After Week 16 of NFL games, the playoffs are nearly set although there are division title battles on the horizon.
The weekend games of Week 16 of the NFL season are finished, and most of the playoff berths have already been clinched in both conferences.
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions both clinched playoff spots, and they will battle each other for the NFC North title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East after destroying the Indianapolis Colts, 42-7, and the Philadelphia Eagles are in danger of missing the playoffs after a loss to the Washington Redskins.
The Seattle Seahawks are in prime position to win the NFC West after dominating the Arizona Cardinals, 35-6, on Sunday Night Football. They are just a home win against the St. Louis Rams away from clinching the division title and No. 1 seed.
The Pittsburgh Steelers also secured a playoff spot in the AFC, and they are a home win against the Cincinnati Bengals away from winning the AFC North.
Here are five things to take away from the NFL’s latest events heading into the final week of the regular season.
5. The Seattle Seahawks defense is here to stay
The Seahawks have not lost one bit of their swagger that helped them win the Super Bowl in 2013, and their defense is just as dominant as the Super Bowl squad’s. It may arguably be even better if they can keep up the sort of production they have maintained in their five-game winning streak. After a rough patch that caused fans and pundits to talk about a Super Bowl hangover, the Seahawks put these whispers to rest as they have won eight of their last nine games.
During their winning streak, the Seahawks have allowed 14 points or less in each game. They held a high-powered Philadelphia Eagles offense to 14 points, and they have swept the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals while allowing seven points or less in all of those games. The stats back up the Seahawks’ dominance too as they rank first in scoring, total and pass defense while ranking third in run defense.