Seattle Seahawks

Week 6 inactives: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny OUT vs. the Browns

Week 6 inactives: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny OUT vs. the Browns

Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny will miss his third game of the season with a hamstring injury. He's among Seattle's inactives against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Chris Carson will once again serve as a work horse back for the Seahawks against a Browns team that allowed 275 rushing yards to the 49ers in Week 5.

Also, as expected, D.J. Fluker and Duane Brown are out on Sunday. That means George Fant should start at left tackle with Jamarco Jones starting at right guard. It will be Jones' first career start.

Full list of Seahawks inactives:

CB Akeem King

WR Gary Jennings

WR John Urusa

G D.J. Fluker

T Duane Brown

RB Rashaad Penny

DL Branden Jackson

Browns inactives:

WR Taywan Taylor

WR Damion Ratley

CB Denzel Ward

CB Greedy Williams

DE Genard Avery

C Austin Corbett

T Kendall Lamm

Notes:

- Cleveland will be without its two starting corners, which should provide a boost to Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

- Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier and second-round pick Marquise Blair are both active against the Browns. Both rookies were healthy scratches against the Rams in Week 5.

- Jordan Roos and Jacob Hollister are active as well after being promoted from the practice squad on Friday.

Jadeveon Clowney mum on his future, has Super Bowl aspirations with Seahawks

Jadeveon Clowney mum on his future, has Super Bowl aspirations with Seahawks

Jadeveon Clowney has been down this road before – one where at season’s end, there’s no telling where it leads next. He was in that position in 2018, playing out his fifth-year option with the Houston Texans.

He faces similar uncertainty this year as he’s expected to become an unrestricted free agent in March. But while the contemplations of “what’s next” consumed him in Houston, he’s not letting such thoughts cloud his mind this time around.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” Clowney said on Wednesday.

That’s because his Seattle Seahawks are 8-2, and he’s hellbent on enjoying the ride. With six games left in 2019, Seattle has it all in front of them, including the potential No. 1 seed in the NFC. Clowney is all-in, believing the Seahawks are capable of making a Super Bowl run.

“We can do something special here, and I’m not looking past it,” he said.

Part of the growing optimism in Seattle has to do with the five-sack outburst from the Seahawks pass rush in Week 10 against the 49ers. The pass rush, or lack thereof, had been Seattle’s most glaring deficiency through nine games.

Clowney had five quarterback hits, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in a game he dominated from start to finish. He said he’s been that dominant “a few times” in his career, but it was a performance that the Seahawks needed in the worst way.

He ignited the rest of the team’s slumbering defensive line. Jarran Reed had 1.5 sacks. Al Woods, Poona Ford and Quinton Jefferson also played well. Clowney called the pass rush “a work in progress,” but he believes that things are beginning to click.

“We’re just trying to figure each other out – spending time with each other, and it’s starting to help and it’s starting to pay off in the games,” he said.

“Energy” was Clowney’s operative word against the 49ers. Maintaining that energy will be crucial over Seattle’s final six games.

“Run around and have a good time and good things happen,” he explained. “That’s what we did last game – we tried to have a good time. You could see us excited about it, running around, enjoying playing with each other, and everything was good coming our way.”

Clowney has been Seattle’s best defensive lineman by far, even if the sack numbers don’t show it (he’s got just three this season). But turn on the tape of any Seahawks game and you’ll notice that Clowney is the only player who has consistently generated pressure.

He’s not worried about his own numbers, but he knows the group as a whole needs to replicate its production vs. the 49ers.

“I don’t care who gets (the sack) or when it happens, just get (the quarterback),” Clowney said. “We hadn’t had them in so long, and we needed some.”

He explained his two-plus months in Seattle have been nothing but positive since the Seahawks acquired him just days before the regular season on Aug. 31. Clowney credited defensive line coach Clint Hurtt with teaching him to use his hands more as well as the importance of pass rush angles.

He’s mentioned multiple times in the past that Seattle’s weather is an adjustment, but it doesn’t seem like life in the Pacific Northwest has truly set in for him.

“It’s been wild – this whole experience; this whole year has just been mind-blowing for me,” Clowney said.

Seattle isn’t able to re-sign the star edge rusher until after the season, but contract talks haven’t even begun according to Clowney. All we know is that the Seahawks agreed not to use the franchise tag on him.

It’s hard to imagine Clowney passing up an opportunity to hit the open market, but that’s a different conversation for a different day as far as he’s concerned. Clowney has played in three-career playoff games – none bigger than the AFC divisional round. He’s hoping that changes this season with Seattle.

