If the season ended today, I'm sure absolutely nothing would be mentioned about our first-round matchup..
Games of Interest for the Seahawks
49ers (7-2-1) at Saints (5-5)
The suddenly red hot Saints are just a game removed from the final Wild Card spot, and low and behold.. they face the team we're chasing in the NFC West. Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith stole the show last night, but a short week trip to the Superdome could be a tough turnaround. The Saints schedule gets noticeably more difficult over the next three weeks (vs. 49ers, at Falcons (Thurs), at Giants) so I believe in the interest of catching the 49ers - we should be a part of the WHO DAT nation this weekend. Especially since we should HOPEFULLY take care of business in Miami.
Falcons (9-1) at Buccaneers (6-4)
The tricky Buccaneers are tied with us at 6-4, and thanks to conference record we currently have the tie-breaker over them for the 6th seed. That doesn't mean we couldn't use a little extra breathing room from the Falcons. The Falcons are the odds on favorite to gain HFA in the NFC Playoffs this year, getting the Buccaneers back to 6-5 seems more important long term. Root for the Dirty Birds here.
Packers (7-3) at Giants (6-4)
The Packers gave the Seahawks a little help by sending the Lions to 4-6 last weekend.. putting them two games behind the Seahawks in the "L" column (remember Detroit has the H2H tie-breaker over us). Now we need the Giants to give us a bit of help by knocking the red-hot Packers off, and in the event the Seahawks win on Sunday, the Seahawks would have the edge on the Packers again in the Wild Card (Golden Tate caught it right? wink wink). Not to mention.. we just want to see the Cowboys die off sooner than later. The Cowboys almost have to win the division at this point to get into the playoffs (they lost to both the Bears and Seahawks). Go Giants!
Redskins (4-6) at Cowboys (5-5)
Life is just more enjoyable when the Cowboys lose. Go RG3. The Redskins are unlikely to make a strong playoff push, so might as well drag the Cowboys down into a deep hole with them.
Vikings (6-4) at Bears (7-3)
Oddly enough, the Vikings really don't concern me.. though they do have the same record as us, we have the H2H tie-break over them. I think in this case, we treat the Vikings like the Packers. A buffer zone is better in the long run than beating the Bears and creating a 3-way tie for the NFC North lead if the Giants also defeat the Packers. Go Bears in this case.
Are we having fun yet?!