Here are some quick thoughts on Seattle’s 2009 schedule.
Seattle opens up with four of six games at home, including St. Louis, Chicago, Jacksonville and Arizona.
Seattle head coach Jim Mora had to like that debuting as Seattle’s head coach in 2009.
Seattle’s bye week comes in week 7, which should work out better after having the bye week in the fourth week of the season last year, although last season the Seahawks needed to regroup early in the season.
The bye week coming later in the year should serve the team well.
Seattle plays three straight on the road in weeks 10 through 12, facing Arizona, Minnesota and St. Louis in consecutive weeks.
The Seahawks have no prime time games, including no Monday night or Thursday night games on the schedule, so it appears Seattle is getting no love nationally.
However, Seattle only has one game in the Eastern time zone, at Indianapolis Sunday, Oct. 4.
Seattle also will have to play a cold-weather game, traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Sunday, December 27.
Here’s the full schedule. You can also view Seattle and the rest of the NFL team’s schedules at NFL.com here.
Sunday, Sept. 13, Seattle vs. St. Louis, 1:15 p.m. FOX
Comment: The two cellar dwellers in the NFC West, both the Rams and the Seahawks have new coaches and are looking to right the ship. Seattle swept St. Louis last season, and holds a 12-9 edge over the Rams.
Sunday, Sept. 20, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks have won five of their last six in San Francisco.
Sunday, Sept. 27, Seattle vs. Chicago, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Comment: Seattle is 7-3 against the Bears. The two teams last played during the regular season in November 2007 in Seattle, a 30-23 win by the Seahawks. Seattle will get its first opportunity to face Jake Cutler in a Chicago uniform.
Sunday, Oct. 4, Seattle at Indianapolis, 10 a.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks only game in the Eastern time zone. Seattle finished 0-4 in games in the Eastern time zone last season. The Seahawks last met the Colts in December 2005, a 28-13 win for the Seahawks. The Colts have a 5-4 edge over Seattle in regular season games.
Sunday, Oct. 11, Seattle vs. Jacksonville, 1:15 p.m. CBS
Comment: Seattle is 3-2 against the Jaguars, last facing Jacksonville in September 2005, a 26-14 loss in Jacksonville.
Sunday, Oct. 18, Seattle vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Comment: Seattle meets the NFC West Champion-Cardinals at home. Arizona swept the season series last season, so the Seahawks will be looking to turn things around against the Super Bowl runner-up. The Cardinals lead the series 11-9.
Sunday, Oct. 25: BYE (Week 7)
Sunday, Nov. 1, Seattle at Dallas, 10 a.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks got drubbed here in last year’s Thanksgiving Day game, 34-9, but now get to play in the newly completed Texas Stadium. Dallas holds a 7-4 edge in regular-season meetings.
Sunday, Nov. 8, Seattle vs. Detroit, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Comment: Seattle is 6-4 against the Lions, last facing Detroit in September of 2006, a 9-6 win in Detroit. This game marks the return of ex-Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson to Seattle.
Sunday, Nov. 15, Seattle at Arizona, 1:15 p.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks haven’t won in Arizona since 2005.
Sunday, Nov. 22, Seattle at Minnesota, 10 a.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks last faced the Vikings in October 2006 at home, a 31-13 loss in Seattle. Seattle holds a 6-4 edge in regular season contests.
Sunday, Nov. 29, Seattle at St. Louis, 10 a.m. Fox
Comment: Seattle is 5-5 in St. Louis.
Sunday, Dec. 6, Seattle vs. San Francisco, 1:15 p.m. FOX
Comment: The two teams split the season series last season, with the Niners winning at Qwest Field and Seattle winning in San Francisco. The Seahawks hold a 11-9 advantage in the series.
Sunday, Dec. 13, Seattle at Houston, 10 a.m. FOX
Comment: This is the first meeting between the two teams since October 2005, a 42-10 win for the Seahawks in Seattle. It’s also the first trip for Seattle to Houston since 1994, when the Houston Oilers were there, who are now of course the Tennessee Titans.
Sunday, Dec. 20, Seattle vs. Tampa Bay, 1:15 p.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks are 7-2 against the Bucs, losing 20-10 to Tampa Bay last season in Tampa Bay. The game will mark the return of ex-Seahawk Jerramy Stevens to Seattle.
Sunday, Dec. 27, Seattle at Green Bay, 10 a.m. FOX
Comment: The Seahawks lost to the Packers in Seattle last season, 27-17. The two teams last met in the 2007 playoffs, a 42-20 loss for Seattle in Green Bay. The Packers hold a 6-5 edge in the regular-season series.
Sunday, Jan. 3, Seattle vs. Tennessee, 1:15 p.m. CBS
Comment: Seattle is 9-4 against the Titans. The Seahawks last played Tennessee in December 2005, a 28-24 win for the Seattle in Nashville.