The focus of my story today is, believe it or not, the Seattle Seahawks still think they have enough gas in the tank to make a run at the postseason.
At 4-6, the Seahawks are three games behind NFC wild card co-leaders Detroit and Chicago (7-3).
And one reason for Seattle’s confidence in completing the arduous task ahead is because the Seahawks already accomplished the unexpected last season, becoming the first 7-9 team in league history to advance to the playoffs.
The Seahawks snuck in after beating St. Louis in the final regular season game. A week later, Seattle surprised the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild card game in Seattle.
So Seattle coach Pete Carroll can use last year as an example of what can happen when players remained committed to the task.
“There are a lot of games out there,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot of wins to be had if we can do it. If we stay on course with what we’re doing right now, we’ve got a formula that can get us close in every game we play.
“It doesn’t matter who we play. I don’t care what their record is or where they come from. It doesn’t matter right now. That’s a good feeling in here. How that works down the stretch, we’ll find out.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald throws cold water on anyone thinking the Seahawks have any chance at making the playoffs.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports takes a division-by-division look at the NFL playoff picture. San Francisco could clinch the NFC West with a win over Baltimore and a Seattle loss against Washington.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers these photos from Sunday’s game at St. Louis.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com previews Seattle’s upcoming game against Washington.
More Farnsworth: Carroll explains the reasons for keeping Leroy Hill around, who has flourished in his second chance with Seattle.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at where Pete Carroll sits compared to Mike Holmgren in his first two years in Seattle and finds a similar record.