One of the keys to the NFL post season is securing one of the top two seeds in your conference. The high seeds guarantee a bye into the divisional round and at least one home game. These are both huge advantages and it is no coincidence high seeds often end up in the Super Bowl. Recently the Seahawks earned themselves a key tie breaker for the NFC's top seed by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 26-24. The Falcons high flying offense makes them one of the best teams in the NFC. The Falcons also play in a weak division and are sure to rack up wins against the Panthers, Saints, and Buccaneers. So, having that tie breaker is huge for Seattle.
The two other teams that most threaten the Seahawks chances at the NFC's top playoff seed are the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are a bit of a surprise. Both of the two team's starting quarterbacks were not slated to start before the season kicked off. In both cases injury to the starter during the preseason, Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota and Tony Romo in Dallas, forced someone else to take over the quarterback job. This can be a major blow to an NFL team, so many expected these two teams to struggle. However, both have defied expectations and started out strong. Both are going to challenge the Seahawks for NFC dominance. So, let's take a look at the Minnesota Vikings.