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What Team is Set to Come Out of the NFC In 2020? There’s Plenty of Debate on it

Last season the Seahawks were one of the best teams in the NFC West, making it to the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs before falling to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field.

2020 is now upon us, and many think that with Russell Wilson playing at a MVP level there’s no reason that the Hawks can’t be right in the mix for a chance to be playing in the first week of February in the Super Bowl.

The NFC has a number of teams that can challenge for the conference title, as while the 49ers will again be a very good squad, by all means it’s not a given they are going to be shoe-ins as repeat champs.

Of course you have a number of teams that are going nowhere, with the Washington football team, the Detroit Lions (who according to Michigan Gambling Guide should win no more than 3-5 games), and the Carolina Panthers are three teams that are going to have issues challenging anyone in the NFC.

The Seahawks though should be a team that can do some damage, and if they can continue to progress on what they started last season, there’s no reason they can’t win between 9-12 games, which is going to be enough for a postseason spot.

One thing that would very much help the Seahawks is the ability to play a game or two at home, as last season going on the road seemed to be the Hawks undoing.

Playing at home, even with no fans (which still has to be determined), is still going to be a challenge for any team that has to travel to Seattle.

A couple teams come to mind that are going to challenge in the NFC in 2020, starting with the Philadelphia Eagles who won the NFC East with a mark of 9-7 a season ago.

The Dallas Cowboys are stacked on offense, and with Dak Prescott back after a big season in 2019, the Cowboys are the favorite to win the division, and should be a threat.

The Packers will be good again as well, and with Aaron Rodgers you can’t count them out. They are a team that can play with anyone, and the Seahawks and the rest of the NFC will have their work cut out for them.

Then there are the biggest rivals for the Hawks – that being the 49ers. They were up in the Super Bowl a season ago, only to fall late to the Kansas City Chiefs and lose a game many felt they would have won.

No matter how you look at it, the NFC in 2020 will be fun – it just depends on what team can play great down the stretch and play great in January.

Seahawks TE Will Dissly Pumped to Get Back on the Field in 2020

Will Dissly

After the 2020 NFL offseason was swiped by a Grinch known as COVID-19, players are finally putting pads on this week and getting back to some semblance of normalcy as training camps ramp up.

For some players, pulling on pads meant more than to others. Particularly players coming off an injury, like Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly, were giddy to get back to the field, Kevin Patra of NFl.com reports.

“It was like Christmas morning,” Dissly said Tuesday, via the team’s official website. “I was excited to go hit somebody again.”

Dissly was on a star-track last season in Seattle, growing into a go-to target for Russell Wilson, becoming the darling of the Fantasy Football community, and making big catch after big catch. The first five games of the 2019 season, he compiled 262 yards and three TDs, including 81 yards on four catches (20.25 yards per catch) in a big win over the division rival Rams in Week 5.

Then an injury struck, again.

In Week 6, his Achilles tendon ruptured. The injury was reminiscent of the blown patellar tendon he suffered in 2018, that ended his promising rookie campaign after just four games.

“Unfortunately, Will is really good at rehabbing,” coach Pete Carroll said wryly. “He’s had two big challenges back-to-back… We’re in pads and he’s in there in the first couple of plays coming off the football. He’s a remarkable person in the character that drives the guy to overcome those kinds of obstacles. Sometimes it breaks guys down, they can’t find that motivation, but Will has been able to do that. He’s a wonderful player, he can do everything — he blocks, catches the football, runs well after the catch, he’s really smart. He’s a great team guy. He’s a terrific part of our team so it’s great to have him back. I know he’s thrilled that he’s back out here, but he’s got something to prove. He wants to stay out here, so he’s going to do everything to get that done.”

The fourth-round pick out of Washington knows he had a promising year cut short. Now he’s on a mission to prove he can get back to that level once again, and this time stay on the field.

“I had a ton of confidence from rehab, and so there was never this fear of I don’t know if I’m ready to put pads on,” he said. “So, it was more of just the excitement. I’m putting pads on again. I’m playing the sport. I worked my tail off. There was a bit of celebration in my mind that, you know, when you go through rehab, you have to celebrate the little moments, and that was definitely one of them. But there wasn’t this anxiety or fear that I had to get over. It’s exciting to get back to doing the thing that I love.”

Seahawks with Reported Interest in Pass Rushers Matthews and Griffen

While the Seahawks appear to have moved on from Jadeveon Clowney, who wants more than they’re willing to pay, the team has interest in two veteran free agent pass rushers: LB Clay Matthews and DE Everson Griffen.

Michael Silver of NFL Network reports. Silver believes a deal could happen soon.

Both players would give a boost to the Seahawks pass rush, but at the same time it’s going to come down to how much both players would demand as to who the Hawks would likely go after.

It sounds like Matthews is asking to break the bank, or else a player with his track record would be signed already.

As for Griffen, he’s been linked to the Seahawks before, as it was reported that he was on their radar back in March but nothing ever happened.

It’s not the first time Griffen has been linked with the Seahawks. There was word of mutual interest in late March, but nothing ever materialized beyond those reports.

