Salty Seahawks could wreak havoc in the postseason

Salty Seahawks could wreak havoc in the postseason

On a team loaded with youth, it took veterans such as linebacker Bobby Wagnerand offensive tackle Duane Brown to remind their young teammates that figuring out who you take longer than two weeks.
Judging by the Seahawks' 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, it took something closer to 14 weeks. Once Seattle finally discovered who it is, it was hard to deny that what's old looks new again.
"Great, hard-nosed defense, running the ball as an offense, a very physical group, that's what we tried to create over the season, and we've been able to accomplish that," Brown said. "Tonight was a prime example of that. It was just a grind it out, not very flashy game."
Sound familiar? It should.
These Seahawks aren't the same group that lorded over the NFC in recent years, something Wagner has taken upon himself to hammer home to his teammates. They are, however, following a similar blueprint that has long been a tried-and-true formula for postseason success.
This win was undoubtedly ugly, with yards hard to come by and points even more scarce. That's exactly what should concern Seattle's potential playoff opponents.
Mathematically, the Seahawks have not yet clinched a playoff berth. But barring something catastrophic, the Seahawks will be playing in the games that matter most come January.
At 8-5, Seattle's chances of reaching the postseason jumped to 99.6 percent, according to ESPN's Football Power Index calculations.
In this, the era of golden-armed quarterbacks and scoreboard-busting offense, there's still some room for good defense and a power running game. The Chicago Bears showed it Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams, and the Seahawks doubled down Monday against the Vikings.
For much of this season, the Seahawks' defense hasn't looked dominant. But if the group that showed up Monday night can build on shutting down the Vikings, it will be exactly the type of salty outfit that can wreak havoc in the postseason.
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