As we head into Week 14 the NFL’s most dangerous team is not the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it’s not the 10-2 Arizona Cardinals, and it’s not the 10-2 New England Patriots, but rather it’s the 7-5 Seattle Seahawks.
Over the last three weeks, the Seahawks lead the NFC in points per game (35.3) and outside of a game against the Steelers, their defense has been lights out. Last week they held the Vikings to a total of 125 yards.
Russell Wilson is making a late push for MVP consideration. In their last three games he completed 76% of his passes. He’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. This streak of three games is arguably the best we have seen from Wilson during his career.
Over that three game strech, Wilson’s found his faviorte target in Doug Baldwin, who was only second to Antonio Brown in targets and yards during that strech. Baldwin has stepped up to the plate and delivered more than the Seahawks could have asked for.
In addition to the prolific passing game, the offense has also found a new life in Thomas Rawls. Since Marshawn Lynch underwent surgery for a sports hernia, Rawls has taken the league by storm. He leads the NFL in yards per carry at 5.6. When he runs he looks like a younger and faster Marshawn Lynch and adds an aspect to this offense that had been non-existent all season long.
At 7-5 the Seahawks control their own playoff fate. Their remaining four games are at the Ravens, home against the Browns, home against the Rams, and at the Cardinals. The first three are likely going to be blowouts, while the fourth game could be meaningless for the Cardinals. With that said, Seahawks playoff chances are probably the best they’ve been all season. They’ll likely end up with the fifth seed because they own the tiebreaker over the Vikings.
The Seahawks are playing their best football when it matters most, and history has proven that the teams who get hot in December often find success in the playoffs. Like the 2010 Green Bay Packers, the 2011 New York Giants, and the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, who all started to play their best football in December after starting off slow, the 2015 Seattle Seahawks will win the Super Bowl.
Spark Sports NFL Analyst