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NFL schedule released: Hawks shut out again for national games

Post by Eric Williams on April 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm with 52 Comments »
April 20, 2010 5:58 pm

The league just released the NFL regular season schedule, which you can check out here.

For the the second straight year the Hawks will not have a nationally televised game, and for the first time in back-to-back seasons since the 1982-83 seasons. The Seahawks had no nationally televised games last season, and Seattle had just two in 2008, Mike Holmgren’s last as head coach in Seattle, a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas and a Sunday night tilt in Tampa.

Seattle opens the season Sunday, Sept. 12 at home against San Francisco, followed by games at Denver, at home against San Diego and at St. Louis before getting a bye at week five, Sunday Oct. 10.

Seattle then finishes the season at Chicago, at home against Arizona, at Oakland, N.Y. Giants, at Arizona, at New Orleans, Kansas City, Carolina, at San Francisco, Atlanta, at Tampa Bay and the final game at home against St. Louis.

It looks like head coach Pete Carroll will get a break in his first season back in the NFL, as Seattle’s opponents in 2009 finished a combined 116-140, rated the 30th toughest schedule in 2010.

Seattle travels the third farthest of any team, a total distance of 23,122 miles. Only San Francisco (32,264) and Denver (23,184) travel more, and both teams play each other in London.

The Minnesota Vikings will travel to New Orleans to take on the defending Super Bowl champions to open the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Here’s a blow-by-blow look at the 2010 Seahawks schedule:

Sept. 12, San Francisco at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
Skinny: Hawks will look to set the tone against the likely favorites to win the NFC West.

Sept. 19, Seattle at Denver, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Hawks play at Mile High Stadium for first time in four seasons.

Sept. 26, San Diego at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
Skinny: New quarterback Charlie Whitehurst could face former team for first time.

Oct. 3, Seattle at St. Louis, 10 a.m.
Skinny: Hawks get first look at rookie QB Sam Bradford.

Oct. 10, BYE

Oct. 17, Seattle at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Skinny: Hawks look to avenge last year’s 26-19 loss at Qwest.

Oct. 24, Arizona at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Hawks head coach Pete Carroll meets former quarterback Matt Leinart for first time.

Oct. 31, Seattle at Oakland, 1:15 p.m.
Skinny: Hawks face former defensive coordinator John Marshall.

Nov. 7, N.Y. Giants at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Hawks have not lost to Giants at home since 1981.

Nov. 14, Seattle at Arizona, 1:15 p.m.
Skinny: Hawks looking for first win at Arizona since 2005.

Nov. 21, Seattle at New Orleans, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Carroll meets former player Reggie Bush for first time.

Nov. 28, Kansas City at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Chiefs play in Qwest Field for the first time.

Dec. 5, Carolina at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
Skinny: Lacey native RB Jonathan Stewart plays in Seattle for first time as a pro.

Dec. 12, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Seattle has won four of the last six against the 49ers.

Dec. 19, Atlanta at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Skinny: Falcons travel to Qwest for first time since Michael Vick was QB.

Dec. 26, Seattle at Tampa Bay, 10 a.m.
Skinny: The Hawks longest road trip of the season.

Jan. 2, St. Louis at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.

Skinny: Hawks looking for ninth straight win against Rams.

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  1. eleventh straight?

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Actually Eric, the 49ers travel 33, 264 because they get the pleasure of going to London. I can’t imagine any team likes to make that trip. Seattle has some company in miles too, Denver and Miami are right there. Washington, 8000 miles and Green Bay, 9000. Must be nice for the team.

    Eric, see you in NOLA late November. I’m looking forward to that.

  3. Dukeshire: Thanks, it’s been corrected. Look forward to having a few adult beverages on Bourbon Street.

  4. chrisj122 says:

    Damn, I know our record for the past two seasons have been dismal but I thought with a high profile hire in P.C. that might shine some national attention on us, thus resulting in at least one national game.

    I’m counting 5 early games. Does that sound right?
    Denver is an early game right?

  5. BORNHAWK says:

    Don’t flex us, don’t flex us.

  6. I just listened to Jim Mora describe how the Cowboy’s strong finish last year demonstrated how much respect and affection they had for their coach.

    What does that say about you Moron?

  7. ChrisJ122: Sorry about that. I’ll update the post with the times. Denver is a late game.
    Bornhawk: Nice impersonation of Housh.

  8. chrisj122 says:

    answered my own question, by actually clicking on the link and looking at the schedule.

    3 early games not to bad, however 2 of those are back to back. That could be tough for the Hawks. We always seem not to do so well in the early games.

  9. I thought for sure we’d have an early season Monday night game against the Cardinals with the Mr. Happy and Matt Leinart reunion.

  10. BORNHAWK says:

    Thanks Eric.

  11. chrisj122 says:

    No problem Eric, It’s just the first thing I look for when the schedule comes out every year is how many early games we play. It seems we are cursed when it comes to the early games.

  12. The times on this would be really handy – gives us some perspective on how we will spend our day.

  13. chrisj122 says:

    St. Louis, Chicago and Tampa Bay are 10:00 a.m. games, the rest are 1:00 games

  14. Unfortunately, I see us goin’ 4 – 12, 6 – 10 if we get lucky in some games. Might change my opinion after the draft or after we (if) pick up some FA’s closer to the opener of course.

