Seahawks: NFC West Week 16 Game Capsules
Once again the Seattle Seahawks are still barely mathematically alive in the NFC wildcard race (a 4% chance according to ESPN. Realistically though one has to think the only one team in the NFC west with a shot of post season dreams are the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers (God it hurts to say that)
The San Francisco 49ers travel to Seattle to meet what arguably is the hottest NFL team right now, the Seahawks. The St. Louis Rams travel to Heinz Field to play the Steelers. The Arizona Cardinals also 7-7 like Seattle play the Cincinnati Bengals.
Here’s my capsule previews and NFC West predictions for Week 15.
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SEAHAWKS vs 49ERS (Dec 24, 4:15 p.m. ET)
The Seahawks won last week to move the .500 mark, but they need to win out and get a lot of help to make the post-season.
Marshawn Lynch and the improved Seattle defense is the reason Seattle has been winning, but Lynch will have a hard time running the ball facing a San Fran run defense that is the best in the league and has not allowed a rushing TD this season.
The Seahawks’ defense must try to contain QB Alex Smith and especially the 49ers’ RB duo of Frank Gore and rookie Kendall Hunter.
With how solid the 49ers’ defense is the Seahawks will also have to play a great game on D to win this game. The 49ers have lost their last 2 games on the road and really need to win to stay in line to get the 2nd seed in the NFC and get a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Have to go with the 49ers in this game, as Lynch will get shut down and the Seahawks cannot rely on Tarvaris Jackson to carry the offense.
CARDINALS vs BENGALS (Dec 24, 1 p.m. ET)
Not many though this late-season non-conference game would have playoff implications, but it does. The Bengals are tied with the Jets for the last AFC playoff spot and the Cardinals are 1 game back of the Lions and Falcons for the last NFC playoff spot.
The Cardinals are red-hot winners of 4 straight and 6 of their last 7 and they are winning with a defense that has not given up more than 20 points in 5 of their last 7 games. Their D will have to play well again and QB John Skelton and RB Beanie Wells will have to play well and Skelton has to avoid the INT.
The Bengals snapped their 2-game losing streak last week in the win over the Rams, but they did not look good in the game.
Cincy may have to rely on their D as well in this game, as Andy Dalton and RB Cedric Benson has been struggling to move the chains in the last few games.
The Bengals are at home, but I see the Cardinals pulling off the upset to move to 8-7 on the season.
RAMS vs STEELERS (Dec 24, 1 p.m. ET)
The one thing the Lambs have going for them is that the season is drawing to a close. St. Louis has lost 5 straight, their passing and rushing offense rank near the bottom of the league, and their run defense ranks dead last.
The Steelers have already wrapped up a playoff berth, but they will likely have to settle for a Wild Card with Monday night’s loss to the 49ers.
Big Ben has a hurt ankle and backup Charlie Batch may start under center in this non-conference match up.
Kellen Clemens only came to the Rams at the beginning of the month, but will likely get the start at QB. He will have his hands full facing a Pittsburgh D that ranks 1st in the league against the pass and 6th against the run.
The Rams have only won 1 away game this season and the Steelers have only lost 1 home game.
This one is a real tough game to call. Yeah, the Steelers should easily win even without their starting QB under center.