Five questions about the Seahawks' playoff scenarios

The Seahawks have won three games in a row and five of their last six to improve to 7-5 on the season.

With four games remaining, here's a breakdown of how things are shaping up for them in the NFC playoff picture.

1. What are the Seahawks' chances of getting into the postseason?

Football Outsiders has their odds all the way up to 93.8 percent after Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) has a similar number -- 91 percent. According to FPI, the Seahawks' playoff chances went all the way down to 23.8 percent after Week 6. But now, it would be a pretty big upset if they didn't get in.

2. What seed are the Seahawks looking at?

Football Outsiders gives them an 89.8 percent chance at a wild-card spot and a 4.0 percent chance at the division. To win the NFC West, the Seahawks would have to make up three games in four weeks against the 10-2 Arizona Cardinals, which would require a monumental collapse. Assuming that doesn't happen, it comes down to the fifth or sixth seed. If the season ended today, the Seahawks would be the sixth seed. But the more likely scenario (72.6 percent) is that they jump up to the fifth seed. That would require leaping over the Vikings or Green Bay Packers, who are both 8-5. The Seahawks own the tiebreaker against Minnesota but lose the tiebreaker to Green Bay on account of their head-to-head meetings with the two respective teams.

Minnesota plays the Cardinals on Thursday night. If the Vikings lose, and the Seahawks take care of business in Baltimore, Seattle moves up to the No. 5 seed going into the final three weeks.

3. Who are their most likely opponents?

If the Seahawks stay as the No. 6 seed (17.2 percent chance), they would most likely get the NFC North winner -- either the Packers or Vikings -- on the road. But as mentioned above, the more likely scenario is that they finish with the fifth seed. That will almost certainly mean a date on the road with the winner of the NFC East.

That division is currently up for grabs with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Washington all currently at 5-7. Football Outsiders gives the Eagles the best chance of winning the NFC East at 42.7 percent, followed by Washington (31.3 percent) and the Giants (21.5 percent).

4. What are their Super Bowl odds?

These took a big jump from 14/1 to 8/1, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Only four teams -- the New England Patriots (4/1), Carolina Panthers (4/1), Cardinals (9/2) and Denver Broncos (6/1) -- have better odds.

There's been a lot of talk this week about whether the Seahawks are the hottest team in the conference. Football Outsiders uses weighted DVOA to determine which teams are playing the best right now and they've got the Seahawks at No. 1. In terms of overall efficiency (DVOA) this season, the Seahawks are second behind the Bengals. They rank fifth on offense, seventh on defense and fifth on special teams.

5. What else is there to know?

If you're someone who really likes to look ahead and is wondering about the potential path to the Super Bowl, here's the deal. Barring a collapse, the Panthers will be the No. 1 seed and the Cardinals will be the No. 2 seed. That means the Seahawks would have to play on the road in Carolina or Arizona in the second round. If they are the No. 6 seed, they'll play the Panthers. If they're the No. 5 seed, it all depends on what happens in the other wild-card game. The higher seed will play the Cardinals, while the lower seed will take on the Panthers.