Rams vs. Seahawks 2014 picks and predictions: Seattle favored to clinch AFC West
The Seahawks look to secure a division title and homefield advantage throughout the NFL playoffs.
The Seattle Seahawks will look to wrap up another AFC West crown in Week 17 when they host the division-rival St. Louis Rams. Based on the latest playoff picture, if Seattle wins versus St. Louis while the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers Packers avoid playing to a tie, the 11-4 Seahawks will be the No. 1 seed and hold home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
However, a Seattle loss opens up the door again for the 11-4 Arizona Cardinals to win the division. At this point, the only way Arizona can win the division is if it finishes with a better record than Seattle. That’s because the Seahawks won both of their regular-season matchups with the Cardinals, including a 35-6 win at Glendale in Week 16.
That’s given the defending Super Bowl champs control of their own destiny. As the No. 1 seed, the Seahawks would get a bye during Wild Card week and play the lowest remaining seed in the divisional two weeks from now. The only seed the Seahawks would not play would be the No. 3 seed, which is currently the 11-4 Dallas Cowboys.
That’s significant because Dallas won at Seattle earlier this year, so the Hawks can ensure a rematch can’t happen until the NFC Championship with a win this week. Seattle will also be looking for revenge after losing to the Rams, 28-26, on Oct. 19 with St. Louis scoring on a punt return and converting a fake punt on a fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Losing the rematch in Seattle seems unlikely, however, — the Seahawks have won 23 of their last 25 home games, which includes a 2-0 mark in the postseason.
Here at SB Nation, all of our experts are leaning toward the Seahawks.
|Ryan Van Bibber||Stephen White||Joel Thorman||David Fucillo||Danny Kelly||PFT Commenter||Matt Ufford||OddsShark|
|STL vs. SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA|