Unfotunately, the Seahawks weren’t able to lock up the NFC West title last week in San Francisco. There’s another chance they can do it this week, but Seattle will need the help of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Before you scoff and say there’s no chance that will happen. This will be the first time all season the 49ers will start at 10am PT. The Bucs have also been playing well. They’ve won four of their last five since nearly beating the Seahawks at home.
If Seattle wins, the 49ers lose, and the St. Louis Rams can win at home against the Saints, then the Seahawks will earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs this weekend.
Would that pose a problem? Maybe. It would be nearly four more weeks before Seattle would play a meaningful game again.
It would be a challenge, but I think it’s one that Pete Carroll would be willing to accept.
P.S. GO NAVY. BEAT ARMY.
SEahawks At giants Live on AFN xtra
This is the last road game of the year for Seattle as they have the chance to become the best road team in Seahawks history.
Not only that, but a win here would give them an good start toward coming back home and finishing off the season strong in their final two home games against the Cardinals and the Rams. Arizona is playing very well down the stretch and attempting to get into the playoffs. St. Louis always seems to play Seattle tough.
This game against the Giants is an important one to win to make sure the Seahawks can secure home field throughout the playoffs. Because of the talent of teams they face in the last two weeks, I’d feel better about needing only one win instead of two going into these final games.
Fortunately, this should be a fun game for the Seahawks defense to feast on turnovers by the Giants. Eli Manning and his offense have been the best in the league at turning the ball over to the other team. The Seahawks defense is the second-best in the league at taking it away.
If you only look at those stats, it would look like a perfect game for a big blowout on the turf that will be the home to Super Bowl 48. The Giants do have one of the top teams against the run, so they’re going to look to limit Marshawn Lynch and make Russell Wilson beat them.
That formula didn’t work out for the New Orleans Saints, but the Giants will be at home and don’t have to do anything special to try and limit the run game. That could give them the opportunity to focus more of their attention toward the Seahawks receivers.
If the Giants continue their pace as league best at turning it over, they don’t really have a chance to matter what they do. With that in mind, I think it’s fair to expect this to be the first of two trips home from New York with a win.
For those overseas, the game airs live on AFN Xtra at 1000 PT, 1800 GMT and 2230 AFG. For those aboard ship, you can cheer on the Buccaneers as they take on the 49ers on DTS Atlantic.
sea hawkers podcast episode 19
The Seahawks may have lost to the 49ers this week, but with the Seahawks so far out in front in the NFC it’s tough to take a two-point, 19-17 loss very hard. Adam and Brandan talk about the plays and penalties that had a big impact on this game. As difficult as it is to do, they even give credit (ugh) to the opposition.
Looking past this game how is the playoff picture impacted and what do the Seahawks need to do from here on out to hold onto the top seed in the NFC.
Dave Wyman, former Seattle Seahawks linebacker and co-host of the Wyman, Mike and Moore show on 710 ESPN Seattle, comes on the show to talk about if there is such a thing as a good loss and what to expect with the matchup with the Giants.
It’s a big week for emails and reviews on iTunes, so the guys read those and even offer solutions to some family issues overseas arising from Seahawks-related conflicts. Finally, Adam talks about why he’ll never buy a certain brand of headphones, Brandan breaks down how to handle any 49ers fans you may happen to be friends with, and as always the show ends with picks of those who are Better at Life than Skip Bayless.