The hardest four
4. Dallas Cowboys – Week 3 at CenturyLink
Why do I have the Cowboys this high? Because I think Dallas is going to be completely loaded on offense and Seattle might have to outscore Dallas. Based on last year, the Seahawks defense won’t be very good and Dallas could easily score 30 points or more on Seattle. Sure, Dallas might be rebuilding its defense a bit, but Seattle has a way of starting slowly offensively early in the season.
3. Los Angeles Rams – Two games, one away (week 10) and one at CenturyLink (week 16)
The Rams could even be number one on this list. Even in the worst of times for Los Angeles this past decade they seemed to find ways to beat the Seahawks at least once during any given season. But the Rams probably have more high-end talent on their roster still, especially with Aaron Donald who seems to menace Russell Wilson. If Seattle can get one win against the Rams, that would be a very good thing.
2. Buffalo Bills – Week 9 in Buffalo
I just don’t like this matchup. The Bills have a very good defense, has the game at home in cold Buffalo (it is always cold, even in July, I think) and added speedy receiver Stefon Diggs. Buffalo is beginning to think they can win. I think they do against the Seahawks.
1. San Francisco 49ers – Two games, one away (week 17) and one at CenturyLink (week 8)
The 49ers have become one of the better run franchises in the NFL. Even though they had just five draft picks this year, they chose players that should do really well and fit their system. Plus, the traded one pick for left tackle Trent Williams. Last year, of course, San Francisco made it to the Super Bowl and should be just as good in 2020. A win in either of the two games against the 49ers for the Seahawks would be an accomplishment.