RENTON, Wash. -- No matter how you look at it, Sunday was not a good day for the Seattle Seahawks.
The downer started when news broke that cornerback Walter Thurmond faces a four-game suspension for non-PED substance abuse. It’s a player Seattle can ill-afford to lose since Thurmond was starting for Brandon Browner, who is out with a severe groin pull.
Thurmond sent out this tweet on Sunday:
I'm disappointed in myself for letting my teammates and family down.
— walter thurmond III (@WaltThurm3) November 24, 2013
The results of the Sunday games also didn’t do the Seahawks any favors. NFC West teams Arizona and St. Louis both won. The Rams (5-6) aren’t much of a threat to 10-1 Seattle, but St. Louis had an impressive 42-21 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday. St. Louis ends the regular season at Seattle.
The Cardinals were one of the big surprises of the day with a 40-11 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Arizona is 7-4 and has won four consecutive games since the loss at home to Seattle. The Cardinals play the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Dec. 22.
San Francisco will improve to 7-4 if the 49ers win Monday night in Washington. The Seahawks play the 49ers at Candlestick Park on Dec. 8.
And the comeback victory by Carolina (20-16 at Miami) Sunday leaves the Panthers in the hunt for home-field advantage in the NFC at 8-3. It makes a win over the New Orleans Saints next Monday night even more imperative for the Seahawks.
A loss would leave both Seattle and New Orleans 10-2, only one game ahead of Carolina, the give the Saints the tiebreaker over Seattle. The Panthers and the Saints still have two games against each other.
The Seahawks still have a three-game lead in the NFC West and continue to hold down the top spot in the NFC. It all still can turn out in Seattle’s favor, but Sunday wasn’t helpful.