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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

October 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM

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The week ahead

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Every season has a critical stretch.

For the Seahawks in 2009, it was the two games that followed Seattle's lopsided loss in Indianapolis.

The Seahawks came back home 1-3, scheduled to play two in a row at Qwest Field against Jacksonville and Arizona. Seattle needed to win both of them and head into the bye at 3-3 to consider itself a realistic playoff contender considering that four of their five games in November would be played on the road. The Seahawks split those two games before the bye, and sure enough, they nosedived in November.

Seattle comes out of the bye at .500 this year, and these next four games will decide whether the Seahawks are going to stay in the thick of the NFC West or have to play catch up.

Four of Seattle's next six games are on the road, and three of those games are against teams that currently have winning records.

The Seahawks' road woes are well documented, and this team is going to have to fix that if it's going to avoid another November swoon.

In one eight-week span that began on Oct. 3 in St. Louis, the Seahawks will play only two games at home. Just two. For a team whose success has been primarily at home, this is either a death sentence for the season or an opportunity.

And if Seattle does change its road fortunes, it will be in good position with five of the final seven games of the season to be played at home.

• Worth noting that during the introduction of starters for Sunday night's game between the 49ers and Eagles, Taylor Mays announced he was from O'Dea High School. Most players name the college they attended.

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