BY Art Thiel 04:48PM 12/18/2016

Seahawks back to No. 2 spot; Jags fire Bradley

A 17-6 loss by Detroit (9-5) Sunday to the New York Giants (10-4) allowed the NFC West champion Seahawks (9-4-1), who beat the Los Angeles Rams Thursday,  to move ahead of the Lions and back into into second place in the NFC playoff seedings with two games remaining.

The Seahawks host Arizona (5-8-1) Sunday, then travel to woebegone San Francisco (1-13) on New Year’s Day. If they win out, Seattle will hold the No. 2 seed and the benefits that come with it: A first-round bye, then a home game in the second round.

If the Giants win out, despite the half-game edge over Seattle, they would be a wild-card entry if NFC East leader Dallas wins out. The Cowboys beat Tampa Bay 26-20 Sunday night and moved to 12-2 to eliminate any chance the Seahawks had of advancing to the No. 1 seed.

Only division winners get the top four seeds, and if the Seahawks win out, their record will be better than whoever wins the NFC North and NFC South.  They would host the highest remaining seed Jan. 14 or 15.

Bradley, ex-Seahawks assistant, fired by Jaguars

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks from 2009-12, was fired Sunday by Jacksonville owner Shad Khan after the Jags lost 21-20 to Houston, the club’s record ninth loss in a row, to fall to 2-12. The Jags had a 20-8 lead before the Texans (8-6) rallied in the final three minutes for a 21-20 win.

At 14-48 over three-plus seasons. Bradley had the second-worst winning percentage of any NFL head coach who has coached at least 50 games.

He was hired as DC by Seahawks coach Jim Mora in 2009. But after Mora was fired following a 5-11 season, Bradley was kept by incoming coach Pete Carroll. In 2012, the Seahawks led the NFL in fewest points allowed (15.3).

General manager Dave Caldwell, who hired Bradley from Seattle after the Jags’ 2-14 season, was to hold a press conference Monday to announce an interim coach. The Jags expected contention in the weak AFC South, and in the off-season, Bradley was given a one-year extension through 2017.


  • Steed

    Considering how this season has gone with Wilson’s injuries, and the line, and Thomas being out, and Bennett, Sherman freaking out, and even Hausch money being devalued, its pretty cool that they just have to win 2 games to be the second seed. It’s amazing.

    • art thiel

      True. As you have no doubt witnessed, no NFC teams are anywhere close to formidable.

  • DJ

    Thanks Art. Sorry to hear about Gus Bradley. Hard to say it was all him, but it’s difficult to defend coming up second best in close games on a regular basis – competitive is entertaining, but the oWners pay for W’s!

    NFL mobile shows 12 games occurring next Saturday, Christmas Eve, including the Seahawks v Arizona (not Sunday); two games Sunday and one Monday.

    Interesting arrangement – don’t believe I’ve seen so many games on Saturday before. I guess the NFL is trying harder to honor employees’ time with their families on Christmas day? Right! Nothing like the NFL keeping the pedal on maximizing ratings and revenues –

    Just hope that the Seahawks can do the same and keep the pedal on kicking butt as they close out the regular season – number one seed could indeed make itself available for the taking. Nothing like being ready to accept it and it’s virtues!
    GO HAWKS!!

    • art thiel

      I believe the NFL has done that before with Christmas on Sunday.

      It is a generous and beneficent group of oligarchs who deign to please the bourgeoisie with thoughtful gestures upon the holiday.

      • Comrade Suge

        I don’t have a huge problem with the NFL players (and NBA) players playing on Christmas seeing how they have an offseason and are paid quite well. It’s the concession and attendants I sympathize with.

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    • WestCoastBias79

      Fun fact on Bradley’s winning percentage. Bill Belichick could go winless for 41 years and would still have a better one. QB’s are apparently important.

      • Comrade Suge

        …and of course Belichick would be smart enough not to take the Jacksonville job (when he took the NE job, they had Bledsoe).