I think we can be the 6th seed. I don't see SF losing more than 4 games this year even with their tough schedule coming up. 5th is more or less locked up by Chicago/Green Bay for whoever loses out on that race. NFC East has become a joke this year as well as the South. Going into this season I thought we could be 10-6 by being consistent at home and dropping some games on the road we could win. So far that seems to be our blueprint.
RW is growing every game. He had MANY passes yesterday that were third or fourth reads while still in the pocket. That is a HUGE improvement from early in the season when he looked to run after 1 or 2. Everyone who talked about his work habit to improve after every single game was correct. This guy must live in the film room. I love it....it is the same thing that got Peyton to where he is today. Even though it is unlikely we see him become Peyton Manning, the work ethic is there to be successful.
Sidney Rice is becoming a #1 WR. Anything thrown to him is caught. I'm really glad we are starting to throw to him more. I'd like it if he got even more looks.
Marshawn will consistently be a top 5 RB this season. We are lucky enough to have a guy like him who will get positive yards 9/10 times even when plays blow up. That is huge.
Run defense has been shaky, but we will not face another RB like Peterson the rest of the season. That guy is Minnesota's offense. He made some incredible Barry Sanders like cuts yesterday. If we can shore up our interior rush defense, we should be back where we started the season.
Teams still can't throw deep on us. Once again the majority of their passes were short/middle, and we did a much better job covering that even if Ponder blows. My biggest complaint in the past few games was how deep Earl had been playing, especially with how no teams throw deep on us. Yesterday he was much closer to the line of scrimmage and made a ton of big plays.
Special teams is looking everything but special. There needs to be some major changes there.