The Seahawks announced their 2016 regular season schedule Thursday evening. It is:
Sept. 11, Miami, 1:05 p.m.
Sept. 18, at Los Angeles, 1:05 p.m.
Sept. 25, San Francisco, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 2, at New York Jets, 10 a.m.
Oct. 9, BYE
Oct. 16, Atlanta, 1:25 p.m.
Oct. 23, at Arizona, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 30, at New Orleans, 10 a.m.
Nov. 7 (Monday), Buffalo, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 13, at New England, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 20, Philadelphia, 1:25 p.m.
Nov. 27, at Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 4, Carolina, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 11, at Green Bay, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 15 (Thursday), Los Angeles, 5:25 p.m.
Dec. 24 (Saturday), Arizona, 1:25 p.m.
Jan 1, at San Francisco, 1:25 p.m.
Some things worth noting:
– As of now the Seahawks have the maximum five prime-time games (that number could go up or down based on the NFL’s flex scheduling). So it seems the NFL still considers Seattle a national draw.
– Seattle gets an early bye in Week 5.
– All the opponents were known previously, but pretty much all of the marquee out-of-division contests (New England, Carolina, Green Bay) happen in the second half of the season. Therefore, it may behoove the Seahawks to get off to a better start than last season and take advantage of an early-season schedule that features just one 2015 playoff team (Arizona) in the first half.
– Let me just say that it feels weird to see Los Angeles on the schedule. But the Rams moving back to the west coast means the Seahawks only have to play two 10 a.m. games. L.A. also opens the season on the road, meaning that Week 2 match-up will be the Rams’ first regular season game in Los Angeles since the team moved to St. Louis in 1995.