The Seattle Seahawks had another successful campaign in 2019, finishing 11-5 and making the playoffs for the second straight season. Even though they got in as a Wild Card team, they managed to win a playoff game on the road versus the Eagles before falling to the Packers 28-23 in the divisional round.
According to the odds-makers at Realbookies, Seattle’s Over/Under win total was placed at 9.5. We’ll look to see how the offseason has fared for Pete Carroll’s squad, as well as what their schedule in 2020 looks like, before giving you our official pick.
The Seahawks used some of their funds to shore up their depth on both sides of the football. On offense, they added Texans RB Carlos Hyde, Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett, and Panthers TE Greg Olsen to one-year deals, the latter two likely becoming starters. They also added a couple of new linemen in Cardinals OG Mike Iupati and Steelers C B.J. Finney. There wasn’t much free agent movement defensively other than a pair of notable acquisitions, signing Panthers EDGE Bruce Irvin for his second stint with the organization and trading for Redskins CB Quinton Dunbar.
As far as departures go, Seattle had plenty of those. OT George Fant joined the Jets while OL Germain Ifedi agreed to a deal with the Bears. DT Al Woods bolted for Jacksonville, while DE Quinton Jefferson signed with the Bills. However, the Seahawks have many other players who are still free agents, headlined by EDGE Jadeveon Clowney. Other veteran Seattle parted ways with include LB Mychal Kendricks, DE Ezekiel Ansah, C Justin Britt, WR Josh Gordon, and RB Marshawn Lynch.
With their first of eight selections in the draft, the Seahawks took Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks, who figures to start immediately. They then selected Tennessee DE Darrell Taylor in an effort to improve their pass-rush, followed by LSU OG Damien Lewis in round three. They went skill-position heavy for the rest of their draft, headlined by Stanford TE Colby Parkinson and Miami RB DeeJay Dallas.
As members of the NFC West, Seattle will meet up twice with each of their division rivals, play go up against each team in the NFC East and AFC East. As second-place finishers, they’ll also play the Falcons and Vikings over the course of the season. As a whole, it’s a schedule that’s tied for the 13th-most difficult in the league with their opponents combining for a .509 winning percentage in 2019. Based on that percentage, it’s the easiest schedule in the division.
Seattle will open up their season in Atlanta before returning home to play the Patriots and Cowboys. A road game against the Dolphins and a home game versus the Vikings lead into an early Week 6 bye. The Seahawks are then tasked with divisional matchups, four of them in the next five weeks to be exact, headlined by a home game against the 49ers. Road games against the Bills and Eagles are two of their toughest games in the second half of the season, all leading to a Week 17 showdown at San Francisco.
Even though the team has undergone several personnel changes, Seattle is still a bonafide playoff contender led by superstar QB Russell Wilson. Joining Wilson are WRs Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, as well as RB Chris Carson. They managed to re-sign DT Jarran Reed, as he returns to a group headlined by All-Pro LB Bobby Wagner and CB Shaquill Griffin.
So will it be over or under 9.5 wins for Seattle? They’ve been one of the league’s most consistent teams over the last decade, finishing first or second in the division for eight consecutive years. However, you can argue that they’ve downgraded a little bit as whole with their roster. Plus, it’s unlikely that thy go 7-1 on the road again, as all five of their non-divisional road games require long trips to the Eastern time zone. With all of that, plus an improved division, I’m picking UNDER 9.5 wins for the Seahawks in 2020.
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