In a year where injuries have reigned supreme, ravaging nearly every NFL lineup in a major way, the Seattle Seahawks have avoided the injury bug, at least at the quarterback position.
Including Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, the NFC West has seen 12 different quarterbacks start a game this season.
The #Seahawks are the only NFC West team not to have multiple starting QBs this season:#49ers:
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 30, 2022
Interestingly enough, the San Francisco 49ers are on their third quarterback but have been able to find success throughout the entire season.
Having the NFL’s best defense can certainly help a team win games, evidenced by the 49ers’ recent success with a seventh-round draft pick, Brock Purdy.
The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams haven’t been quite as lucky.
The Rams have experienced a Super Bowl hangover of sorts, as they are firmly out of the playoff race.
In the Cardinals’ case, their quarterback struggles, along with being one of the worst defensive teams in the league have attributed to their 4-12 record.
The Seahawks have gotten lucky and found a diamond in the rough in Smith.
Smith was Russell Wilson‘s backup but had gotten the chance to play, often shining in relief of Wilson.
This gave Seattle confidence in Smith, and it has resulted in an 8-8 record, and an outside shot to make the playoffs this season.
To do so, Seattle will need to beat the Rams on Sunday and will need the Detroit Lions to beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.