We now know who the Seattle Seahawks will face in the upcoming 2014 NFL season, and all of the remaining questions have finally been answered as well, as we now know who the Seahawks will have to go through to contend for another Super Bowl.
The Seahawks’ schedule for 2014:
Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay Packers — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14 at San Diego Chargers — 4:05 p.m. ET
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21 vs. Denver Broncos — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 6 at Washington Redskins — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12 vs. Dallas Cowboys — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19 at St. Louis Rams — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26 at Carolina Panthers — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2 vs. Oakland Raiders — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9 vs. New York Giants — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23 vs. Arizona Cardinals — 4:05 p.m. ET
Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 27 at San Francisco 49ers — 8:30 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14 vs. San Francisco 49ers — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21 at Arizona Cardinals — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28 vs. St. Louis Rams — 4:25 p.m. ET
As defending champions, the Seahawks get the special treatment of playing the opening game of the season on a Thursday, and it by no means is a joke. The Seahawks get the Packers at home to start their title defense in a rematch of the highly controversial “Fail Mary” game. Week 2 and Week 3 don’t get any easier, as the Seahawks travel to face the Chargers and then host the Broncos in a Super Bowl 48 rematch before their bye week, which falls in Week 4 this season.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier down the road, as the Seahawks travel to face the Redskins to take on an improved team on Monday Night Football in Week 5 and a home game against the highly entertaining Cowboys in Week 6. Following this NFC East back-to-back are two tough road games, first against a tough Rams squad and a rematch against the Panthers, who were the second best team in the NFC last year behind Seattle.
In Week 9, the Seahawks and new backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor face Pryor’s former team, the Raiders, at home, followed by another home tilt against former Seahawk Walter Thurmond and the two-time Super Bowl champions the Giants. The Seahawks have still another tough stretch as they travel to face the Chiefs in Week 11, and they host the Cardinals in Week 12 that was the only team to beat Seattle at home last year.
The task gets even more daunting down the stretch for Seattle as they travel to face 49ers in the first matchup since the thrilling 2013 NFC Championship game in Week 13 on Thanksgiving. Seattle then travels to face the Eagles in Week 14 before hosting San Francisco in Week 15. Finally, the Seahawks wrap up their regular season with two division games at Arizona in Week 16 on Sunday Night Football, and at home against St. Louis in Week 17.
After quickly glancing through this schedule, it appears that if Seattle is going to win its division, let alone the NFC, they will definitely have earned it. The Seahawks face seven playoff teams from last year, but when all is said and done, the games are won on the field and not on paper.
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