Seahawks 2020 regular season schedule superlatives
Our schedule analysis rolls on now that we know who, where and when the Seahawks will be playing in 2020. I’ve already covered immediate takeaways as well as a way too early prediction for what Seattle’s record will be this season.
Now it’s time to hand out some superlatives for the Seahawks 16-game slate.
Best divisional matchup
This one is easy, it’s the Week 17 road game against the 49ers. Last year’s season finale, one that served as essentially an NFC West title game, came down to a literal inch. Both teams seem destined for double digit win seasons again in 2020, which means Week 17 could decide the division winner once again. This time, however, it’ll take place at Levi’s Stadium. Seattle won there last season in one of the most bizarrely thrilling games I’ve ever seen. My fingers are crossed that we’ll get the same excitement and stakes this time around.
Best non-divisional matchup
There are two games that I wanted to pick here, but I’ll go with Week 3 at home against the Cowboys. Dallas, while a perennial underachiever, still has a more complete roster than the Seahawks in my opinion. The Cowboys offense has juggernaut potential, and they’ve quietly added pieces to improve the defense as well. I predicted this to be a narrow loss at CenturyLink Field, but it’s one I can’t wait to see.
Best storyline you might not be aware of
As my buddy Brady Henderson pointed out, New Era Field is the final road stadium that Russell Wilson is yet to play at. (Of course that excludes SoFi Stadium and Allegiant Field, each set to open in 2020.) The Seahawks played the Bills on the road during Wilson’s rookie season in 2012, but the game was played in Toronto. This season will be Wilson’s official meet and greet with the Bills Mafia.
Seattle will have a brutal stretch of games following its Week 6 bye. From Weeks 7-12, the Seahawks will play all three of their division rivals (including the cardinals twice), the Bills on the road and the Eagles on the road on Monday Night Football. How they fare through that gauntlet will likely determine whether or not they’re in position to reclaim the NFC West crown for the first time since 2016.
From Weeks 13-15, Seattle will host the Giants and Jets before traveling to play the Redskins. The Seahawks have no business losing to Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold or Dwayne Haskins, no matter the improvements from the trio of young QBs. Seattle will surely make at least one of those games (if not all three) harder than they have to be, but you won’t find an easier stretch of three games on the Seahawks schedule in 2020.
Best primetime matchup
It’s weird not picking the Patriots game here, but I’m just not buying into the Jarrett Stidham era. I’m actually going to go with Week 11 against the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals embarrassed the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Week 16 last season. Arizona has had plenty of success in Seattle in recent history. Now they’ll return to the Emerald City with a roster that appears ready to contend for a playoff spot. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins could be a nightmare for the Seahawks for years to come.
Most likely trap game
The aforementioned stretch from Weeks 13-15 offers three prime choices for this one, but I’ll pick Week 4 on the road against the Dolphins here. Whether it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tua Tagovailoa under center for Miami, this just feels like a game where Seattle goes down two scores early and has to fight back in the game’s final minutes. You’ve seen this movie before, expect to see it again in this one. On the bright side, it never gets old watching Wilson pull a rabbit out of his hat.