It’s time for part two of our bold prediction series as we continue to preview the Seahawks 2020 season. Each of the five takes in this series were submitted by fans and provide excellent topics for discussion with training camp approaching.
Part 2: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice this season.
It’s safe to say that Seahawks-49ers has reemerged as one of the league’s top rivalries. Last year’s bouts featured an overtime thriller in Santa Clara and an NFC West Championship Game that was decided by a literal inch at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle will host San Francisco in Week 8 this season and then travel to Levi’s Stadium to close out the year. Bob Condotta and I discussed whether or not we think the Seahawks have the chance to sweep the 49ers in both of those contests.
“That could be difficult to do. These divisional games are going to be tough. The NFC West is rightly being called the best division in football by a lot of people going into the season. That’s not me saying the 49ers are better than the Seahawks or will finish ahead of the Seahawks, but if I had to take this specific bet, I’d probably say no on that.”
When I went through and made a game-by-game prediction earlier this offseason, I had the Seahawks splitting every divisional matchup: winning all three games at home and losing all three games on the road.
Seattle went 3-3 in the division last year, and the division has only gotten better. The Rams still can’t be counted out, and the Cardinals appear to be way ahead of their rebuild timeline. As for San Francisco, it’s really impressive how the 49ers kept the status quo this offseason. They remain a Super Bowl favorite despite having a roster that was getting too expensive. Seamlessly transitioning from DeForest Buckner, Emmanuel Sanders and Joe Staley to Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams is as good as they could have expected.
All eyes remain on the 49ers as to whether they’re able to get a deal done with superstar tight end George Kittle, but once that box is checked, it will have been a very productive offseason in the Bay Area.