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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 17 if you are a Seattle Seahawks fan

Week 17 is here and the Seattle Seahawks are holding onto a playoff berth. Who should Seattle fans root for to help their chances?

A Seattle Seahawks fan dressed as The Grinch is seen at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks have won two straight after a four-game losing streak and come into Week 17 with an 8-7 record. They are in seventh place in the NFC standings, holding the final wild card berth. They’re tied with the sixth place Rams and they sit a game up on the Vikings, Falcons, Packers, and Saints in the wild card race.

The Seahawks have a playoff clinching scenario in Week 17, but it’s an unlikely win. They need to win their game and have the Packers-Vikings Sunday Night Football contest end in a tie. The Seahawks host the Steelers and are a 3.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. While that win is a decent bet, a Packers-Vikings tie is unlikely.

While that is the only clinching scenario, here is the full rundown of games Seahawks fans should keep an eye on this weekend.

Result: The Seahawks lost 30-23 to the Steelers. They remain in seventh place with the final wild card berth, but they need a win in Week 18.

Rams vs. Giants

Result: It wasn’t pretty, but the Rams beat the Giants 26-25.

The Rams swept the Seahawks this season to secure the head-to-head tiebreaker. If the Seahawks want to climb into sixth place, they have to finish a full game up on the Rams. LA is a 5.5-point favorite.

Packers vs. Vikings

The Vikings are a 1.5-point favorite in this game. A tie is getting +7000 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, which is an implied probability of 1.41%. Since one team is likely to win this game, Seahawks fans should probably root for the Packers. Seattle played neither team and so the tiebreaker would come down to conference tiebreaker or worse. The Seahawks are 6-5 in conference, Minnesota is 6-4, and Green Bay is 5-5.

Falcons vs. Bears
Saints vs. Buccaneers

Result: The Bears beat the Falcons 37-17 to eliminate Atlanta from playoff contention. The Saints beat the Bucs 23-13.

The NFC South teams that don’t win the division are unlikely to claim a wild card berth, but crazier things have happened. Seahawks fans should be rooting for the Bears and Bucs to push the Falcons and Saints out of the wild card picture. The Bears are a field goal favorite while the Bucs are a 2.5-point favorite.