaining opponents...or fall flat.
Last Sunday's loss essentially removed the Seattle Seahawks from any remaining playoff conversations. Instead, a week-by-week breakdown of the games left on the Seahawks' schedule is more pertinent in draft-status analysis.
There is a simple answer to queries on how many more games Seattle will win. There are many national analysts that would assert that number is zero, not to mention a lot of NFC West fans.
There is even a group of Seahawks fans that would be content ending the season at 2-14. It may be a small group, but the Seahawks have a lot of young talent. They figure to be a much better team in 2012 and aren't likely to be selecting early in the draft in the years following.
Seattle is currently in position to have the eighth selection in the 2012 NFL draft. Their remaining schedule could have them dropping several spots, though. It will be interesting to see how a team that has little to play for, aside pride and draft position, will respond.
This game creates about as much uncertainty as the Seahawks offense. Seattle has been able to compile yards and points with Tarvaris Jackson in at quarterback, while they have struggled with Charlie Whitehurst under center.
The issue last weekend was capitalizing on scoring opportunities. Much of that falls to a lackluster ground game while part of the blame falls to receivers dropping the ball.
If this game was in Seattle I would definitely be leaning towards the Seahawks. However, Seattle has not shown well in Dallas recently. In addition, Dallas has been able to mount a strong pass rush that could make life difficult for Seattle.
This game will likely fall to the arm of Tony Romo, as teams have not been able to run well on the Seahawks. If Seattle can mount some pressure from their defensive line, their secondary could take over this game and earn a road win.
Prediction: Dallas 17, Seattle 16
Projected Record: 2-6
The Baltimore Ravens could be the only team that has been more inconsistent than the Seattle Seahawks. They have managed to manhandle the Steelers and the Jets, but lost to the Jaguars and almost let a home game slip away to the Cardinals.
They will be headed to Seattle in what could be a dangerous game. They are on the road in Pittsburgh the week before, and host the Bengals the week after. Seattle could be overlooked as they focus on their divisional foes.
Ray Rice has been the heart of their offense, both on the ground and as a receiver. The Seahawk defense is likely to make gaining yards on the ground difficult, but their linebackers have not consistently been able to cover running backs in pass routes.
Seattle still has a surprise or two left with their schedule, and this could be the game it happens.
Prediction: Seattle 24, Baltimore 13
Projected Record: 3-6
The Rams have had a rough run so far in 2011. Expected to challenge for the division title, there was a concern that their early schedule could put them in too much of a hole to rebound. I had predicted a 1-6 start, but didn't expect that win to come against the Saints.
That appears to be the case and the Rams could be eliminated from playoff contention by the time this game is over.
The Rams will fight to save some credibility and find some positives to build on for the 2012 season. That will likely start with a divisional road win in Week 9, building upon the home win over Arizona.
St. Louis could welcome Seattle to town with a three-game win streak at risk.
Prediction: St. Louis 23, Seattle 20
Projected Record: 3-7
Reeling from a road loss to the Rams, Seattle will find their offense back at home. The Redskins started the season off strong, but have been in a tailspin the last three weeks.
Both teams could have identical 4-7 records after this game if Seattle can pull off the home victory. It will be interesting to see which of these quarterback-needy teams has the motivation to win this game.
The loser will likely be the winner in draft status and a shot at Landry Jones.
Prediction: Seattle 31, Washington 10
Projected Record: 4-7
There is a new "91" in Seattle that will be looking to plant the Eagle's quarterback.
Taking most of a day for travel across the country will take its toll on Philadelphia. This could be enough to sway the game Seattle's way if the Seahawks can find some continuity on offense over the next month.
The Eagles could still be waffling in mediocrity come Week 13. However, their win over the Cowboys is more likely an early indication that Philadelphia is ready to start winning.
Prediction: Philadelphia 21, Seattle 13
Projected Record: 4-8
Draft picks be damned, the Seahawks will be looking for revenge if they lose the road game in St. Louis.
Expect Seattle to get it at home against the Rams.
The Seahawks will have a long break before this game. After a home game against the Eagles on Thursday, the Rams come to town in what looks to be a disappointing Monday night matchup.
Seattle will have 10 days to heal and prepare for the Rams without having to travel. They will capitalize on the opportunity in front of their home fans.
Prediction: Seattle 31, St. Louis 10
Projected Record: 5-8
Seattle had a big road win in Chicago last season. Unfortunately for Seahawks fans, it wasn't in the playoff game that would have allowed them to host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.
It doesn't look like either team will be making a play for the playoffs in 2011, though. Look for the Bears to get just enough production out of their offense to win this game.
Prediction: Chicago 17, Seattle 13
Projected Record: 5-9
There will be two things working against the 49ers in this Week 16 matchup.
First the 49ers will not likely have much to play for. They will likely have the division wrapped up around Thanksgiving. There may be some implications for playoff seeding remaining.
Second, expect a Seahawk team looking for some redemption. They were in a position to win the first week of the season but couldn't pull out the win. This may have had an impact on their season.
Prediction: Seattle 24, San Francisco 17
Projected Record: 6-9
The Seahawks picked up their first win of the season against the Cardinals at home in Week 3. Since then, Seattle has continued to improve while the Cardinals have continued to struggle. They did manage a close game and a heartbreaking loss to the Ravens last week.
If there was a game that would be easy to sandbag for Seattle, this would be it. They will be on the road against a divisional foe.
I don't see Pete Carroll concerned with draft status when his team is on the field, though. Look for Seattle to round out another mediocre season in Arizona.
Prediction: Seattle 20, Arizona 10
Projected Record: 7-9