How Shaquem Griffin can be a mismatch despite not being prototype edge rusher

usatsi_11102680.jpg
USATI

How Shaquem Griffin can be a mismatch despite not being prototype edge rusher

Given the madness of the Seattle Seahawks overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers, it was pretty easy to gloss over a notable lineup change.

Shaquem Griffin was given his first defensive reps of the season – 13 to be exact. That’s the same number of snaps Ziggy Ansah played in what was a 50/50 timeshare. However, that could turn into a complete changing of the guard moving forward.

“He’s active,” Pete Carroll said of Griffin following the primetime win. “We’re going to find ways to utilize him. It’s really clear, more than it has been, that we might be able to build a role that could be a factor We have to work at that more so just to use his speed. He’s instinctively a good rusher. He’s just not very big. You have to do special things with him. We’ll put that together and see if we can make that a good complement to what we’re doing.”

Ansah has been a non-factor this season. He’s posted just one sack in seven games – a garbage takedown of Kyler Murray on the last play of the game in Seattle’s Week 4 win over the Cardinals. He’s been borderline invisible beyond that play.

Conversely, Griffin has clearly made enough progress to take advantage of Ansah’s series of underwhelming performances. He explained that his hard work in practice had paid off and that he was put into the defensive gameplan prior to the matchup against the 49ers.

“It just felt good (to be back out there),” Griffin said. “I know what I’m doing out there. Me having that feeling, it kind of just slowed the entire game down.”

Griffin was active albeit unproductive in his limited action. However, his motor and work rate alone are an upgrade over what Ansah had provided. He shared that some of his mistakes came from second-guessing his rushes. Coaches told Griffin that he needs to commit and be decisive.

“It’s all preparation and making sure that I’m ready," Griffin said. "The coaches aren’t going to put you in a situation where they feel like you can’t have success at.”

As Carroll mentioned, Griffin (6-foot, 227 pounds) is gravely undersized by edge rusher standards. By comparison, Carroll recently told reporters a few weeks ago that he wanted to see Ansah at 270 pounds.

Griffin, who knows he’s not a prototype edge player, would rather focus on his strengths – his speed (Griffin ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine) chief among them.

“I can go fast – the offensive lineman can’t. I can bend – the offensive lineman can’t,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to utilize the things they can’t do well and be able to work it the whole week. If they don’t like bending, make them bend. If they don’t like running, let’s make them tired.”

His goal will be to make offensive linemen rush their mechanics and force them to get to their spot quicker than normal.

“Once you make them feel uncomfortable out there, that’s when things open up,” Griffin said.

Seattle’s pass rush came alive against the 49ers with five sacks. Jadeveon Clowney dominated the entire game, but he could still use more help on the opposite edge. That’s what Griffin, who is still looking for his first-career sack, hopes to provide against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12.

It appears to be Ugo Amadi time for the Seahawks

111819-amadi.jpg
USATI

It appears to be Ugo Amadi time for the Seahawks

On Monday, Pete Carroll explained that starting nickel cornerback Jamar Taylor was in a "competitive situation."

Less than 48 hours later, Taylor has been waived by the Seattle Seahawks in order to make room for Ed Dickson. The veteran tight end was activated from Injured Reserve on Wednesday morning.

Dickson's return is notable given Luke Willson's hamstring injury, but the bigger story here is that Seattle will have a new starting nickel cornerback moving forward.

Ugo Amadi is the obvious name that comes to mind. The rookie fourth-round pick started Week 1 at nickel but had been replaced by Taylor since. It now appears that he's made enough progress to win the job back.

“He’s doing really well,” Carroll said of Amadi on Monday. “He’s been a playmaker on special teams throughout. His opportunities will continue to come about because he’s been so consistent in everything he’s doing. He hasn’t done anything that isn’t good.

“I’m anxious for him to contribute more. He’s been with us long enough that it’s time for him to get some more opportunities.”

Amadi has been practicing primarily at nickel while getting a few reps at safety as well, according to Carroll. Given that Taylor struggled in recent weeks, most notably against the 49ers in Week 10, it makes sense for this move to be made now.

Seattle goes on the road in Week 12 to play the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that lacks standout receivers with DeSean Jackson on IR and Alshon Jeffery nursing an ankle injury. On paper, it's a nice matchup for Amadi to get his feet wet and knock the rust off as he gets back into the swing of things. Depending on the matchup, Akeem King may also see some time at nickel against bigger slot receivers a la Larry Fitzgerald.

Hustle, sizzle and savor: D.K. Metcalf plans for life after football

Hustle, sizzle and savor: D.K. Metcalf plans for life after football

D.K. Metcalf has been cookin’ for the Seattle Seahawks this season.

The first-year wide receiver has quickly become one of Russell Wilson’s main contributors, hauling in 35 receptions for 595 yards and five touchdowns.

But Metcalf’s goals extend beyond the football field. In a recent “Plan for Amazing” video with The Players’ Tribune and John Hancock, the 21-year-old shared his aspirations to serve up more than game-changing plays: Metcalf wants to be restaurateur after he hangs up his cleats. 

"I'm more than just an athlete," Metcalf said in the video. ”I can be a chef or a restaurateur if I want. When I think about retirement, the three words that really stick out to me are hustle, sizzle and savor.

“I know when I'm done playing football, I want to open up my own restaurant."

The Seahawks second-round draft pick says he discovered a passion for food while in high school and planned to go to culinary school if football didn’t work out.

“When I was in college, I worked at probably the only Italian restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi,” Metcalf said. “Working at the restaurant, I used to always just sit in the back, eat the bread and watch the chefs cook and how they can, like, come together, basically like a football team."

While Metcalf’s has proven he’s more than just a physical marvel, his 1.9 percent body fat and chiseled abs have us anxiously awaiting the menu at his future restaurants, hopefully in the Seattle area one day. 

Fann Mail: Predicting the Seahawks record over the final six games of 2019

111819-mailbag.jpg
USATI

Fann Mail: Predicting the Seahawks record over the final six games of 2019

We’ve reached the home stretch of the 2019 regular season. The Seattle Seahawks (8-2) are destined for the postseason once again, but there are still a wide variety of potential outcomes for how this thing could play out.

Seattle very well might be a wildcard team, playing on the road throughout the playoffs. The Seahawks also have a prime opportunity to claim the top seed in the NFC, a first-round bye and homefield advantage.

The likelihood of those outcomes is the focal point of this week’s mailbag. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.

Here are Seattle’s final six opponents: Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Panthers, Cardinals and 49ers.

And here’s how I’d divide those games.

Should-be wins: Panthers and Cardinals. (You simply cannot drop a game to the Kyle Allen-led Panthers or to the Cardinals at home.)

Potential losses: Eagles and Rams. (Both on the road against teams that are better than their record indicates.)

50/50: Vikings and 49ers. (Both at home, but CenturyLink Field isn’t the impenetrable fortress that it used to be.)

I predict a 4-2 stretch over the next six games. There’s no reason why the Seahawks can’t run the table, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if they went 3-3. Either outcome would be good enough for a postseason birth. It would take 4-2 or better if Seattle hopes to win the division. The 49ers have a brutal three-game gauntlet upcoming against the Packers, Ravens and Saints. Seahawks fans will have to hope San Francisco drops at least one of those three.

Russell Wilson is still the MVP in my view, but Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson helped their respective cases in Week 11 while the Seahawks were on a bye.

I believe Baltimore would still have a winning record without Jackson. That’s not to minimize what’s been an incredible season for the second-year running back quarterback, it’s just to say that he’s had more help.

In my definition of “most valuable,” I’m looking at the potential drop-off should a given player leave the lineup. Baltimore would be able to weather the storm without Jackson. By those standards, that’s why Drew Brees wouldn’t be in the conversation this year – because the Saints were unbeaten without him.

The same can’t be said, in my opinion, for Dallas and Seattle. Both teams would fall apart without Prescott and Wilson, respectively. Prescott leads the league in passing yards while Wilson leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and passer rating. I’m giving Wilson the edge given Seattle’s 8-2 record to Dallas’ 6-4 record.

It’s very safe to say that Marquise Blair has lost his starting spot. Quandre Diggs isn’t going anywhere, especially after Pete Carroll called him a “settling presence” at free safety. Blair will now only see the field in dime situations (or if Diggs suffers an injury, of course), but that will depend on the game plan week-to-week. Seattle simply hasn’t used its dime packages very often this season.

I actually don’t think the game plan changes much with either. Gordon, to me, is an upgrade over Jaron Brown and David Moore, but I don’t think the Seahawks are going to drastically alter their game plan a la San Francisco following the trade for Emmanuel Sanders. Gordon is a complimentary piece to Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

I don’t have a ton of expectations for Ed Dickson given the emergence of Jacob Hollister. Seattle would be foolish to diminish Hollister’s role in favor of Dickson given his recent hot streak with three touchdowns over the last two games.

