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December brings many gifts: Why the Seahawks’ schedule is the best

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The 2020 very tentative NFL schedule has arrived, and it’s a heck of a finish for the Seattle Seahawks.

Here’s a look again at the end of the season.

November

11/1: vs. San Francisco 49ers (1:25 PM PT, FOX)

11/8: at Buffalo Bills (10 AM PT, FOX)

11/15: at Los Angeles Rams (1:25 PM PT, FOX)

11/19 (Thu): vs. Arizona Cardinals (5:20 PM PT, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime)

11/30: at Philadelphia Eagles (5:15 PM PT, ESPN)

December/January

12/6: vs. New York Giants (1:05 PM PT, FOX)

12/13: vs. New York Jets (1:05 PM PT, CBS)

12/20: at Washington Redskins (10:00 AM PT, FOX)

12/27: vs. Los Angeles Rams (1:05 PM PT, CBS)

1/3: at San Francisco 49ers (1:25 PM PT, FOX)

The beginning of November could be pretty dang difficult, but look at the final slate of games - especially December!

Seattle has traditionally fared well in the later months, though that was not quite the case last season. Pete Carroll’s squad should have quite the opportunity to recover their winter glory and finish well in 2020.

Three reasons the Seahawks got a great deal in 2020

1) Ridiculous December

Give me that stretch from the Rams on 11/15 through the Rams on 12/27 any season. That’s four teams with first- or second-year leaders at major positions (quarterback, head coach, general manager). The combined 12 wins of Washington, the Jets and Arizona sprinkled among a hemorrhaging Rams team is mouthwatering.

2) NFC West at full strength

As mentioned in the counterpart to this piece, Seattle needs some time to heal this year, more than most teams. Five of the six NFC West rival games occur in the second half of the season. Hopefully this means that Will Dissly, Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson, and whoever else is recovering from secret offseason surgery (C’mon K.J. Wright!) will be back and integrated.

3) The times are prime

The Seahawks somehow breathe the culture of big moments into existence. They search out the big play, the big stage, the big story. Whatever it takes, athletes on this team live for and get fired up for prime time games.

Flex that final game into a prime time slot if it’s for the one seed, or maybe Week 9 if Seattle and the Bills are leading their divisions, and give Quandre Diggs what he asked for!

If the Seahawks make it through the tough beginning of their schedule, this could set up for a huge finish with a very convenient final stretch heading into the—not going to jinx it.

Go Hawks.