Published on: December 17, 2022, 01:48 am.
Last updated: December 17, 2022, 01:48.
The Seattle Seahawks are fighting for the final NFC Wild Card spot, but they lost one of their top offensive weapons when wide receiver Tyler Lockett suffered a finger injury in a 21-13 loss against the San Francisco 49ers. Thursday night football.
The 49ers won the NFC West division title with a 10-4 record. The Seahawks are in second place in the NFC West, but have slipped to 7-7 and are on the verge of missing the playoffs. They are in the midst of their worst stretch of the season after losing four of their last five games.
The Seahawks jumped out to 6-3 as one of the surprise teams in the NFC. Prognosticators expected the Seahawks to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season after trading starting quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. However, the Seahawks thrived after head coach Pete Carroll promoted backup quarterback Geno Smith to starting quarterback.
Meanwhile, Wilson battled multiple injuries and a concussion during a disappointing first season with the Broncos. The Broncos were a Super Bowl contender in the preseason, but went 3-10 this season in one of the biggest slumps of the year.
Seahawks in a bubble battle
The Seahawks are in the postseason bowl with the Detroit Lions (6-7). The Lions are on the rise, but only have a 25 percent chance of securing an NFC Wild Card berth according to projections made by FiveThirtyEight.
The Seahawks have a 34 percent chance of making the playoffs with three games remaining. They have a tough game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16 on Christmas Eve. If they can beat the Chiefs, their postseason chances will take a huge leap, with a 70% chance of securing a Wild Card berth. If they lose, the Seahawks’ odds drop to 27 percent.
The Seahawks host the New York Jets in Week 17 on New Year’s Day. They close out the season against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 18.
In an unusual situation, all four NFC East teams currently hold playoff spots. The Philadelphia Eagles (12-1) have the inside track for the #1 seed, but the other three have a Wild Card spot, including the #5 seed Dallas Cowboys (10-3), Washington Commanders (7-5-). 1) as the #6 seed and the New York Giants (7-5-1) as the #7 seed.
The Seahawks need those NFC East teams to cannibalize each other so they can sneak into the playoffs. The Chiefs have a 68% chance of a Wild Card, and the Giants have a 39% chance of making the playoffs. However, both teams face off in Week 15, and the winner will drastically increase their playoff chances. A win for the Giants puts them at 90%, while the Commanders jump to 93%.
The Seahawks are +10000 odds to win Super Bowl LVII, according to DraftKings.
Lockett wants to return as soon as possible
Lockett suffered a finger injury on a freak play late in the game against the 49ers. He fractured the metacarpal bone that is connected to the index finger. Lockett will undergo surgerybut he could miss the rest of the season with just three games left on the schedule.
“A very bullish review this morning from the docs that he has a chance to come back quickly,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “I have had success with this surgeon in the past and he was truly an expert.”
With the Seahawks on the postseason bubble, Lockett doesn’t want to miss a beat.
In 14 games this season, Lockett has caught 78 passes for 964 yards and eight touchdowns. He was two touchdowns short of tying his career high of ten touchdowns, which occurred in 2018 and 2020.
In 125 career games with the Seahawks, Lockett caught 527 passes for 7,031 yards and 53 touchdowns. He averaged 13.3 yards per catch during his eight-season career with the Seahawks.
You don’t replace him,” Carroll added. “He’s such a great player that we’re not going to ask the guys to do the same thing and hopefully they’ll do it just like Tyler does.”
DK Metcalf is technically the #1 WR on the Seahawks depth chart, ahead of Lockett as the #2 WR. However, Lockett posted better stats than Metcalf this season with more receiving yards and touchdowns.
With Lockett out, Marquise Goodwin will step into the #2 WR role.
“Marquise has played really well and helped us in a number of ways, and leaning on him is a good idea,” Carroll said. “Also, our tight ends are ready to help at any time.”
Goodwin caught 27 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns this season.