tims4wins said:Really interesting (and important) game this week for Seattle. Carolina is coming off a bye, getting Kuechly back, and looking for playoff revenge. Their D should be able to hold up pretty well against Seattle's offense. With the game in Seattle I generally like the Hawks in this one but this could be a total dogfight - low-scoring, defensive battle. Really excited for this one on Sunday.
With the Cardinals looking like the real deal, GB being GB, the Falcons and Panthers off to hot starts (and favorable schedules), and the NFC East in shambles, the 6th spot in the NFC playoffs is still pretty wide open, so even a Seattle loss likely wouldn't put them out of that race. But a loss would definitely further diminish any slim chance they have of hosting a playoff game, especially if Arizona goes into Pittsburgh and wins. But an Arizona loss and a Seattle win would close the gap significantly. Huge swing week.
Of course, this early in the season "playoff odds" should be taken with a grain of salt larger than Peyton Manning's forehead, but it can be kind of fun to look at them anyway, even if the numbers seem a bit, well, unreliable. DVOA playoff odds have SEA at 47% to make the playoffs.
The Patriots are at 99.3%. A GB v NE Super Bowl is at 21.4% SF has the second highest % of the first pick, at 19.4%, behind HOU (20.3%) and ahead of DET (18.0%); MIA is 4th at 10.4%.