The Seahawks saw their chances of making the playoffs drop markedly with Sunday’s blowout loss to the Rams. But Seattle still has chances to both win the division and earn a wildcard spot.
It might seem after Sunday’s 42-7 loss that the Seahawks don’t even deserve to win the NFC West or make the playoffs.
But despite the enormity of Sunday’s defeat, Seattle still has chances of doing each — even if each is pretty remote.
In fact, other than the Chargers, no team in the NFL saw their playoff chances dip like the Seahawks did this weekend.
The website 538.c0m assessed Seattle as having a 57 percent chance of making the playoffs and 45 percent to win the division before Sunday.
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After? Just 13 percent and two percent.
The scenario for winning the division is simple — if unlikely.
Seattle has to win its final two games — at Dallas and at home against Arizona — while the Rams lose their final two at Tennessee and at home against the 49ers.
If that happened each team would be 10-6 and Seattle would get the nod due to a better division record.
That sounds like a lot to ask for, hence 538.com’s assessment that there’s a 2 percent chance of it happening. But then, you never know.
Other scenarios for making the playoffs as a wildcard are more complicated and all involve other teams losing, meaning that, yep, the Seahawks no longer control their own destiny, which might have been the biggest thing the Seahawks lost on Sunday.
With Sunday’s loss Seattle fell to 8-6 and to the No. 8 position on the NFC playoff ladder — only the top six make it.
Seattle is tied with Detroit at 8-6 but the Lions have the tiebreaker due to a better record in common games (which isn’t going to change at this point). The Seahawks are also behind Atlanta, no matter what the Falcons do on Monday night against Tampa Bay.
Here is how the playoff picture looks as of Sunday night:
1, Philadelphia, 12-2
2, Minnesota, 11-3
3, Los Angeles, 10-4
4, New Orleans, 10-4 (Rams hold the tiebreaker on the Saints due to a head-to-head win)
5, Carolina, 10-4
6, Atlanta 8-5
7-8-9, Detroit, Seattle, Dallas 8-6 (Detroit wins the tiebreaker on both Seattle and Dallas due to a better conference record, and Seattle wins it over Dallas on higher strength of schedule).
10, Green Bay, 7-7 (Packers are not eliminated though their chances are really…