With three games left, the Seahawks are right where we thought they would be: At 7-7 and likely on the way to our predicted 8-9 – unless their defense takes another jump from the minor one it made Thursday in a 21-13 loss to the 49ers.
Yeah, the Hawks blew two coverages on George Kittle’s touchdowns, dropped a pick and gave up a clinching 55-yard run at the end of the game. But they held the 49ers to two touchdowns (the third was a gimme by the offense) and just 115 rushing yards before Jordan Mason’s long run.
“This was the best game we’ve had in a while, and we played solid,” Pete Carroll said Friday on Seattle Sports Radio.
“We had a couple busts that were unfortunate. And … we missed three tackles downfield for enormous plays. We could have gotten out of those plays — you know, 10- to 15-yard plays — and they wound up being bigger than that. But I liked the way we played, and we played without some guys, so the guys up front did a really good job to keep us in it.
“We’re going to make sure and capture the progress we made on defense,” he added. “We did something here that is going to be really important in these next games. I know our players are feeling better about everything. It’s been a couple waves this season of our improvement, and this is the one that we have to capitalize on to finish.”
The Hawks’ playoff chances are down to 34%, per FiveThirtyEight — they need at least two wins and some losses by Washington and/or New York to grab a wild card.
They obviously will have a tough time against the Chiefs on Christmas Eve morning. They’ll have a better chance to stop the Jets and Rams in the final two games.
“We’re looking ahead to what we can become,” Carroll said. “We have some games left here to make some noise, but this is even more than that. The group, the mentality, their connectedness, their willingness to keep fighting and holding a good mentality is what really is empowering us to keep going.”