Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:00:49 UTThe race for the playoffs remains predictably crowded at the dawn of the fourth quarter of this NFL season, bringing with it a complicated bundle of scenarios for the division crowns and wild-card spots available for the taking. The Cowboys-Giants rematch on Sunday night will likely get the biggest ratings, but Dallas has a three-game lead in the NFC East and New York leads the wild-card pack. [...] the game on Sunday with the biggest impact on the playoff picture might be, believe it or not, Houston-Indianapolis, considering their three-way tie with Tennessee among 6-6 teams in the underwhelming AFC South. The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, trying to stay ahead in the wild-card race. Can clinch first-round bye with win, loss by Miami and loss by Pittsburgh. With division all but decided, Dolphins are first team below the cut in wild-card race facing one-game deficit behind Denver. Earlier win over Pittsburgh could come in handy, in case of head-to-head tiebreaker with Steelers. Rooting for Baltimore to win AFC North, because of loss last week to Ravens. Favorable final stretch of games gives Bills longshot hope in wild-card chase, but losing mark against AFC competition will make tiebreakers tough. With Christmas Day grudge game against Steelers looming in two weekends, Ravens will be challenged to avoid falling behind until then. Wild card also in play for loser of division race, and strong conference record will help. With potential tiebreakers not currently in favor and first wild-card spot under control of AFC West runner-up, division race is best route. If they split season series, tiebreaker scenario could go all the way from division record, common games record, conference record to strength of victory at No. 5. Could lose at Colts and still own tiebreaker, with superior division record. Can't afford to lose on Sunday with consecutive daunting road game
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:11:17 UTCrawling out of Texas come the Houston Texans , headed to Naptown for a first-place showdown with the Colts after blowing an exclusive AFC South lead. A Cowboys victory gives them the NFC East title. "A mentality is something you've built up to get to this point," says rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher. [...] they're the leader in the NFC wild-card race. Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, and Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr. The Chiefs (10-3) moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) in the AFC West, but hold the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival. The AFC North figures to go down to the wire — the Ravens and Steelers meet in Pittsburgh on Christmas night — and both teams have difficult road challenges this week. The Patriots can secure the AFC East title by winning or tying and having Miami lose, and they also have a shot at clinching a first-round bye. The Bills, led by LeSean McCoy, have topped 150 yards rushing in five straight games; their team record is seven straight spanning 1973-74. Let's also tie these two matchups together with the focus on the NFC South race that the Falcons and Bucs lead. The Bucs are getting terrific performances from a rapidly maturing Jameis Winston (15 touchdowns versus four interceptions over the past eight games), and Mike Evans, who ranks third with 1,058 receiving yards and is tied for second with 10 TD receptions. Brilliant receiver Julio Jones is battling turf toe, which could rob Matt Ryan of his top target. While the Raiders and Chiefs battled on Thursday night, the Broncos watched their division rivals. DeMarco Murray, the 2014 NFL rushing champ with Dallas, trails only the Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott in yards gained on the ground. Mariota has 21 TDs through the air, three interceptions with a 117.7 passer rating in the past eight
Fri, 9 Dec 2016 23:20:42 UTESPN’s Sheil Kapadia published a really insightful piece today and I’d highly recommend checking it out. Kapadia details the influence of author Ryan Holiday and his book ‘Ego is the Enemy’ on the Seahawks. We’ve often talked about Seattle’s penchant for players with ‘grit’. Kapadia notes: Carroll and Schneider have become infatuated with building a […]
Fri, 9 Dec 2016 22:02:00 UT
The Seahawks will be a little thin on the defensive side of the ball when they take on the Green Bay Packers on the road Sunday. Two key reserves in linebacker Brock Coyle and defensive end Damontre Moore were both ruled out of Sunday's game on the team's injury report with foot injuries. Coyle will miss his third consecutive game after suffering the injury in Seattle's Week 11 win over Philadelphia, while Moore, who played 13 snaps last week versus Carolina, will miss his second game in three weeks. Linebacker Mike Morgan, who earned his first career interception last week after returning to action for the first time since Oct. 2, was listed as questionable with a hip injury.
Fri, 9 Dec 2016 19:45:00 UT
RENTON -- The Seahawks will bring the snow with them when theu travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers. With below-freezing temperatures and flurries forecast for the teams' matchup Sunday afternoon, the conditions should feel downright homey for a Seattle team experiencing unusually cold temperatures and snow in the Pacific Northwest this week. Seattle practiced outside at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in freezing temperatures Thursday in anticipation of the cold conditions at venerable Lambeau Field, but the Seahawks weren't too worried about the possibility of playing in wintry Wisconsin weather, particularly after playing in one of the coldest games in NFL history last year.