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It’s Thanksgiving, and the Seattle Seahawks can be thankful that the NFL gave the team a Thursday game in order to wash the bad taste of the Week 11 collapse against the Los Angeles Rams. Of course, Week 12 brings a matchup against the NFC West leading and second seed in the NFC San Francisco 49ers.
On the heels of being swept by Sean McVay and the Rams for the second time in three seasons fan confidence is at the second lowest level of the season, with confidence only dipping lower after the Hawks lost to Los Angeles to open the season.
With that in mind, the Seahawks have entered the rough patch in the schedule, with the next four opponents - the 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys - currently sporting three of the top four records in the conference. That has fans looking forward with pessimism, which means the results of the poll regarding whether it was more likely that the Hawks would lose out than make the playoffs somewhat questionable.
Realistically the Seahawks need win just three, possibly even two, of their remaining seven games in order to make the postseason, while eight consecutive losses would be unprecedented during the Pete Carroll era. Certainly, it’s possible the latter could happen, especially if Geno Smith were to be lost to injury and the team forced to turn to Drew Lock, but given that reports have Smith expected to play, hopefully that won’t be the case.
In any case, even though the Hawks don’t need to win many down the stretch to be in playoff contention, most fans do not expect a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving itself.
That’s more than 80% of fans expecting the rival Niners to upend the Seahawks and drop them to 6-5 on the season ahead of the Week 13 road trip to take on the Dallas Cowboys. That certainly would not be a great start to the most difficult portion of the schedule, but the on field performance of the Hawks this season has certainly failed to instill confidence in fans.