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Friday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Predicted To Win MVP In ESPN 2020 Season Preview

The preview looks at the team’s strength of schedule, Super Bowl odds and best fantasy options while also examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the team.

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Good morning 12s, and happy Blue Friday. It's the day before the day before! Here's a look at what is out there today, September 11, about your Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Wilson To Win MVP, DK Metcalf To Have Big Fantasy Season According To ESPN Season Preview

With the NFL regular season kicking off this week, ESPN gave fans a preview for all 32 teams heading into the season. Each one provides information about the team's strength of schedule, their playoff and Super Bowl odds, how they've been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a bold prediction.

For the Seahawks, that bold prediction was Russell Wilson winning his first MVP award. It may not seem bold or farfetched, but through Wilson's stellar first eight years in the league — which include last season's 11-5 mark while throwing 31 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions — the Seahawks quarterback has never earned a single MVP vote. But with Tyler Lockett, an emerging DK Metcalf and the addition of Greg Olsen, ESPN's Brady Henderson thinks that will change.

"He's been in the mix the last few years and was the front-runner for much of last season," Henderson said. "He'll get over the hump this year with the help of a strong cast of weapons and an adjusted offensive approach."

Besides Lockett, Metcalf and Olsen, that cast of strong weapons includes Chris Carson, who posted career-high receiving numbers out of the backfield last season with 37 grabs for 266 yards and two scores. The Seahawks will also see the return of tight end Will Dissly, who put up four touchdowns in six games before having his 2019 season cut short by a torn Achilles.

Metcalf is also expected to have a big 2020 season following his strong rookie output, being billed by ESPN as the Hawks' breakout fantasy star. "Metcalf was on the field for 83% of Seattle's snaps in his first season, having led the entire NFL with 19 end-zone targets en route to a 58-900-7 receiving line," ESPN's Mike Clay said. "Still only 22 years old, it's likely that we've yet to see the Ole Miss product's best work. Seattle's run-heavy scheme is a detriment, but Metcalf and his 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame have elite upside. No one should be surprised if he leaps into the WR1 discussion."

Homegating Recipe of the Week Presented by Safeway – Baked Pinto Bean Flautas

While the gameday experience may be a little different as the football season gets underway, the tradition of preparing some delicious food for the game remains the same. Safeway is making it easy this year with 16 unique recipes sure to impress a few friends or family members—remember, keep your gatherings small! In addition to providing detailed instructions, they've also added a "Shop the Recipe" feature to each recipe page, making it easy to add all the ingredients (or just the ones you need) to your cart for a Safeway DriveUp & Go or Delivery order.

This week's featured recipe: Baked Pinto Bean Flautas

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These Mexican-inspired flautas make a great vegetarian meal or appetizer. Loaded with pinto beans, Greek yogurt, salsa and Colby Jack cheese, they're baked, not fried. Click here to get the recipe and get started on your pregame spread.

We'll highlight a new recipe in the Safeway Round-Up every Blue Friday during the season. Whether you're snacking in your living room or your driveway, enjoy!

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