– Jim Bearor
Russel Wilson and his favorite target Doug Baldwin have lead Seattle back into NFC contention. (Getty Images)
There are no certainties in life outside of death, taxes, and that the two wild card spots in the NFC East are locked up. Both the Seahawks and the Vikings sit at 8-5, two games ahead of anyone else who has even a reasonable shot — Falcons, Bucs, Washington, Giants, Eagles — and they look more like playoff teams than anyone left in contention. Minnesota’s stock has dropped slightly as of late, with two decisive losses against the Packers and Seahawks as well as a tough last second defeat against the Cardinals this past week. These are all playoff teams though, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. The Seahawks had difficulty being effective in the ground game after losing Thomas Rawls and their remaining schedule isn’t a cakewalk (Browns, Rams, Cardinals), but they have won six of their last seven games, and Russell Wilson is coming on as a late MVP dark horse.