Bell: Seahawks Must Beat Packers, Win 10 Games

A loss to Green Bay on Thursday would drop Seattle to 4-6

November 14, 2018 - 9:17 am

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The Seattle Seahawks (4-5) host the Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) on Thursday, and both teams desperately need a win. In fact, the loser of this game will fall behind the playoff 8-ball.

“Generally speaking, 10 wins is going to get you in the playoffs,” Tacoma News Tribune Seahawks writer Gregg Bell said on Ferrall on the Bench. “If you start getting 9-7, you need tiebreaker help and you need things to go your way. The Seahawks went 9-7 last year and didn’t make the playoffs for the first time in six years. So they need six more wins. You could argue the Packers need six more wins to get to 10 wins and assure yourself a Wild Card spot.”

The Seahawks have virtually no chance of winning the NFC West, as they trail the Rams (9-1) by four games. The Packers are still afloat in the NFC North, but the Bears (6-3) and Vikings (5-3-1) are more than formidable.

Seattle, though, desperately needs a win. A loss would drop the Seahawks to 4-6 – and 1-3 at home.

“They got to go 6-1 to get to 10 wins,” Bell said. “They play the Chiefs in December, they play the Vikings in December – and 10 days after Thursday night, they go to Cam Newton and Carolina. So they’re about out of mulligans.”

The Seahawks began the year with a 27-24 road loss against the Broncos and a 24-17 road loss to the Bears. Russell Wilson was sacked a combined 12 times in those games. Seattle has since gone 4-3, with two of those losses coming to the Rams by a combined seven points.

They’ve been better, no doubt. But 4-5 is 4-5.

“If they miss the playoffs, it’ll be by a game or so,” Bell said, “and that 0-2 start will be why.”

Big picture, the Seahawks are at a bit of a crossroads. They’ve moved on from a lot of their Super Bowl-era players, and Wilson will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

“He’s going to command $30+ million,” Bell said. “The Seahawks have no Plan B. They’re going to resign him. They know it’s going to break the bank to do it. It will be interesting to see how that affects the rest of the team. . . . I’m not sure that even the remaining core they have together is going to be here that much longer.”