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Monday Round-Up: Which Defeated Playoff Teams Are Best Set Up For 2017?

ESPN Insider looked at which defeated playoff teams have the best chances of making it back to the postseason next year.

Good afternoon, 12s. 

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today —Monday, January 23 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks The Second-Best Defeated Playoff Team Set Up For 2017

Only two teams are left this NFL season as Atlanta and New England meet in Super Bowl 51 on February 5. 

For ESPN Insider, senior writer John Clayton, however, looked back at the teams that have been eliminated this postseason and ranked them based on who he believes has the best chances of returning to the playoffs next year. 

Pittsburgh, who New England defeated yesterday, was listed at No. 1, while Seattle finished right behind them at No. 2 among the 10 teams. The Seahawks fell to Atlanta in the Divisional round. 

Here's why Clayton believes Seattle will appear in the playoffs for the sixth-straight season: 

*While the Seahawks might not be as dominant as they were in 2013 and 2014, they are in a great spot to make another run. For the second consecutive year, their schedule is easy -- they will face opponents with a combined 2016 winning percentage of .455. They were 3-2-1 in the NFC West in 2016, but that should be better next season. Their defense won't be facing as many quick-release pocket passers in 2017. They don't face Tom Brady, and they face more running quarterbacks of the NFC East and AFC South. *

Social Post Of The Day

Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes from Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who posted this photo of his brother, Martellus, on Instagram following New England's victory last night. 

AFC champion @martellusb yes sir balling n next super bowl champ

A post shared by Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) on

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle handed out his season honors. 

Doug Baldwin has been added to the Pro Bowl. 

The Seahawks joined The Whale Museum in remembering Granny, the estimated 105-year-old killer whale. 

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times continues his positional reviews and looks at the tight end group heading into the offseason. 

Travis Pittman of King5 looks at five things to watch this spring/summer in Seattle. 

Finally, Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald answers four major questions about the Seahawks. 

Team photographer Rod Mar shares exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Seattle Seahawks' trip to Atlanta for the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Falcons.

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