Written by Jared Dubin at CBS Sports.com
The Seattle Seahawks played one of the strangest games of the 2017 season last Sunday.
Seattle racked up 437 yards of offense, averaging 5.8 yards per play. The Seahawks out-gained Washington by nearly 200 yards, gained six more first downs, and won the time of possession battle by over five minutes. They held Kirk Cousins without a touchdown pass, yielded only 2.35 yards per carry to Washington’s running backs, and recorded six sacks.
Of course, the Seahawks also converted just five of 14 third-down opportunities, committed two turnovers, missed three field goals, and took an unfathomable 16 penalties that cost them 138 yards. Though they got into scoring position six different times in all, the offense was largely impotent for much of the game, with Russell Wilson throwing too erratically to prop up a typically punchless rushing attack.
They allowed Cousins to march Washington right down the field with a four-play, 70-yard drive to snatch the lead away from them after coming back from a fourth-quarter deficit, then proceeded to mismanage the hell out of the clock on their attempt at a last-ditch game-tying drive. And so the Seahawks lost, 17-14.
But Seattle lost more than just the game. Coupled with the Rams’ dominant win over the Giants, this loss dealt a huge blow to the Seahawks’ chances of winning the NFC West. The Seahawks are now 5-3 while the Rams are 6-2, putting Los Angeles firmly in the driver’s seat when it comes to winning the division.
Here’s how SportsLine’s Stephen Oh has things shaking out based on his simulations. The Rams are projected to finish just about one win ahead of the Seahawks, and they have a 58.6 percent chance of winning the division. Seattle has just a 40.3 chance of taking the NFC West.
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