Let’s start with Jarran Reed, who can still earn himself some money this season and in the playoffs. He played a gigantic role in Seattle’s win over San Francisco and looked like the player who accumulated 10.5 sacks in 2018. He could end up commanding top-tier money among 4-3 defensive tackles if he continues that level of play over Seattle’s final six games.

Fletcher Cox is the highest paid player at $17.1 million per year. Reed isn’t likely to surpass that, but he could end up in the $14-$16 million range. That would put him in the conversation with Geno Atkins, Kawann Short and Linval Joseph.

Ifedi has shown he’s a capable starter without any traits that stand out as exceptional. I could see him being in the $5 million range depending on who else is on the right tackle market. That’s what the Bills gave Ty Nsekhe this past offseason.

Taking a wide receiver in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft would certainly be a luxury pick, but solidifying a talented receiver trio with Lockett and Metcalf would be tantalizing. Seattle wouldn’t have to worry about wide receiver, theoretically, for three to five years if they made such a move.

I think the Seahawks would have to absolutely fall in love with a player in order for this to happen. If other players grade out similarly, Seattle would be wise to focus on positions of greater need: offensive line and pass rush to name a few.

Matt Hasselbeck, no question. He’s the franchise leader in passing yards (29,434) and ranks third in touchdowns (174). Hasselbeck made three Pro Bowls and led Seattle to its first ever Super Bowl appearance. He’s more than deserving of a spot in the Seahawks Ring of Honor. Shaun Alexander, Steve Hutchinson and Marshawn Lynch also have strong cases. As for active NFL players, well, Seattle is going to have some tough decisions to make down the road.

Don’t plan on seeing John Ursua unless Seattle suffers more than one injury at receiver.

I don’t know, do you really want to give up a week of late-January, early-February weather in Seattle for a week in Miami? Makes you think…

Give me “Elf” and all of the baked goods. ALL OF THEM.

I’m a lost cause. I wish I had a better answer for you. :(

4 notable post-bye week updates from Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

111819-amadi.jpg
USATI

4 notable post-bye week updates from Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

The Seattle Seahawks returned to work on Monday for a bonus practice following the team’s Week 11 bye.

Pete Carroll spoke to reporters following the session and provided a few interesting updates regarding Seattle’s roster and other NFL headlines. Here’s what you need to know from the presser.

1. Tyler Lockett (leg) is on the mend

Lockett spent two nights at Stanford hospital to make sure his leg contusion didn’t worsen. Carroll said initially there was fear of compartment syndrome developing. Carroll said he felt badly for Lockett as it’s “always a weird feeling” leaving guys behind.

The good news is that Lockett is on the road to recovery, and there’s still a chance that he plays in Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“He’s doing better,” Carroll said. “We’ll know more later in the week, but we’re hoping – planning on him being able to play. He’s got to show it to us, so we’ll see.”

2. Seattle looking at a TE swap in Week 12

Unlike Lockett, Carroll wasn’t as positive about Luke Willson (hamstring).

“It’s going to take Luke a bit. I don’t think he’ll have a chance to make it back this week. We’ll see what happens.”

That all but assures that the Seahawks will activate Ed Dickson off of Injured Reserve. The deadline to do so is 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Jordan Roos is a likely roster casualty in order to make room for Dickson. Phil Haynes would become the backup center if that ended up being the case. Wilson could also be an IR candidate if they deem his hamstring injury severe enough to warrant such a move.

“We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to get Ed to go,” Carroll said. “We’re thinking that’s where we’re going to go with this.”

3. A potential opportunity coming for Ugo Amadi

Seattle’s fourth-round pick has been a staple on special teams and has flourished into a standout gunner on punt coverage. But apparently he’s been progressing on defense as well.

“He’s doing really well,” Carroll said. “He’s been a playmaker on special teams throughout. His opportunities will continue to come about because he’s been so consistent in everything he’s doing. He hasn’t done anything that isn’t good.

“I’m anxious for him to contribute more. He’s been with us long enough that it’s time for him to get some more opportunities.”

Amadi is working primarily at nickel while getting a few reps at safety as well. Given that Jamar Taylor has struggled a bit in recent weeks, Carroll hinted that Amadi’s time could be coming.

“He’s in a competitive situation,” Carroll said of Taylor. “He has to keep doing well to hold his spot.”

4. Seattle misses Colin Kaepernick’s workout.

Carroll said that the Seahawks sent a representative to attend Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday in Atlanta. However, once the location was moved last minute away from the Falcons practice facility, Carroll said that logistics didn’t work out.

