Seahawks to open NFL season at home against Packers

The Seattle Seahawks’ 2014 season will begin with a Thursday night game against the Green Pay Packers, feature a Super Bowl rematch in Week 3, and close with a brutal stretch of games beginning in Week 11.

The NFL announced its regular season schedule Wednesday, and as the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 4 against the Packers. That will be the first regular-season meeting between the two teams since the infamous “Fail Mary” game in 2012 that ended on a controversial game-winning touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the game’s final play.

The Seahawks play their biggest rival, San Francisco, twice in a three-game stretch, playing for the first time at the 49ers’ new stadium on Thanksgiving, then hosing San Francisco on Dec. 14.

The Seahawks have four primetime games on their schedule: the opener, Monday night at Washington on Oct. 6, at San Francisco on Thanksgiving, and on Sunday Dec. 21 at Arizona. Though with flex scheduling, it is possible Seattle could be moved to Sunday night for another game, or moved out of that Dec. 21 game if NBC decides it wants a different matchup.

Seattle plays just three 10 a.m. PT games, though those early starts have proven to be less of an issue in the past two seasons. Following an early bye in Week 4, the Seahawks will play three of four on the road in October, traveling to Washington, St. Louis and Carolina.

The Seahawks will end the season with a tough stretch of games, which figures to be made all the more difficult by that early bye. Seattle plays at Kansas City in Week 11, hosts Arizona the following week, then plays at San Francisco, at Philadelphia, home against San Francisco and at Carolina before closing with St. Louis. That’s four games against 2013 playoff teams (Kansas City, Philadelphia, and the 49ers twice) and two against an Arizona team that finished 10-6 last season.

And if it seems like the Seahawks have been finishing the regular season against the Rams a lot, that’s because they have. This will be the fourth Week 17 meeting between the Seahawks and Rams in Seattle in the past five years.

More in Sports

Art Thiel: Carroll has no choice but to be ‘very aggressive’

With just two years left on his contract, the Seahawks coach has no choice but to go for it in 2018.

Dan Mack steps down as the head football coach at Kamiak

He served as the Knights’ head coach for 20 seasons

Police question friends of WSU quarterback who killed himself

The redshirt sophomore died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Wednesday’s prep results, with links to recaps

Here are Wednesday’s prep results, with links to recaps: BOYS BASKETBALL Northwest… Continue reading

Area girls soccer players earn all-state honors

King’s Stella named the Class 1A MVP; a pair of Jackson players land spots on the 4A first team

Kokanee exhibit added to sportsmen’s show

The Kokanee Tank is likely to be one of the most popular additions to the sportfishing seminar lineup.

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Skagit Eagle Festival

By Wayne Kruse For The Herald Two full weekends remain to visit… Continue reading

Oregon AD named chairman of playoff selection committee

Six new members added to the committee, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott

Meadowdale tops rival Lynnwood 56-42 (VIDEO)

Led by junior guard Haben Tekle, the Mavericks race to an early lead and cruise past the Royals.

Most Read