Seahawks Schedule: How Many Games Will Seattle Win This Season?

Anyone still wondering whether the Seattle Seahawks meant business this season received an empathic answer on Thursday night, as Seattle beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-29 on home turf.

Russell Wilson was instrumental for Seattle, finishing 17 of 23 for 268 and four touchdowns, and rushing for another 32 yards. The quarterback threw a five-yard passing touchdown to Chris Carson with the Seahawks on fourth-and-goal and just 2:28 left in the game to put Seattle ahead.

The Rams had the chance to hit back with 11 seconds left, but Greg Zuerlein's 44-yard field goal flew wide of the posts.

The win—only the third in nine attempts against their NFC West rivals—saw the Seahawks improve to 4-1, while the Rams dropped to 3-2. While the San Francisco 49ers lead the division 3-0, Seattle and Los Angeles remain the main candidates to battle it out for supremacy in the NFC West.

The Seahawks began the season as 29/10 second-favorite to win the NFC West and are now down to 9/4.

Optimism is growing in Seattle and for good reason. The Seahawks are 4-1 for only the second time in a decade and for the first time since 2016, when they last won the divisional title.

The only other occasion when Seattle made such a good start to the season was in 2013, when it began 4-0 en route to a memorable 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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It is far too early to suggest the Seahawks will again represent the NFC in the title game this year, but there are plenty of positive omens for Seattle.

First and foremost, Seattle has one of the easiest schedules in the entire NFL. The Seahawks' strength of schedule ranks at 0.479, meaning only the Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and the two New York teams have easier matchups.

It is worth noting, however, that neither team in the last quartet is a genuine playoff contender.

Of the remaining three teams, the Seahawks face the Eagles on the road in Week 11 and the Rams in Los Angeles in Week 14. Aside from two games against the 49ers—on the road in Week 10 and at home in Week 17—the toughest remaining opponent for the Seahawks are Cleveland and Baltimore.

Seattle faces the Browns on the road next week, while the Ravens visit CenturyLink Field a week later.

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Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks hands off to running back Chris Carson #32 against the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field on October 3, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Getty/Otto Greule Jr

The remaining five games on the slate are all against teams who have a .500 record or below—Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Carolina and Arizona.

Of those, only Atlanta and Carolina will be road games.

Notably, of Seattle's remaining 11 games four will be in prime-time—Week 10 at San Francisco, Week 13 at Philadelphia, Week 14 at home against Minnesota and Week 15 in Los Angeles against the Rams.

It is a positive omen for the Seahawks, who improved to 27-5-1 in prime-time games since Pete Carroll took over 2010 by beating the Rams on Thursday night.

Seattle has an 18-2 record at home and a 9-1 record on Thursday night games. The Seahawks thrive under their lights and that may well decide whether they reach the postseason this year.

All of a sudden, an 11-5 or even a 12-4 season doesn't sound as far-fetched as it might have done a month ago.