A report also says that the Green Bay Packers had interest in Griffen.

Seahawks Draft Pick TE Colby Parkinson Inks Four-Year Deal

Tight end Colby Parkinson signed his four-year rookie deal with the Seahawks Tuesday, becoming the first of the team’s eight 2020 draft picks under contract, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

The signing of draft picks is not real newsworthy anymore since all draft picks get four-year contracts with overall dollar values based on where they were selected and determined by the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Parkinson was the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round, meaning he will get a contract worth a total of $3.9 million with a signing bonus of $670,440. That means a salary cap number of $777,610 for the 2020 season (draft picks are considered to have a $610,000 cap hit until they sign their deals and their bonuses take affect).

The Seahawks have a listed $13.9 million in cap room, according to OvertheCap.com, before the signing of Parkinson. The signings of the rookies, which will likely unfold now over the next few weeks and will likely all be done by the time training camp begins, will eat into that number by roughly $3 million or so.

Parkinson, who played at Stanford, is expected to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster at a loaded tight end position.

Seahawks Veteran OT Duane Brown Says He’s Healthy and Ready for 2020

There is good news when it comes to Seahawks offensive lineman Duane Brown, as reports today state that he is expecting to be ready to go for the 2020 season.

The tackle says he’s 100 percent from bicep and knee injuries last season that that forced him to sit out five games and a playoff game.

“I didn’t get anything done to it,” Brown said via ProFootballTalk.com.

“It’s doing great. Been working out and haven’t really had any restrictions or limitations with it.

“Knee is doing great. Didn’t have any more work done. After the year (I) got it checked out and just got treatment done to it.

“And since then, just been working out, keeping it strong, moving around. Typical offseason for me at this point. Not nursing it too much so I’m doing pretty good.”

As one of the veteran offensive lineman on the Seahawks roster, it’s important that he is not only healthy but stays that way to help the team rush the ball and protect QB Russell Wilson.

Brown, who will enter his 13th NFL season in 2020, says he has not thought about retirement.

Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar Facing Four Counts of Armed Robbery

Two NFL players including a 2019 1st round draft pick have been accused of armed robbery and arrest warrants have been issued, TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement confirms Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (the 30th overall pick in 2019) is facing 4 charges of armed robbery and 4 charges of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar is facing 4 counts of armed robbery.

According to police, the two men were partying in Miramar, FL on May 13 when things took a disturbing turn.

Cops say Baker and Dunbar were allegedly hanging at a cookout — playing cards and video games when an argument broke out and Baker whipped out a semi-automatic firearm.

Cops say the men began to rob party guests with Dunbar assisting in taking watches and other valuables at the direction of Baker.

At one point, cops say Baker directed a 3rd man who was wearing a red mask to shoot someone who had just walked into the party but fortunately, no one was actually shot.

Law enforcement says the men made out with more than $7,000 in cash along with several valuable watches including an $18,000 Rolex watch, a $25,000 Hublot and a pricey Audemars Piguet timepiece.

There are conflicting reports from witnesses about whether Dunbar was armed with a gun some say he was, others say he was not.

One witness told police they had met Baker and Dunbar at a party a few days earlier in Miami at which the NFL players had “lost” around $70,000.

Sources say the men had “lost” the money in high-stakes card games and other forms of gambling.

One witness told police the men were gambling again at the May 13 event when an argument broke out and Baker allegedly flipped a table and busted out his piece.

According to police, some people at the party believe it was a planned robbery because when the 3 men were done taking valuables, there were 3 getaway cars strategically positioned to “expedite an immediate departure.”

Seahawks 2020 Schedule Released; Three Prime Time Games Highlight the Slate

The Seahawks 2020 slate was released on Thursday night, and the team will have three prime time games on their slate, including a week two game against the Patriots.

Here’s the entire schedule:

Week 1: at Falcons

Week 2: vs. Patriots*

Week 3: vs. Cowboys

Week 4: at Dolphins

Week 5: vs. Vikings*

Week 6: Bye Week

Week 7: at Cardinals

Week 8: 49ers

Week 9: at Bills

Week 10: at LA Rams

Week 11: vs. Cardinals*

Week 12: at Eagles*

Week 13: vs. Giants

Week 14: vs. Jets

Week 15: at Redskins

Week 16: vs. LA Rams

Week 17: at 49ers

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Seahawks Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Seahawks schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Raiders will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Hawks will play:

Home: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Cowboys, Giants, Jets, Patriots, Vikings
Away: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins, Falcons

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Seahawks in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One vs Arizona
Monday 9/21 Week Two vs Minnesota (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 9/27 Week Three at Los Angeles Rams
Sunday 10/4 Week Four at Atlanta
Sunday 10/11 Week Five vs Dallas (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 10/18 Week Six at Buffalo
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven at Arizona
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight vs NY Giants
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten at Washington
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs New England
Sunday 11/29 Week Twelve at Miami
Thursday 12/03 Week Thirteen at Philadelphia (Thursday Night Football)
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen vs San Francisco
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen vs NY Jets
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen vs Los Angeles Rams
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at San Francisco

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