Seattle still has one more game against Arizona with all three of its remaining contests against NFC West teams as it looks to close the gap atop the division. Let’s take a quick look at whether an NFC West team has a legitimate chance to cash in on the Super Bowl futures.
Who’s In Contention?
The San Francisco 49ers have suffered through a disastrous season that will be over soon and likely result in head coach Jim Harbaugh’s exit while the St. Louis Rams continue to build a strong foundation for the future under head coach Jeff Fisher. The Cardinals have managed to hold on to top spot in the NFC West even without quarterback Carson Palmer available but ultimately it could be the Seahawks that steal the division title as the defending Super Bowl champs continue to find their groove.
Can The Seahawks Win It All?
Only the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos have better odds to win the Super Bowl than the Seahawks at +500 and their recent form in dominant wins over the Cardinals, 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles is proof that they have found their Super Bowl form. Seattle is still one game back of Green Bay and Arizona for the best record in the NFC and if they can unseat the Cardinals for the NFC West crown they can potentially secure a bye and home advantage up until a potential NFC Championship game showdown against the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Seahawks might not dominate Green Bay at Lambeau the way they did at home in the season opener, but they match up well against them and as long as they reach the final four they have as good a chance as any team to get it done and repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Can The Cardinals Win It All?
The fact that Arizona is listed at +2500 to win the Super Bowl on the NFL odds is testament to how they are now regarded without Palmer to lead them as Drew Stanton just cannot be expected to lead them through the NFC playoff waters regardless of whether he helps them get in or not. The Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions are both listed at better odds to win it all and deservedly so; despite the Cardinals tough defense and special teams their offense is severely lacking without Palmer. Arizona has lost two of its last three games, and with a tough slate the remainder of the way including that date with the Seahawks there is still a very legitimate chance that they will miss the playoffs altogether this season.