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Door is closing for Hawks
Published 11/1/2012 6:00:00 AM
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The Seattle Seahawks have a record of 4-4 entering the most crucial part of their season.

With the San Francisco 49ers defeating the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC West Division is likely out of the Seahawk’s reach as they trail San Francisco by two games.

But Seattle still has a way to sneak into the postseason by taking the wildcard spot, which they are one game away from. The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings sit as the two current wildcard eligible in the NFC.

The offense has shown signs of improvement with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson passing for more than 250 yards and two touchdowns. However, the competition in the NFC will require the Seahawks to score more points.

Marshawn Lynch has had his ups and downs this year, but he’s the motor for Seattle’s offense. Without Lynch, the Seahawks have no running game, which puts a lot of pressure on Wilson to do all the work.

Lynch has only rushed for three touchdowns and had four games achieving more than 100 yards. Fans haven’t seen his typically explosive plays this season. When is the beast going to be unleashed?

This Seattle offense can’t rely on its defense to always keep them in the game because as we saw last Sunday, the defense looked out of sync.

This Seattle defense, once considered one of the best in the league, looked lost against the Detroit Lions last Sunday. The Seahawks secondary had no answer for Matthew Stafford who threw for 352 yards, three touchdowns passes and one running touchdown.

With Minnesota coming to town this Sunday, the Seahawks must pull off a win or their playoff chances will go down the drain.

The defense needs to get its act together because the Minnesota Vikings have a talented offense, with top running back Adrian Peterson, break-out quarterback Christian Ponder and explosive wide receiver Percy Harvin.

The Seahawks can’t joke around this week as they prepare for battle, and Richard Sherman can’t create any off-the-field distractions.

Richard Sherman has the potential to be a legit lock-down corner back in his second year with the Seahawks, but he needs to mature quickly if this Seahawks team wants to be successful.

There are no guaranteed wins the rest of this season for the Seahawks, and they can’t afford to lose two or even three games.

In order to increase their chances of making the playoffs, the team has to dominate their most winnable games, which are at home against the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

Only one game separates each team that is fighting for a wildcard spot. A few wins against some of the NFL’s top teams is a nice achievement, but Seattle’s mission is to reach the playoff promised land and the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks have the talent to go 7-1 in the second half of the NFL regular, it’s just a matter of the team showing up the next eight weeks.

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