Week 15 of the NFL season should be a good place to know who the true Super Bowl contenders are. But on Dec. 15, most of the NFL's leaders struggled mightily, after the Denver Broncos set the tone by getting upset on Dec. 12. In fact, divisional leaders have only been 2-5 this week, with the Seattle Seahawks standing out as one of the two winners -- at the site of Super Bowl 48, no less.
Technically, the Seahawks didn't face much of a threat in the New York Giants, so beating them by 23-0 was no big deal. However, Seattle did much better than other divisional leaders on Dec. 15, like the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots. The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts were the only other team with sole possession of first place to win yesterday, although it was against the 2-12 Houston Texans by 25-3.
As for the Seahawks, they needed a boost after getting knocked off by the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8. Nevertheless, that loss didn't do much to Seattle in the big picture. It still led New Orleans for NFC home field advantage by one game with the tiebreaker, while leading San Francisco by two games in the NFC West.
Seattle didn't come close to losing to New York, as one of the league's best defenses picked apart one of the NFL's most hard luck quarterbacks. Eli Manning threw five interceptions in his latest low point, dropping the two-time Super Bowl champion Giants to 5-9. Meanwhile, the Seahawks got to 12-2 and have a two game lead over the Saints, Panthers and 49ers for the NFC's best record with two weeks left.
The only way for the Seahawks to lose home field is to lose their last two games, while the 49ers win their last two. However, both of the Seahawks' final games are at Seattle, where they haven't lost in two years. At this rate, the next time they leave Seattle will be in a return trip to MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl.
The struggles of the Broncos, Patriots, Bengals, Eagles and Saints in Week 15 further proved how uneven the NFL's supposed best can be. Yet it may have also proven that there is only one constant frontrunner left -- and it won't be leaving Seattle again for a good long while.