The Seahawks will be top 5 in terms of miles traveled for the third time in the last four seasons. The Seahawks are slated to travel a total of 29,203 miles during the 2020 NFL season, ranking number 1.
Let’s be honest, this should not be a surprise for the Seahawks. They are one of only a handful of teams on the west coast. The majority of the league is in the Midwest, and East Coast. The Seahawks should just be thankful that international games were canceled.
Rumors had swirled in the past few months that Seattle would likely be playing in either Mexico or England this season. While it would be cool to say Russell Wilson has won a game in 4 different countries (He has won in Canada, England and the US. The game would have needed to be in Mexico). All the extra travel really takes a toll on the body, let alone time allotted for game preparation.
A couple of quick takeaways from the schedule release:
- The Seahawks have the 5th easiest schedule in terms of 2019 offensive production.
- The opponents combined for a 50.8%-win percentage in 2019. Their combined record; 129-125-2.
- The Seahawks will only play against one team coming off a bye week this year, the Rams. This is huge. In 2015, the Seahawks played 5 games where the opponent came off a bye week. We went 2-3 in those games.
- Seattle currently has 4 prime time games. However, don’t be surprised if this number jumps to 5 or even 6. This is especially true with the last game of the season being against the 49ers. That game could be a potential division-winning matchup, this game is not currently scheduled for prime time.
- The Seahawks have four 10 am games this year. The Seahawks were undefeated at 10 am last year, going a perfect 4-0.
- Russell Wilson will play in Buffalo this year. This will be his first game in this stadium. After this game, he will have played in every current NFL stadium, per Brady Henderson.
- Best case scenario: 13-3
- Worst case scenario: 8-8
- Realistic prediction: 11-5
NFC West predictions:
- Seahawks: 11-5
- Cardinals: 10-6
- 49ers: 10-6
- Rams: 8-8
I can see Seattle splitting the games between the 49ers, Cardinals and Rams. The Cardinals are a team to watch this year. They improved significantly this off-season in terms of overall talent. Don’t be surprised if they finish in the top 2 in the NFC West.
I can see the 49ers taking a step back. Not necessarily out of playoffs back, but a fall from 13-3 to something like 10-6. They have too many big personalities and all it takes if one bad game for the train to go off the rails. The Rams will likely maintain mediocrity in 2020. They finished at 9-7 last year, I think 8-8 is a realistic expectation.