If there’s some good news for Seattle beyond the obvious knowledge that regular seasons are now 17 games and the wild card has expanded to three teams, it’s the fact that the NFC is very top-heavy. The top three teams have just a single loss, the next three have two losses, then the current 7th seeded Carolina Panthers are a mediocre 4-4. Everyone else below Carolina is under .500.
FiveThirtyEight has the Seahawks at a 23% chance to make the playoffs, which is grim but up from 17% last week. Seattle does not have tiebreakers on either the New Orleans Saints or Minnesota Vikings, but the Vikings loss to the Dallas Cowboys could prove huge. Minnesota’s next three games are at Baltimore, at Los Angeles Chargers, and home to the Packers.
DraftKings Sportsbook’s latest odds on the Seahawks making the playoffs are -280 to miss and +225 to make it. In other words the Seahawks are favored to miss the postseason for the first time since 2017, but those odds can always change on a week-to-week basis. Seattle sits at 12th in the NFC overall but they’re just one full game out of a wild card spot.
If you’re so unreasonably optimistic that you think Seattle can overcome a 4-game deficit on both the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals, the latest DraftKings Sportsbook odds have the Seahawks at +3500 to win the NFC West. Another way to say it is these are 35-to-1 odds, which in simpler terms means a massive longshot. Seattle hasn’t finished 3rd in the NFC West since the 2011 season, which is also the last time they had a losing record.
Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder late in the third quarter during Minnesota’s Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions, and he has now officially been ruled out, per the team. Cook was injured during a first-and-10 rush near midfield, and he fumbled away possession on the play.
Here is the play where Cook was hurt:
The Pro Bowl running back had rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries before sustaining his injury. Alexander Mattison took over for Cook, and he rushed for a 6-yard touchdown two drives later.
Cook opened up the 2022 regular season with a 90-yard rushing performance against the Green Bay Packers in a 23-7 victory, but he rushed for just 17 yards last Monday night in a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. His first touchdown of the season came on Sunday.
Ray and Weaver, who used to be teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, engaged in some theatrics as they both refused to return to their respective dugouts after the anthem. Their game of chicken saw them get toweled down and delivered water by their teammates. The deadlock delayed the afternoon’s first pitch by several minutes and was caught on camera. Press play below and enjoy:
As you can see, the umpiring crew grew impatient with Ray and Weaver’s displays of civil disobedience, demanding they quit goofing around and that they leave the field so that the contest could begin. Evidently Ray and Weaver waited too long to acquiesce, resulting in both being ejected from the game.
For those wondering, Ray was the “winner,” a fact that the Mariners celebrated on their official Twitter account. Take a look:
Weaver, meanwhile, has not pitched since last Sunday. Seeing as how he’s the only Royals reliever to not appear in a game this week — a development that likely has as much to do with his below-average production this season as anything — it’s reasonable to think that he may have been in line for action at some point on Sunday. Oh well.