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The Seattle Seahawks have been on a hot streak lately and sit at 7-7, but their remaining schedule is the major reason why I have listed them as pretenders.
Running back Marshawn Lynch is playing like a Pro Bowler and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been more steady as of late, but the bottom line is the Seahawks would have to beat the 49ers and the Cardinals to close out the season, and that does not seem like much of a possibility.
San Francisco's defense matches up well with Seattle's run-oriented offense, and the Cardinals have been on fire just like the Seahawks lately. I'd be surprised if they were able to win both of those.