Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Seahawks fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
The results for this week’s FanPulse survey are out, and let’s get right down to business with the weekly charting of our confidence poll. This week, the Seahawks climbed one spot to 9th among all 32 NFL team sites, with 78% of respondents expressing confidence in the direction of the franchise. Previously the Seahawks fans polled at 73%, so this is the third straight increase.
One fanbase more confident in their team than the Seahawks is Seattle’s next opponent, the Detroit Lions. Once miserable at 18% after an 0-2 start, their climb to 3-3 has seen them catapult up to 86%.
By pure coincidence, both Seahawks and Lions fans are predicting an average margin of victory of 5 points.
Now let’s get to the question of the week: “Will your team make the playoffs?”
We don’t have a graphic for this, but I can tell you that it breaks down fairly easily for Seahawks fans:
Yes, the Seahawks will make the playoffs - 80%
No, the Seahawks will not make the playoffs - 20%
In this instance, the Lions may have a higher confidence level for the direction of the franchise, but their playoff/no playoff split is 66%/34%. As for the rest of the NFL, only nine teams were more certain that they’d be in the playoffs: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots*, Washington, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Overall, 17 teams have the majority of fans hopeful for a playoff berth this season. By default, several of them will be bitterly disappointed in a few weeks.
Unbelievably, and I’m just going to assume that people were clicking the wrong button, 2% of San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals fans both said “yes” to making the playoffs. Only the Oakland Raiders unanimously voted 100% that they won’t be seeing January football
*- 4% of Patriots respondents believe they’ll miss the postseason. I... have a feeling they’ll not have much to worry about.