The Seahawks are off to a tremendous start in 2020 after finishing second in the NFC West with an 11-5 record in 2019, their best record since 2014. Surprisingly, Seattle was 8-9-1, including the postseason, last year against the spread.
Russell Wilson has the Seahawks offense firing on all cylinders to begin 2020, as he is garnering a lot of Most Valuable Player Award interest early in the season. Through four weeks this season, he is the favorite to win the award for the first time in his career.
Last year, the Seahawks had an unfortunate end to their season, as they fell to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, 28-23, in the Divisional Round. Even with the loss, the Seahawks have succeeded for the majority of Wilson’s professional career. Since he was drafted in 2012, the Seahawks have won double-digit games every year, except for one. The one year that they won fewer than 10 games was 2017 when Seattle won nine contests and missed the playoffs.
Although Wilson went for two touchdowns and one interception in Week 5, he is still the frontrunner to win the MVP Award this season. Wilson was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Weeks 1 and 3.
With Wilson’s impressive start to the season, the Seahawks are 4-0 against the spread in 2020. Seattle and Green Bay are the only two teams with a perfect record against the spread this season.
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2020 Seahawks Draft Picks
Jordyn Brooks, LB (Texas Tech)
Darrell Taylor, DE (Tennessee)
Damien Lewis, OG (LSU)
Colby Parkinson, TE (Stanford)
DeeJay Dallas, RB (Miami FL)
Alton Robinson, DE (Syracuse)
Freddie Swain, WR (Florida)
Stephen Sullivan, TE (LSU)
Notable Other New Faces for the Seahawks
Carlos Hyde, RB
Phillip Dorsett, WR
Greg Olsen, TE
Anthony Rush, DT
Bruce Irvin, DE
Benson Mayowa, DE
Damontre Moore, DE
Quinton Dunbar, CB
Linden Stephens, CB
Jamal Adams, SS
D.J. Reed, S
Damarious Randall, S (practice squad)
Notable Seahawks in New Places
Al Woods, DT – Jacksonville Jaguars (opted out of 2020 season)
Mychal Kendricks, LB – released
Quinton Jefferson, DT – Buffalo Bills
Ezekiel Ansah, DE – San Francisco 49ers
Margus Hunt, DE – New Orleans Saints
Nazair Jones, DE – released
Parry Nickerson, CB – Green Bay Packers
Bradley McDougald, S – New York Jets
Tedric Thompson, S – Kansas City Chiefs
Notable Seahawks on the Injury Report
Chris Carson, RB – questionable for Week 5 with a knee injury
Carlos Hyde, RB – questionable for Week 5 with a shoulder injury
Rashaad Penny, RB – placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List with a knee injury; expected to return for Week 8
Patrick Carr, RB – placed on injured reserve for an undisclosed reason; expected to miss the 2020 season
Phillip Dorsett, WR – placed on injured reserve with a foot injury; expected to return for Week 7
Will Dissly, TE – questionable for Week 5 with an Achilles injury
Duane Brown, OT – questionable for Week 5 with a knee injury
Damien Lewis, OG – questionable for Week 5 with an ankle injury
Mike Iupati, OG – questionable for Week 5 with a knee injury
Phil Haynes, OG – placed on injured reserve with a hip injury; expected to return for Week 5
Benson Mayowa, DE – questionable for Week 5 with a groin injury
Rasheem Green, DE – placed on injured reserve with a neck injury; expected to return for Week 7
Branden Jackson, DE – placed on injured reserve with a spine injury; out for the 2020 season
K.J. Wright, OLB – questionable for Week 5 with an illness
Bruce Irvin, OLB – placed on injured reserve with a knee injury; out for the 2020 season
Cody Barton, LB – questionable for Week 5 with a quadriceps injury
Jordyn Brooks, LB – questionable for Week 5 with a knee injury
Shaquill Griffin, CB – questionable for Week 5 with a shoulder injury
Neiko Thorpe, CB – placed on injured reserve with a sports hernia; expected to return for Week 8
Quinton Dunbar, CB – questionable for Week 5 with a knee injury
Jamal Adams, SS – out for Week 5 with a groin injury; expected to return for Week 7
Lano Hill, S – questionable for Week 5 with a back injury
Marquise Blair, S – placed on injured reserve with a knee injury; out for the 2020 season
Seahawks Who Have Opted Out of 2020 NFL Season
Chance Warmack, OG
Seahawks Offense Predictions
Russell Wilson’s 14 touchdowns through the first three games of 2020 set the record for the most in Weeks 1 through 3 in NFL history. Wilson is on his way to becoming the franchise’s best player and a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and he is hoping to lead the Seahawks to their best season in franchise history.
In 2005 and 2013, Seattle won 13 games, the most in Seahawk’s history. If Wilson continues to throw the deep ball accurately, then his team has a chance at returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in six years. For those enthused about that idea, the Seahawks made the Super Bowl after their 13-3 season in 2005 and won the Super Bowl after going 13-3 in 2013.
