By John Boyle Herald Writer
Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay—The Seahawks will raise a banner before opening the season, then take on the NFC team that might pose the biggest threat to their chances at a repeat.
Sept. 14 at San Diego—Seattle can only hope this game is as easy as the preseason contest it just played against the Chargers. In all likelihood, however, what is expected to be an improved Chargers squad should provide a tough road test.
Sept. 21 vs. Denver—Is this Super Bowl rematch also a Super Bowl preview? The Seahawks would love nothing more than a repeat of XLVIII, while the Broncos want to prove that the offseason moves they made on defense helped close what appeared to be a sizeable gap between the two teams.
Oct. 6 at Washington—The Seahawks return to the city where Russell Wilson and most of this current team won their first playoff game. Hopefully for every knee involved, the field is in better shape this time.
Oct. 12 vs. Dallas—Cowboys owner Jerry Jones blames the Seahawks’ aggressive DBs for this year’s point of emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact. Maybe he should spend more time worrying about the Cowboys GM and the perennial 8-8 squad he has built.
Oct. 19 at St. Louis—Seattle’s pass protection will face a huge test against one of the league’s best defensive fronts. This is the type of game where the Seahawks would gladly take an ugly, low-scoring win.
Oct. 26 at Carolina—The Seahawks return to the scene of last year’s dramatic season-opening victory. And while this game features two of the league’s most exciting young QBs, it’s the stingy defenses that will likely decide the outcome.
Nov. 2 vs. Oakland—Yes, any team can win on any given Sunday, but it’s hard to see this game being anything but a laugher as one of the AFC’s worst teams comes to Seattle.
Nov. 9 vs. NY Giants—Eli Manning threw five interceptions when he faced the Seahawks last year, and that was at home. What in the world will he do for an encore in the league’s loudest stadium?
Nov. 16 at Kansas City—There could be a lot of tension between fans in these cities a month after their baseball teams play a tightly contested AL Championship Series. … Or are we getting ahead of ourselves here?
Nov. 23 vs. Arizona—Starting with this game, the Seahawks close out their reguolar-season schedule with five NFC West games in the last six weeks. Surviving this physical stretch, both in terms of record and health, could be key for Seattle’s chances of a repeat.
Nov. 28 at San Francisco—Nothing says Thanksgiving fun like two of football’s most physical teams beating up on each other, right? Afterward, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll will share a turkey leg. Or not.
Dec. 7 at Philadelphia—Yet another playoff-caliber team on Seattle’s late-season schedule, this one should be a fun matchup of a former Pac-12 offensive mastermind and one of that conference’s, and now the NFL’s, best defensive coaches.
Dec. 14 vs. San Francisco—CenturyLink Field has been a house of horrors for Colin Kaepernick, and if the Seahawks D can once again make life miserable for the ‘Niners QB, it could go a long ways toward deciding a game that should have big playoff ramifications.
Dec. 21 at Arizona—Last year the Seahawks played in the site of that season’s Super Bowl and won convincingly. Will they have as much luck in that situation this season, and more importantly, will they be back in this stadium six weeks later?
Dec. 29 vs. St. Louis—No, it’s not your imagination, the Seahawks do seem to end their season quite frequently with a home game against the Rams. This will be the fourth time in five seasons under Pete Carroll that the Seahawks have hosted the Rams in Week 17.