The Seahawks' game against the Rams on Sunday represents their best chance for a victory in their final three games.
Beyond that game, the Seahawks play the 8-5 Jets, a game in which coach Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre will reunite for one final time, and then in Arizona against the division champion Cardinals.
The Seahawks nearly had an upset victory at home against New England last Sunday, but they relinquished a late touchdown to the Patriots then fumbled away an opportunity in their two-minute offense to win or tie the game, dropping a 24-21 decision, their sixth straight loss.
If the Seahawks don't defeat the Rams, there is a very good chance they will finish at 2-14, matching their 1992 record, when their offense scored only 140 points all season.
Holmgren said all last week that he expected Hasselbeck and Jones to play. But on Friday he said that Jones' leg injury had not healed enough, and that Hasselbeck still was feeling the residual effects of getting sacked so often in the loss to Dallas and that his chronically sore back had acted up again.
It is unclear if the Seahawks just thought it wise to sit Hasselbeck because Jones was not going to play and they didn't want to risk his future.
Still, Seneca Wallace performed as well as he has ever played for the Seahawks, scrambling for first downs, being accurate with his passes and throwing for three touchdowns.
That may prompt Holmgren to once again go with Wallace, whose makeshift line also performed extremely well against New England.
The other notion is that the Seahawks may not actually want to beat the Rams. They are familiar with such a scenario because in 1992 they beat the 2-14 Patriots to win a tiebreaker, but the effect was that New England got Drew Bledsoe and Seattle got Rick Mirer.
If the Seahawks defeat the Rams, it almost guarantees that St. Louis finishes the year with a worse record. That may not seem like a big deal, but remember the careers of Mirer and Bledsoe and reconsider.
They Said It: "Statistically, that is a big part of our season. It is something that has to be looked at and fixed. Now, we're not going to fix it in three games. But in the future it is something that has to be fixed." -- Holmgren, on the defense's inability to get off the field on third downs.
-- Sean Locklear was switched from right tackle to left tackle against New England to fill in for Walter Jones, who has a leg injury. The move allows the Seahawks to evaluate Locklear as their potential left tackle of the future.
--QB Matt Hasselbeck has a back injury and did not play against New England. His status for next week is uncertain.
--OT Walter Jones has a leg injury and did not play against the Patriots. His status for next week is unclear.
--LB Leroy Hill has a stinger that prevented him from playing against the Patriots. It is unclear if he will be able to play against the Rams.
--DT Red Bryant has a high ankle sprain that kept him out of his fifth straight game. He will practice this week but it remains to be seen if he will play.
--RB Julius Jones did not play a down for the first time in his career. It was the coach's decision.