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Seahawks have easiest remaining strength of schedule among NFC contenders

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Thanks to our friends at Pride of Detroit, SB Nation’s Lions’ blog, we can feel even more hopeful about the Seattle Seahawks chances of securing a division title and a first round bye. While the Seahawks already have a three-game lead in the NFC West (the largest of any NFL team), they also happen to have the easiest remaining strength of schedule, by opponent record.

Seattle’s last five opponents have a combined winning percentage of only .315.

That includes the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and their three NFC West foes, the Arizona Cardinals, LA Rams, and San Francisco 49ers. None of those teams have a winning record. Meanwhile, the Seahawks sit at 7-3-1, will probably be favored in all three games, and might have CJ Prosise as the only key player who is injured by next week at Lambeau.

The combined winning percentage of the 10-1 Dallas Cowboys’ final five opponents is .593, second-hardest among NFC contenders behind the 8-3 New York Giants, which is a brutal .630. The second-easiest belongs to Dan Quinn and the 7-4 Atlanta Falcons, whose last five opponents have a combined winning percentage of .400.

Despite an ugly loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.527 remaining win percentage), Seattle’s honestly in pretty good position down the stretch. They also play three of those games at home with the other road date coming in San Francisco.