Seattle is one of those teams that is hard to trust as a top playoff contender in the NFC. In Week 9, they had the opportunity to move ahead of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West but lost to the Ravens. This loss was demoralizing and justified the doubts about their ability to contend in the NFC. Their upcoming matchups against the Commanders and Rams will test their legitimacy as a playoff team. Recapturing their run game will be crucial as they rank poorly in rushing in the NFL. Despite their 5-3 record, their inconsistent performance in offensive and defensive categories makes it challenging to trust them as a playoff team. If they don’t improve, they may miss out on the postseason.