“I was real curious to see how the workout went,” Carroll said. “Just competing as always.”

That feels a bit odd to me. If 27 teams were apparently able to make it at one location, it’s weird that only eight were able to make it to the revised location. The high school was reportedly only an hour or so away from the Falcons facility. It kind of seems like a statement being made by the teams who opted not to make the drive.

Get to know ‘Cable Thanos,’ the creative mastermind behind viral Seahawks videos

cable-thanos.jpg
Russell Wilson/Twitter

Get to know ‘Cable Thanos,’ the creative mastermind behind viral Seahawks videos

You might know this guy already, or at least know of him. If you don’t, you’ve assuredly seen his work pop into your social media feeds.

His name is Josh Cashman – a 24-year-old from Mukilteo, Wash., who is a lifelong Seahawks fan and current student at Western Washington University majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies and Video Production. You likely know him by his Twitter handle: @cablethanos_.

He’s the mastermind behind the viral Seattle Seahawks hype videos beginning in 2018. Cashman, the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, detailed how these videos came to be.

But let’s start with his moniker. Where’d “Cable Thanos” come from? The Avengers reference is pretty obvious, but Cashman explained that it was meant as a joke toward Tom Cable. Some on Twitter pointed out that Cable shared a resemblance with Marvel’s most epic villain. So Cashman edited something featuring Cable wearing Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet. Instead of Infinity Stones, the gauntlet was filled with underwhelming offensive linemen. When Cable snapped his fingers, a la Thanos in the movie “Infinity Wars,” Russell Wilson disintegrated like the Avengers.

Now back to the videos. The first one was made after the Seahawks beat the Lions last season to improve to 4-3.

Cashman created it almost satirically given that nobody expected Seattle to be any good. Based on all preseason expectations, 4-3 felt like a record worth celebrating, even if it was mostly in jest. Seahawks Twitter loved the video. While Cashman only expected to make the one, the people demanded for more.

“They kept winning and I kept making them and here we are,” Cashman told NBC Sports Northwest.

The videos are hard to describe – a combination of fun and ridiculous that leave you asking yourself, “What on earth did I just watch?” (Deadspin compiled a few of the videos into one article)

“I don’t pride myself on its professionalism, I pride myself on as in-your-face-as-possible and as crazy as I can make it,” Cashman said.

He’s doing a damn good job of sticking to that mission statement. The football highlights take a back seat in Cashman’s videos to well-timed movie references, video game clips and other bits and pieces of pop culture. A healthy dose of poking fun at media who count out the Seahawks is also a sure-fire way to rally the troops on social media.

After posting a few videos, Cashman’s work broke outside of the bubble of Seahawks Twitter. They went viral with fans and media around the country wondering what was happening in the Pacific Northwest. There was a FOMO element that had others wishing they were part of the Seahawks Twitter community.

Cashman’s video after Seattle’s win against the Chiefs in Week 16 literally changed his life forever. To that point, no Seahawks player had interacted with one of the pieces. But this one caught the eye of Russell Wilson. Seattle’s franchise QB quote tweeted the video which sent Cashman's Twitter ablaze.

“My notifications were going crazy,” Cashman said. “I couldn’t look away from my phone. It was blowing my mind.”

Cashman, in random fashion parallel to his videos, replied to Wilson asking if he’d like to play Super Smash Bros together. It was meant as a joke, not that Cashman wouldn’t want to play video games with Wilson, but because he assumed there was zero chance of it ever happening. And yet, Wilson accepted the offer.

“Two months later I was at his office, and now I’m part of his team,” Cashman said.

Wilson and Cashman were joined by fellow Seahawks players D.J. Fluker and Jaron Brown for the video game session. Wilson used Donkey Kong and he wasn’t very good, according to Cashman.

“He was like a D+,” he said of Wilson’s video game abilities.

That meetup took place in May. Now, as Cashman alluded to, he’s part of Wilson’s production company West2East Empire. He’s one of the editors and producers that puts together all types of recap and promo videos, usually surrounding Wilson and wife Ciara’s many ventures.

Cashman said the quarterback seldom calls him by his real name, instead referring to him by his Twitter handle. After wins, Wilson will reach out to Cashman and the rest of his team asking for innovative ideas for social videos.

“He knows what I’m good at and what I can do,” Cashman said. “It’s a collaborative effort. We are all sending ideas to each other.”

His work – both the short clips and his famed two-minute long hype videos – have collectively garnered several million views on Twitter.

