Second-half prediction on the Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. -- Here’s a game-by-game look at how I see the second half of the season playing out for the Seattle Seahawks:

Sunday vs. the New York Giants – A win to improve to 6-3. The Giants have lost three straight games and are flying cross country on a short week after a Monday night loss to the Colts. New York also may be more banged up than the Seahawks.

Nov. 16 at Kansas City – A loss to fall to 6-4. The Chiefs are up and down, but they have an outstanding defense and are No. 1 in the NFL is passing yards allowed, only 199.4 per game.

Nov. 23 vs. Arizona – A win to improve to 7-4. Any chance of the Seahawks winning the NFC West will require a victory over the division-leading Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. And the Seahawks haven’t forgotten they lost to Arizona 17-10 in Seattle last December.

Nov. 27 at San Francisco – Well actually Santa Clara now at the fancy new Levi’s Stadium. But it’s still a likely loss for the Seahawks to drop to 7-5. The 49ers aren’t as strong a team as they have been in recent years, but they'll be fired up to face their bitter rivals at home on Thanksgiving night.

Dec. 7 at Philadelphia – A win to improve to 8-5. The Seahawks catch a break here in two ways. First, they have 10 days to prepare for the cross-country game. Second, they don’t face to face Nick Foles, who’s out with a broken collarbone. Mark Sanchez will be the quarterback for the Eagles, and he’s no Nick Foles.

Dec. 14 vs. San Francisco – A win to improve to 9-5. This could be a game that decides which NFC West team still can challenge Arizona for the NFC West crown. Enjoy it, 12s. It’s your last chance to boo Jim Harbaugh.

Dec. 21 at Arizona – A loss to fall to 9-6. A game that could decide the NFC West in the stadium that plays host to the Super Bowl six weeks later. The Seahawks won a December game last year at the Super-Bowl site. Not this year.

Dec. 28 vs. St. Louis – A win to end the regular season 10-6. It’s a game the Seahawks probably will need to win to make the playoffs and a chance to make up for the disappointing loss to the Rams in October.

If things play out this way, the Seahawks probably are headed to a wild-card playoff spot and will need to win on the road three times to return to the Super Bowl.