The 7-5 Seahawks go into their home game against Carolina as favorites.
SEATTLE — By the looks of it, the Seattle Seahawks are among the top seven teams in the National Football Conference (NFC), which means they would be in the playoffs.
The season is already a resounding success, with Vegas odds makers predicting five or six wins for this team.
Seattle has exceeded those expectations with five crucial games remaining. Four games will be played at Lumen Field and three against potential playoff teams.
The Seahawks, however, keep the thinnest. Only a fraction separates the 7-5 Seahawks from the 7-5-1 Washington Commanders in the wildcard standings. The division-leading San Francisco 49ers are a game ahead.
December is shaping up to be an important month for the Seahawks.
- Match: Seahawks (7-5) vs. Panthers (4-8)
- Time: Sunday, 1:25 p.m
- Location: Lumenfeld, Seattle
- Important Seahawks: Geno Smith (QB), DK Metcalf (WR), Tariq Woolen (CB)
- Important Panthers: Sam Darnold (QB), D’Onta Foreman (RB), DJ Moore (WR)
The next three games will be tough tests for the Seahawks. The nationally televised tilt on December 15 against the 49ers could decide the NFC West Division. Then Seattle travels to Kansas City for a Christmas Eve game in which they will be a strong underdog. A home game against the Jets weeks after a quarterback change that revitalized the team isn’t easy either.
That’s a long way of saying: There’s all the elements of a “trap game” for the favorite Seahawks at home this week.
If the Seahawks overlook the visiting Panthers, who are somehow still in the game for the NFC division with a low 4-8 record, it would be a costly loss given the team’s postseason error rate is so low.
Panthers are still looking for a quarterback
Carolina has been one of the more aggressive teams in the quarterback market for a year.
They have done so with little success. His plan to upgrade the league’s most important position began with trading three draft picks to the Jets for Sam Darnold, who missed his starting quarterback opportunity in 2021. The No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL draft had more interceptions (13) than passing touchdowns (nine) in 12 games.
The next offseason, Carolina aggressively pursued Deshaun Watson, who instead signed a five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland. The Panthers’ next pivot was trading another draft pick for Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mayfield also flopped, throwing seven touchdowns and throwing six interceptions in eight games that year. He didn’t even average 200 yards per game in his short tenure. Carolina released Mayfield on December 5th, paving the way for… Darnold to start again.
It was a detour at quarterback position for the Panthers. Now the team is back where it started, except their moves resulted in four fewer draft picks. These will hamper their team building efforts for years to come.
Unless the Panthers pull off a surprise playoff run in 2022, there will certainly be plans to draft a quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft. Right now, the Panthers would have sixth pick overall, according to Tankathon.
Maybe a fourth time is a charm?
Seahawks 24, Panthers 14.
This is another game that the Seahawks should take care of at home.
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