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Why Seahawks are NFC team to beat

USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes makes his picks for three of this weekend’s best NFL match-ups.
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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider isn’t big on comparing his roster to others around the NFL, especially this time of year.

“Don’t get me wrong, dude,” Schneider told USA TODAY Sports by phone Thursday. “You’re talking to me a couple days before the opener, right after the cuts. We’ve reviewed all the players that have been cut and the top players that we like and practice-squad guys. I don’t have a good feel for what other teams look like.

“I just feel like we’re always chasing the next ridge. Where do we got to get to next, you know?”

The work of Schneider, coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks’ scouting staff over the past seven years speaks for itself, though.

As the 2016 season kicks off, no NFL team has more top-shelf talent in its prime, earning Schneider a recent contract extension and making the Seahawks the preseason pick here to reach their third Super Bowl in four years — and win their second title.

Schneider got his start in Green Bay under hall of fame GM…

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