Last Updated: 2017-11-10
The Seattle Seahawks survived an NFC West tilt against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night, barely. During their 22-16 win over the Cardinals, defensive back Richard Sherman tore his achilles in the second half. The good- the Seahawks are now (6-3) and half game back of the division lead. The bad- their defensive backfield is in shambles right now.
Sherman finishes his season with 25 tackles, 7 pass breakups and 2 interceptions. During his seven-year NFL career, Sherman has managed to play in every game. He’s accounted for 32 interceptions since 2011 and even led the league with eight picks in 2013. Sherman also never missed a game, playing in all 16 contests every season. Unfortunately, his streak will end nine games into the 2017 season. He played in 105 regular season games. Thanks to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, Sherman played in 12 postseason games. More importantly, Sherman’s injury may hamper his future play, as well as the Seahawks’ playoff possibilities.
Safety Earl Thomas has already missed two straight games due to a hamstring injury. His absence may have already cost the Seahawks a win against the Washington Redskins. Furthermore, Kam Chancellor left the game with an undisclosed injury. In fact, rookie Shaquill Griffin had to leave last night’s game momentarily. Another interesting point is that the Seahawks traded Jeremy Lane to the Houston Texans a little over a week ago. However, Lane’s acquisition was voided due to a failed physical. Well, he ended up playing a pivotal role for the Seahawks last night. Lane is also the player tagged with replacing Sherman for the long haul.
Keep in mind, the Seahawks have some tough offensive matchups coming down the road. They host the Atlanta Falcons next week. After a road game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks host the NFC leading Philadelphia Eagles. They also have games against the Rams and Dallas Cowboys. Those five games might be the difference between earning a playoff spot and going home early. The Seahawks already defeated the Rams, so they can win the NFC West if they complete the sweep later in the season.
For now, the Seahawks hold a spot as a wild card, but there’s a lot of competition for the final two spots. Remember, the Cowboys and Falcons face off this weekend. Therefore, it’s likely one of those teams won’t make the postseason.