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Century Links 7/26: Will Hawks be on Top of NFC West Again?


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Will the Seahawks be 2017 NFC West champs? USA Today thinks so -
Thankfully, consolation prizes in the NFL come with a guaranteed home playoff game. In the publication's annual prognosis of the upcoming season, USA Today projected win totals for every team, slapping an 11-5 tag on the Seattle Seahawks, forecasting yet another division title. "[...] a tough non-divisional road schedule (Packers, Titans, Giants, Cowboys) — and even a 1 p.m. ET start in Jacksonville — could make it awfully tough to earn an extended stay at CenturyLink Field in January."  Ranking every NFL division for the upcoming season, Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon tabbed the NFC West the worst in the league (while also calling Seattle slightly overrated, which is a bit odd).  Quarterback Russell Wilson is coming off the worst season of his career, and the offensive line remains a mess.

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