How Sunday's games impacted the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had a bye in Week 9, but here are three ways in which Sunday's action affected them.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a mid-foot sprain in the team's 38-35 win against the Oakland Raiders. There were varying reports after the game about how long he's expected to be out. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has the latest.

"The chances are that Ben Roethlisberger is able to come back against the Seahawks after these couple of weeks off," Schefter reported. "...They're confident he'll be able to do that."

The Steelers play the Cleveland Browns in Week 10 and then have a bye before making their visit to CenturyLink Field in Week 12.

Pittsburgh has been impressive offensively. Wide receiver Antonio Brown had a monster game Sunday, with 17 catches for 284 yards. Veteran running back DeAngelo Williams did a tremendous job filling in for injured Le'Veon Bell, piling up 225 yards of total offense. If Roethlisberger returns against the Seahawks, Brown vs. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will be one of the matchups of the year.

2. The St. Louis Rams dropped to 4-4 on the season with a 21-18 loss against the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Nick Foles struggled, completing just 18 of 33 passes for 168 yards. The Rams and Seahawks are now tied for second place in the NFC West (St. Louis beat Seattle in Week 1).

Both teams are two games behind the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams have beaten the Cardinals once and are 3-0 in the division. The Seahawks have two matchups remaining against the Cardinals and are 1-1 against NFC West teams.

If the season ended today, both the Seahawks and Rams would be out of the playoffs, with the 6-2 Green Bay Packers and the 6-3 Atlanta Falcons occupying the wild-card spots. The Philadelphia Eagles also go into Week 10 with a 4-4 record.

3. The San Francisco 49ers improved to 3-6 with a victory at home against the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Jim Tomsula would not say whether the team will stick with Blaine Gabbert as its starting quarterback.

"Gabbert was our starter today, and I don’t have a comment past that," Tomsula said, per NFL Nation's Paul Gutierrez. "We got a win today.

"I’m not going to get into all that."

Sandwiched in between matchups against the Cardinals and the Steelers, the Seahawks get the 49ers at CenturyLink Field in Week 11. Seattle has feasted on struggling quarterbacksJimmy Clausen, Colin Kaepernick and Matt Cassel this season. Regardless of whether the 49ers stick with Gabbert or go back to Kaepernick, the Seahawks figure to be double-digit favorites in that game against the 49ers.