When the Seattle Seahawks hit the field in Munich, Germany for their contest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they did so with a comfortable game and a half lead atop the NFC West division.
However, since falling 21-16 to the Buccaneers, Seattle's closest division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, have won two straight primetime games, the latest of which a 38-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
With that, the Seahawks' division lead has evaporated, as both teams hold a 6-4 record with seven games still to play. The 49ers technically have the tiebreaker due to their commanding 27-7 win over Seattle in Week 2.
However, everything's still to play for entering the closing stretch, including what's shaping up to be a crucial Thursday Night Football game at Lumen Field on Dec. 15 when San Francisco travels to Seattle.
Still, there's three games to play for both sides before then; the Seahawks will host the Las Vegas Raiders (3-7), travel to take on the Los Angeles Rams (3-7) and return home to face the Carolina Panthers (3-8). In essence, it's a very manageable stretch.
The schedule isn't as easy for the 49ers, who get three straight home games, hosting the New Orleans Saints (4-7), Miami Dolphins (7-3) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5).
Considering how both teams have played, there's a chance the second and final regular season matchup features both at 9-4. With just three games to play thereafter, the stakes are set to be at a season high ... but the Seahawks can't afford to look ahead and suffer a setback.
Seattle will look to get back to its winning ways and re-gain momentum lead (and the division lead) Sunday against the Raiders, with kickoff set for 1:05 p.m.
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