With their win against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks have virtually secured themselves a playoff spot.
The Seahawks defeated the Vikings by a score of 21 to 7. With their record now at 8-5, they're now almost guaranteed at least the second Wild Card spot. Combined with their record, the Seahawks also have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NFC.
Two out of their three remaining games come against teams with a losing record, which gives the Seahawks a very likely chance to win both of those games, because they're 6-0 this season when facing teams with a losing record.
This was the Seahawks 4th straight win following their 4-5 start.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 11, 2018
They are now 24-10 (.706) all-time on Monday Night Football, the best record in series history. pic.twitter.com/o9lgHPLrzM
Those two games also come against division rivals, the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers. Both of those teams have a record of 3-10 this season, while the Seahawks have already defeated both of them this season.
This means they shouldn't have any problem doing it again, especially if their defense can continue to perform like they did against the Vikings. They held the Vikings scoreless for pretty much the entire game.
The Vikings were also held to only playing in their own half of the field for the entire first half. It wasn't until the third quarter when the Vikings were able to make a play in the Seahawks' side of the field.
It was the performance of their defense that won this game for them. The Seahawks controlled the ball for most of the game, but were unable to create many points until later in the game.
The Seahawks only need to win two of their remaining three games to officially clinch a playoff spot. They do have one remaining game against a team with a winning record. In week 16, they will face-off the AFC leading Kansas City Chiefs.
Their game does, however, take place at home, where the Seahawks have a record of 4-2 this season. That is the lone remaining game where it isn't a so-called "easy win". But, because the Seahawks should be able to win those other two games, they have now virtually guaranteed themselves a 17th franchise playoff appearance.
WHAT THIS MEANS
This win over the Vikings was the biggest win for the Seahawks so far this season. They now sit in the first Wild Card spot in the NFC. They own a 1.5 game lead over the Vikings, while also owning the tiebreaker.
The reason why this win pretty much guarantees them a playoff spot is because of their remaining schedule. Those two games against the Cardinals and the 49ers can basically already be considered as wins.
If they can clean things up on offense, along with their defense looking like the ones that took them to back-to-back Super Bowls, then the Seahawks are looking at a very deep playoff run.