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Heaps: 3 things the next 5 weeks will determine for Seahawks in 2020

The Seahawks play the Cardinals twice in the next five weeks. (Getty)

After a 5-0 start and their bye week, the Seahawks now enter the toughest stretch of their 2020 schedule.

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Over the next five weeks, the Seahawks will play at Arizona, host San Francisco, play at Buffalo, at Los Angeles and then play the Cardinals again, this time at home on Thursday Night Football.

Currently, all four of the Seahawks’ next opponents have a .500 winning percentage or better, and the Seahawks will play four of their six divisional games.

Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy said last Tuesday that those five games not only are the toughest part of Seattle’s schedule, but it’s the most important part of the team’s schedule. Those five games, he said, will determine three key things for the Seahawks’ 2020 season.

“One, the way the NFC West title is going to be shaped up for the Seahawks,” he said. “They have an opportunity to truly separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the NFC West.”

Entering Monday, the Seahawks are at the top of the division at 5-0. The Rams lost to the 49ers on Sunday, dropping them to 4-2 with the 49ers rising to a .500 record at 3-3. The Cardinals, meanwhile, play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football with a 3-2 record.

“The second is the NFC No. 1 race between them and the Green Bay Packers,” Heaps said. “It seems really clear that those are the two teams that are going to be competing for the No. 1 at this point, but we’re still early on in the season.” (Writer’s note: As noted, this was from last Tuesday’s show, so before the Packers lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

The Seahawks, entering Week 7, will be one of three undefeated teams remaining in the NFL and are the only undefeated NFC team. The two other undefeated teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, play each other Week 7.

And the third thing to keep a close eye on over the next five weeks?

“Russell Wilson’s MVP campaign,” Heaps said. “At this point, in five weeks, as John Clayton went on our show and said, very clearly Russell Wilson is the leading candidate for the MVP. Now, can he carry that through with some of the tougher teams that he will be facing in his division and with a team that is also being respected heavily around the NFL in the Buffalo Bills?”

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