Cashman used to make one after every win, but now they’re simply too involved to keep up with that pace. Now he saves his masterpieces for “big wins,” including Seattle’s Week 10 victory against the San Francisco 49ers on “Monday Night Football.”

“Hopefully we can get some more big wins so we can have more videos,” he said.

At 8-2, there’s a strong chance that the Seahawks keep Cashman busy through the final month and a half of 2019 and even as the calendar turns to 2020.

“That one win proved so much for this team, and I think they could actually go really far,” Cashman said.

Catch the entire conversation with Cashman on the Talkin' Seahawks Podcast.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: A conversation with 'Cable Thanos,' the creative mastermind behind viral Seahawks videos

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: A conversation with 'Cable Thanos,' the creative mastermind behind viral Seahawks videos

If you're scrolling through Seattle Seahawks football related content on Twitter or social media, chances are high that you've seen a video that has gone viral from an account called 'Cable Thanos'.

On the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast, Seahawks Insider Joe Fann sits chats with ‘Cable Thanos’, the creative mastermind behind viral Seahawks videos on Twitter and Youtube. The two dive into the behind the scenes of making the viral videos and how it all got started. Also, they talk about Cable Thanos, AKA Josh's, relationship with Russell Wilson, and what it's like to hang out with the QB of his favorite team.

Listen to the full podcast below:

MORE ON THE SEAHAWKS

7 teams Seahawks fans should be rooting for in Week 11

Seattle Seahawks positional grades through week 10

 

7 teams Seahawks fans should be rooting for in Week 11

111319-murray-bosa.jpg
USATI

7 teams Seahawks fans should be rooting for in Week 11

Seattle Seahawks fans can rest easy and enjoy some stress-free football on Sunday as their team takes its bye in Week 11. But while the Seahawks (8-2) are idle, there are still certain results that would help Seattle’s playoff chances.

Here are seven teams that Seahawks fans should be pulling for on Sunday.

1. Atlanta Falcons (at Carolina Panthers)

The Panthers are 5-4, and the Seahawks have a chance to put the Panthers away in Week 15, but a loss Sunday would all but remove Carolina from the wildcard discussion. Atlanta impressively beat the Saints in Week 10, and so there’s no reason why they can’t win one on the road in Charlotte.

2. New England Patriots (at Philadelphia Eagles)

Seattle is also two games up in the loss column over the 5-4 Eagles. A win for the Patriots would all but end Philly’s wildcard hopes before the Seahawks play the Eagles on the road in Week 12.

3. Detroit Lions (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

Another similar situation here as the Cowboys are also 5-4. The difference is that Seattle doesn’t play Dallas. The Seahawks shouldn’t need any help against the aforementioned trio of 5-4 teams, but it couldn’t hurt in case Seattle went through a rough patch over the final month and a half of the regular season.

4. Denver Broncos (at Minnesota Vikings)

This one would be big with Minnesota at 7-3. The Week 13 matchup when the Seahawks host the Vikings on “Monday Night Football” could have serious playoff implications in terms of seeding and potential first-round byes. Seahawks fans wouldn’t mind having more than a one-game cushion going into that contest. A Denver win would be a huge upset as the Broncos (3-6) are 10-point road underdogs.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

This is another game that would be huge if Seattle has hopes of getting a first-round bye, or, in the best-case scenario, home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Seahawks and Saints (7-2) are tied in the loss column, but New Orleans owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bucs are 5.5-point underdogs, but the Saints are coming off a game in which they failed to score a touchdown against the Falcons. This feels like a bounce-back game and a rout in favor of New Orleans, but Seahawks fans can still hope.

6. Chicago Bears (at Los Angeles Rams)

The Rams (5-4) have struggled mightily this season as teams have replicated Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl recipe for slowing down Sean McVay’s offense. Still, Los Angeles is just two games back of Seattle in the loss column. With games ahead against Seattle and San Francisco, the Rams have a chance to surge over their final seven contests, albeit an unlikely outcome at this point.

7. Arizona Cardinals (at San Francisco 49ers)

This, obviously, would be the upset that completes a perfect week for Seahawks fans. Seattle beat San Francisco in Week 10 to hand the 49ers their first loss of the season. It put the Seahawks in control of their own destiny in the NFC West. The Seahawks don’t need help, but nobody in Seattle would argue with an Arizona win ahead of the 49ers grueling three-game stretch against the Packers, Ravens and Saints from Weeks 12-14. San Francisco is 9.5-point favorites, and it feels like this one will be a blowout.