The bye week comes at a perfect time with Tyler Lockett—among others—ailing with injuries. Along with getting healthy, the Seahawks can spend their week off getting themselves prepared to finish the season on a high note.
With their win over the 49ers on Monday night, Seattle improved to 8-2 and are only half a game out of first place behind San Francisco. Regardless of whether or not they win the NFC West, the Seahawks have positioned themselves remarkably after 10 weeks.
As the Seahawks begin their bye week, there are multiple storylines that are worth mentioning.
3. Russell Wilson is making his case for the MVP Award
Russell Wilson’s best season arguably came in 2015 when he threw for 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Through the first 10 weeks of this season, the outstanding signal-caller is on pace to surpass those numbers with ease.
As of this moment, Wilson has shredded opposing defenses for 2,737 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. That means that he is on pace to finish with 4,379 yards, nearly 37 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
On top of that, Wilson is on track to rush for 409 yards and nearly five touchdowns on the ground. With those numbers, there’s no doubt that Seattle’s franchise quarterback has etched his name atop the list of players in the NFL who are deserving of the NFL’s MVP Award.
2. Tyler Lockett’s injury
In spite of being able to defeat the 49ers in Week 10, the Seahawks suffered an injury scare with Tyler Lockett. The speedy wideout left the game in the fourth quarter after sustaining a leg contusion.
Following the team’s overtime victory, Pete Carroll expressed his concern with Lockett’s injury, saying that there was some severe swelling in the wide receiver’s leg. As a result, Lockett was forced to remain in San Francisco while he let the swelling go down.
After remaining in a hospital overnight, Lockett returned to Seattle to begin his recovery process. The expectation is that he’ll be able to be ready for the team’s next game in Week 12. Having Lockett off of the field for any games could be the difference of Seattle winning the NFC West or getting a Wild Card spot.
1. The Seahawks have a legitimate chance to win the NFC West
While San Francisco was rolling through their schedule with an undefeated record, everyone assumed that they would cruise to win the division. However, by losing to the Seahawks on Monday, they now hold a mere half-game lead over their division rivals.
Even with the injuries and other shortcomings, Wilson has lifted Seattle each and every week. With the team’s remaining schedule, the Seahawks could legitimately seize control of the NFC West.
The Seahawks’ remaining six opponents share a combined record of 33-22-1. There’s a decent chance that the winner of the NFC West could be crowned when Seattle and San Francisco face one another again on December 29.