Breaking down the key parts of the Seattle Seahawks schedule
Seattle will play five games in prime-time, including four at home. Four of the five come in the second half of the season.
Seattle will play at Chicago in a Monday night game on Sept. 17 in Week 2 then wait until Week 11 to play under the lights again when the Seahawks host Green Bay in a Thursday night game on Nov. 15.
The 49ers play at Seattle in Week 13 on Dec. 12 in a Sunday night showdown and then Minnesota plays at Seattle the following week for a Monday night game. In week 16, Seattle will host Kansas City on Dec. 23.
PLAYOFF TEAM BATTLES
Including two games against the defending NFC West champion Rams, Seattle faces just five games against teams that made the playoffs last season.
The first two come against the Rams in Week 5 at home and then on the road in Week 10.
Two weeks later, Seattle plays at Carolina. In Week 14, Seattle hosts Minnesota, which lost in the NFC Championship game last season.
Seattle’s only other playoff opponent from last season is Kansas City, which Seattle hosts in Week 16.
Seattle will be without cornerback Richard Sherman (now with San Francisco) and likely minus safety Cam Chancellor, who could retire due to injuries.
The new look Seattle secondary, however, only faces three proven elite quarterbacks this season. Seattle hosts Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9 and Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will visit Seattle in Week 11. The 2015 MVP, Carolina’s Cam Newton, and the Panthers host Seattle in Week 12.
Detroit's Matthew Stafford is no scrub, and should give Seattle some trouble when Seattle heads to Detroit in Week 9. Kirk Cousins, now with Minnesota, isn't bad, either. Then there are the up-and-coming quarterbacks, Jared Goff (Rams), Dak Prescott (Cowboys), Derek Carr (Raiders) and Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers), who will get their cracks at the Seahawks.
Speaking of Richard Sherman, he should get two chances to make Seattle pay for releasing him. Maybe. Sherman is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon that could sideline him for the start of the season. Not to worry. Seattle and San Francisco don’t meet until Week 13 and Week 15 with the first meeting in Seattle and second coming on the road.
OPENING ON THE ROAD
Seattle will begin the season on the road. Twice. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the games are at Denver and Chicago. The Seahawks will open things up at the Broncos (5-11 last year) in Week 1 before going to Chicago (5-11) in Week 2. Seattle’s first home game is against Dallas in Week 3.
Seattle’s defense is in flux after the loss of a few key players, and the running game still needs a major overhaul. Still, with quarterback Russell Wilson on the roster, Seattle, 9-7 last season, should once again compete for a playoff spot.
But with the rise of the Los Angeles Rams and the potential turnaround of San Francisco, Wilson might not be enough to get the Seahawks back into the postseason. Predicted record: 8-8.