The Seattle Seahawks are already the NFC favorite thanks to their stingy defense, keyed by their intimidating secondary. That unit received a boost on Friday as cornerback Walter Thurmond returned to the team after a four game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The team made a corresponding move to make room for Thurmond, releasing corner Perrish Cox.
Thurmond was having a solid season for the Seahawks before he got dinged; he had one interception and according to ProFootballFocus his performances consistently graded out well, especially in pass coverage. He was also coming off two of his best games of the season (against admittedly weak opponents in the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons).
With one regular season game left against the St. Louis Rams and then a slate of playoff games that will likely be at home, the Seahawks might be poised to make a run. They are coming off a tough loss against the Arizona Cardinals, however, and have shown a measure of vulnerability away from the 12th man.
Whether or not they make a run will come down to Russell Wilson and the struggling offense, which has looked shaky at times. But you better believe it helps their chances of winning a run of low-scoring games with Thurmond re-joining an already loaded secondary.