The Seattle Seahawks are not in a playoff spot with a week left in the regular season. They can sneak back in with a win over the Arizona Cardinals and a loss by the Green Bay Packers to the Chicago Bears, but at the moment it doesn’t feel like either outcome is likely.
If the Seahawks make the playoffs, they will be slotted no earlier than 19th by virtue of being a wild card team. As things stand, Seattle is almost smack dab in the middle at No. 15 overall, separated by the “strength of schedule” tiebreaker. The Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints are both “ahead” of the Seahawks in the draft order by having easier schedules, but Denver is mathematically eliminated—this is, in part, because Seattle lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If the New Orleans Saints fail to make the playoffs—a Tampa Bay Buccaneers win over the Carolina Panthers + either a Seahawks or Packers win will do the trick—then Seattle’s extra third-round pick will be from a non-playoff team. We want both the Saints and Broncos to lose in Week 18 to get that pick a little bit higher, and based on SOS that pick will come via Denver and not New Orleans.
A Seahawks loss might be able to get them close to the top-10 but the SOS tiebreaker will make it impossible for them to get all the way down to No. 10.