Seahawks Running Backs: Can Chris Carson Make His First Pro Bowl in 2020 and Play a 16-Game Season for the First Time in His Career?
The Seahawks are hoping that they can keep their running backs healthy. Chris Carson, who has led the team in rushing the previous two years, is looking he will do so again in 2020. He accumulated 100 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns but fumbled in the Week 4 victory against the Miami Dolphins.
He kicked off the scoring in the first quarter of the 31-23 win but is questionable for Week 5 with a knee issue that he has been battling for the last two weeks. Meanwhile, backup running back, Carlos Hyde missed Week 4, and Rashaad Penny remains out with a knee injury of his own.
Seahawks Wide Receivers: Can DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett Both Finish Among the Top-20 Receivers in the League in 2020?
In 2019, the Seahawks drafted DK Metcalf, the son of Chicago Bears offensive guard Terrence Metcalf, with the No. 64 overall selection. He and his 403 receiving yards are tied with Stefon Diggs for the league’s most receiving yards this season. Metcalf’s astonishing 25.2 yards per reception led the NFL by a large margin.
Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett’s 26 receptions are tied for the eighth-most receptions in the league this season.
Also, just one wide receiver has more receiving touchdowns than Lockett’s four in 2020. Seattle’s fourth-year pass-catcher David Moore already has 10 receptions, 173 yards, and two touchdowns this season. He had only 43 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns combined during his first three years in the league.
Seahawks Tight Ends: Can Greg Olsen Have His Best Year Since His Last Pro Bowl Season in 2016?
Greg Olsen is another important offensive target for Russell Wilson. The veteran tight end had five catches each in Weeks 3 and 4. He has played on more than 50 percent of offensive snaps in each of the first four weeks of the season.
After dealing with some injuries with the Carolina Panthers in 2017 and 2018, he bounced back in his final year there with 52 receptions for 597 receiving yards and two touchdowns last year. Olsen already has 14 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in 2020.
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Seahawks Defense Predictions
The Seahawks defense became the first defensive unit in NFL history to allow more than 1,200 passing yards through the three weeks of a season, but they have been an impressive team in turnovers. In each of the previous two seasons, the Seahawks have ranked in the top three in the takeaway-to-giveaway ratio.
They took the top spot in 2018 in addition to the 2013 season in which they won the Super Bowl. Through four games, Seattle is in the top three in the ratio, as cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Ryan Neal each have two interceptions in 2020.
They each had one interception in the Seahawks’ Week 4 victory against the Dolphins. Strong safety Jamal Adams watched Week 4 from home, and unfortunately for the Seattle defense, he is doing the same for Week 5. He shared a picture of him in his Seahawks helmet watching the game against the Miami Dolphins from home.
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Seahawks Special Teams Predictions
With the Seahawks scoring at such a tremendous pace, kicker Jason Myers has attempted just two field goals through four weeks. He has made a league-leading 18 extra points, and on the other side of special teams, he has 19 touchbacks on 25 kickoffs.
Myers is in his sixth NFL season, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2018 with the New York Jets after spending his first three professional years in Jacksonville. In 2018, Myers made an impressive 92 percent of his field goals. Then last year, he was successful on 82 percent of field goals.
Seahawks Head Coach Predictions
Head coach Pete Carroll has spent his head coaching career with three franchises, but by far his longest tenure has been the most successful one. He is in his 11th year with the Seahawks, and he entered 2020 with a 100-59 regular-season record with Seattle. Besides, in his 20 playoff games, he has 11 wins.
Carroll, who spent almost a decade as the USC Trojans’ head football coach, was the head coach for the Jets and Patriots during the 1990s. After his time as the defensive coordinator and head coach in New York, he went to the 49ers to be the defensive coordinator for a couple of years. He seems to have finally found his home in Seattle as the head coach and executive vice president of football operations.
Seahawks Predictions for Week 5
In Week 5, the Seahawks opened as a nine-point favorite against the Minnesota Vikings. Sunday Night Football will be played in Seattle at CenturyLink Field after the Seahawks won their first two home contests in 2020. In 2019, Seattle fell in its final two home games. However, the Seahawks’ final win at home last year was against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.
In the 37-30 victory, Jason Myers made all seven of his kicks: three field goals and four extra points. Unfortunately, Rashaad Penny, who is not active for 2020’s Week 5 meeting, scored two touchdowns in the win last year. Seattle should be in for another victory against the Vikings, but covering will not be easy.
Seahawks Predictions for 2020 Season
The Seahawks began 2020 with an over/under of 9.5 wins, so those who took the over before the start of the season are very excited about Seattle’s impressive 4-0 record. Seattle has vaulted to the third spot in the Super Bowl Championship futures odds at +800. Their current odds are the best among all teams in the NFC. The only teams above them are the Kansas City Chiefs (+350) and Baltimore Ravens (+600).
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have +350 odds for the NFC Championship, which is unsurprisingly at the top of the conference as well. Unfortunately, this is not the right time to jump on the Seahawks’ bandwagon. There does not seem to be much value with their current odds.
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