Week 13 — vs Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday Dec. 3rd 5:30PT, NBC
The last primetime game of the season for Seattle will be when the Eagles visit CenturyLink for the second time in two years. Philly quarterback Carson Wentz and company struggled there last season during their second-half fade out of playoff contention. While I expect Wentz to be a bit more even for Philadelphia next season, I don’t see them being quite good enough to knock off the Seahawks in Seattle just yet.
Final Score: Seahawks 33, Eagles 17 (9-3, Div: 2-2)
Week 14 — at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday Dec. 10, 10:00PT, FOX
I will say this about the schedulers this year: they gave the Seahawks an extra day after their Thursday night game and preceding short week, and they gave them only one early East Coast game all year. Under Mike Holmgren, this matchup against the probably-improved Jags at 10am Pacific Time on the road would have been a trap game. Carroll has managed to avoid this inconvenience for his Pacific Northwest team for the most part.
It’s tempting to predict a Jags win at home during an early game. After all, the Seahawks lost ugly to Tampa Bay 14-5 last season. But I just don’t see Blake Bortles playing a mistake-free game against the LOB, even if he improves next year. A pick-six is a strong possibility in this one.
Final Score: Seahawks 28, Jaguars 10 (10-3, Div: 2-2)
Week 15 — vs LA Rams, Sunday Dec. 17th 1:05PT, FOX
Seattle has won six of their last seven games at home against the Rams. The Cardinals could be putting some wins together at this point in the season and coming up in the Seahawks’ rear view mirror for the NFC West, but the Rams should be just ahead of the lowly 49ers. Perhaps they surprise and contend for a Wild Card spot, but when Jared Goff comes to CenturyLink to face the LOB, et al, it’s tough to pick him in that matchup.