If the Seahawks are going to take it one step further in 2020 after their 2019 season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs, they won't just have to fend off three formidable foes in the NFC West, they'll also have to stave off regression. In 2019, the Seahawks won 11 games and came up one lousy yard short of capturing the division crown over the 49ers -- -- but they finished the year with only a plus-seven point differential. Their expected win total? 8.2. The reason they won 11 games? They went 10-2 in one-score games.
Maybe their luck will continue into 2020 -- after all, they are quarterbacked by Russell Wilson, who has a knack for engineering late-game magic. But to make it back to the playoffs for the third-straight season, the Seahawks will need to navigate a challenging 17-week schedule. Below, now that the entire 2020 NFL schedule has finally been released, you'll find the Seahawks' schedule broken down week by week, in addition to a list of their prime-time games, and a look at their strength of schedule.
- Week 1, Sep. 13: at Falcons, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 2, Sep. 20: vs. Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET (Sunday Night Football, NBC)
- Week 3, Sep. 27: vs. Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 4, Oct. 4: at Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 5, Oct. 11: vs. Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET (Sunday Night Football, NBC)
- Week 6: BYE
- Week 7, Oct. 25: at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 8, Nov. 1: vs. 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 9, Nov. 8: at Bills, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 10, Nov. 15: at Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 11, Nov. 19: vs. Cardinals, 8:20 p.m. ET (Thursday Night Football, Fox/NFLN/Amazon)
- Week 12, Nov. 30: at Eagles, 8:15 p.m. ET (Monday Night Football, ESPN)
- Week 13, Dec. 6: vs. Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Jets, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 15, Dec. 20: at Redskins, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 16, Dec. 27: vs. Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 17, Jan. 3: at 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
Seattle will begin their season on the road against the Falcons and former Seahawks coordinator Dan Quinn. The home opener will take place one week later under the lights of Sunday Night Football against Bill Belichick and the Tom Brady-less Patriots.
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As noted above in the schedule breakdown, the Seahawks will be playing four prime-time games in 2020. They will have one on the road and three at home.
From Week 7-12, the Seahawks have to face the Cardinals twice, 49ers, Bills, Rams, and Eagles. That's the unfortunate reality of residing in the NFC West; all of your divisional games are difficult. Adding the Bills and Eagles -- two playoff teams from 2019 -- in that stretch only makes it all the more treacherous for the Seahawks.
Strength of schedule
Earlier this offseason, our John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage from last season. Based on those calculations, the Seahawks have the 13th-hardest schedule in 2020 (tied with the Bears). For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, check out Breech's breakdown here.
However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Seahawks go from having the 13th-hardest schedule to having the 11th-easiest schedule (tied with the Buccaneers and Dolphins). For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out our Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.