It’s midseason and the Hawks are in their usual discovery mode, trying to figure out how to improve their offense enough to make a Super Bowl run.
They have failed the last two years, coming up way short in the divisional round on the road each time, and they look like they are headed down the same path this year.
In their pursuit of home field for the playoffs, the Hawks really needed to beat Washington — one of the easiest games they had left. They would have then been 6-2, just a game and a half behind NFC-leading Philadelphia (8-1), which has a bye this week. A win Thursday then would have put the Hawks at 7-2, one game behind, with the Eagles coming to Seattle in Week 13.
Now, the best Seattle can do is trail by two after Thursday and hope the Eagles stumble. Even then, it looks really hard for the Hawks to make up ground. They will be lucky to win the NFC West.
Continue reading Hawks still look like a 10-win team; more will be hard to get though
At this point in the season, every team is hurting.
The Seahawks certainly are, with 12 guys on various injured lists (IR, NFI, PUP) and eight on the weekly report. Against Houston on Sunday, they will play without five, possibly six, players who would be starters if healthy — Cliff Avril, DeShawn Shead, Chris Carson, George Fant, Luke Joeckel and maybe Justin Britt (ankle).
But, as bad as the Hawks have it, some of their upcoming foes might be even worse.
Continue reading Next three foes have some big injury woes
As the Seahawks (3-2) get ready to embark on the final two-thirds of the season, they are sitting in the driver’s seat in the NFC West and are viewed as the likely winners of the division.
After Sunday’s games, FiveThirtyEight gives them a 56 percent chance to win the division and 66 percent chance to make the playoffs. Those numbers basically match what Football Outsiders had entering the weekend. Both models put the Hawks at about 10 wins, which is where we had them to start the season and where we still think they will end up.
Let’s take a look at the rest of their schedule:
Continue reading Still looks like a 10-win season for the Seahawks
Aside from a rough opener in Green Bay, the Seahawks got as good a schedule as they could have asked for as the NFL slate was announced Thursday.
They have no cold-weather games, only one 10 a.m. game and no back-to-back road games. They also play three of their four prime-time games at home and have a decently placed Week 6 bye.
The Seahawks will start the season with a very familiar foe as they head to Green Bay to play the Packers for the sixth time in six years. This one will bring a new twist as Eddie Lacy faces his old Packers teammates to open the season.
The Seahawks have not fared well in Green Bay, losing seven straight there by an average of 18.9 points, including a 38-10 blowout last December in which Russell Wilson played perhaps the worst game of his career.
Continue reading After Green Bay, schedule is not bad
The Seahawks will have a chance to get off to a fast start before playing a host of night games at midseason and finishing with four West Coast games in the final five weeks as the NFC is decided, according to the NFL schedule released today.
The Seahawks tied 2015 with a team-record five prime-time games: at Arizona in Week 7, home vs. Buffalo in Week 9, at New England in Week 10, home vs. Carolina in Week 13 and home vs. the Rams in Week 15. They have three home night games for the first time since 2006.
They have just two 10 a.m. starts: at the Jets in Week 3 and at New Orleans in Week 8. The Seahawks are 8-8 in 10 a.m. starts since Russell Wilson became QB in 2012.
The Seahawks also have just two possible cold-weather games: at New England on Nov. 13 and at Green Bay on Dec. 11.
Continue reading Five prime-time games in pretty friendly schedule
In the NFL, April is draft month. But it also has become schedule month.
Word is the NFL will release the schedule April 19-21, a week before the April 28-30 draft.
We already know their opponents, of course. Based on 2015 results, the Seahawks have the fifth-toughest schedule next season. There’s nothing new about that, though: Their 2015 schedule ranked fourth and their 2014 slate was sixth.
But those preseason rankings don’t reflect changes teams have made since the last season ended.
As we transition from free agency month into draft month, let’s see how Seattle’s opponents have changed since last season.
Continue reading Pre-draft look at 2016 opponents
The Minnesota-Green Bay game on Sunday night did more than settle Seattle’s playoff destination: It determined which NFC North team the Seahawks will face in 2016.
The Seahawks will play a second-place schedule next season, which means they will once again face the Green Bay Packers, who finished second to the Vikings in the North.
The Packers and Philadelphia Eagles were the only unknowns entering Week 17. The Hawks already were set to face the NFC South, AFC East and, of course, NFC West.
The Seahawks and Packers will face off for the fifth time in five years (assuming the teams don’t meet in the NFC title game again this season — a safe assumption considering how pathetic the Packers have become). Like this year, that game will be in Green Bay.
Continue reading Seahawks will face Packers again next year