  15. chrisj122 says:

    No night games again. We get no love from the NFL, maybe because “no one can see us behind MT. Rainier” or maybe its because “Seattle is just south of Alaska”

  16. We’ll get national games again someday when we no longer suck………..

  17. Why do we always seem to have a VERY early bye week! It sucks. I can’t remember when we had one after Halloween! (of course I could have selective memory!!!)

  18. I wouldn’t want to watch Seatown if I wasn’t a trublu player, nobody exiting to watch or creative plays, oh yeah, like moo said, “we suck”. Are we really surprised by this schedule?

  19. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – ’05 was a late bye. Last year was the week before Halloween. Way more often than not lately, they bye comes early. I hate it. When I have some time, I’m going to look up the correlation between late byes and playoff teams.

  20. variable575 says:

    Trublu-

    I was just about to call for some VERY early “gut feelings” about the hawk’s W/L ratio.

    I think they’ll end up with 7 to 9 W’s.

  21. Yeah, in ’05 it was after week seven.

  22. I think I’m gonna go with 4-12.

  23. Prime time is a reward, not a right. You play like the Hawks did the last two years then you get to play regionally televised games. Hopefully televised, if we can sell out home games.

  24. They’re shut out from national games because they don’t deserve national games. I’d say 6-10 this year.. though they do have a relatively easy schedule.. so 8-8 is possible playing against sf, stl, and ari without warner.. who knows. Maybe in a couple years they’ll earn a national spot again if the right moves are made! Please make the right moves in the draft in 2 days!!!

  25. Sept. 12, San Francisco at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
    Skinny: Hasselbeck stuns Niners by knocking out Patrick Willis, reminding fans of the Largent-Harden hit.

    Sept. 19, Seattle at Denver, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Hawks show BobbyK why they didn’t draft Knowshon Moreno.

    Sept. 26, San Diego at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
    Skinny: New quarterback Charlie Whitehurst faces former team for first time, waves at them from bench.

    Oct. 3, Seattle at St. Louis, 10 a.m.
    Skinny: Hawks get first look at new Rams owner, show him who really owns the Rams.

    Oct. 17, Seattle at Chicago, 10 a.m.
    Skinny:: Thousands of Indian-Americans buy tickets for game featuring Peppers and Curry.

    Oct. 24, Arizona at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Matt Leinart cracks ribs during pre-game warm ups, complains to NFL commissioner about Pete Carroll’s bear hugs.

    Oct. 31, Seattle at Oakland, 1:15 p.m.
    Skinny: Raiders receiver Heyward-Bey finally catches something — a staph infection.

    Nov. 7, N.Y. Giants at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Hawks hope to use big screen to remind Eli Manning why he’s not Peyton, but Qwest video intern goofs up, shows footage of Peyton Hillis.

    Nov. 14, Seattle at Arizona, 1:15 p.m.
    Skinny: Matt Leinert plays in game, thanks to restraining order against Pete Carroll.

    Nov. 21, Seattle at New Orleans, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Pete Carroll tries to hug Reggie Bush. Bush hurdles over him, sprains ankle and is out for the game. Hawks win.

    Nov. 28, Kansas City at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Chiefs play in Qwest Field for the first time. Official stat line: Lawrence Jackson, zero sacks; Ghost of Derrick Thomas, 7 sacks.

    Dec. 5, Carolina at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
    Skinny: Rematch of 2005 NFC Championship Game: Steve Smith asks Hass: “Who was the receiver you guys had? Darrell somebody?”

    Dec. 12, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Seattle scores 49 against 49ers, despite Singletary’s halftime pants-on-the-ground routine.

    Dec. 19, Atlanta at Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Falcons travel to Qwest; teams meet at halftime to share Tim Ruskell horror stories.

    Dec. 26, Seattle at Tampa Bay, 10 a.m.
    Skinny: Hawks longest road trip of the season. Carroll has brainstorm: “Why not fly next time?”

    Jan. 2, St. Louis at Seattle, 1:15 p.m.
    Skinny: Hawks win 12th straight against Rams. Carroll asks NFL to schedule Rams during homecoming in 2011.

  26. Okay since 1991 the seahawks have had:
    2 season with bye week 8,
    1 season bye week 9,
    1 season bye week 10,
    1 season bye week 12

    So 3 out of 19 seasons we have had the season at the half way point or later. ( you could say 5 but since the season is 17 weeks I didn’t know how to count it)

    Why do all the Pro sports leagues hate us?

  27. Updated: Since the bye week started in 1990 I made sure I added that season:

    3 seasons with bye week 8,
    1 season bye week 9,
    1 season bye week 10,
    1 season bye week 12

    So 3 out of 20 seasons we have had the season at the half way point or later. ( you could say 6 but since the season is 17 weeks I didn’t know how to count it)

    Why do all the Pro sports leagues hate us?

  28. Canfan funniest post I’ve read in a while!

  29. Macabrevity says:

    CanFan…classic stuff! That’s the best take yet!

  30. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – So that’s an 80% / 20% disparity from the bye weeks in the first half of the schedule to the latter half. (I’m basing this on byes usually span weeks 4-12) That is absolutely ridiculous. Over the course of 20 years there is no reasonable excuse that I can think of that should allow that disparity. Every team, during a period that long, should be close to 50% / 50%. That’s negligence at best.

  31. I do think we get screwed more often than not with respect to scheduling (Washington got a Mondaynight game and were worse than us this past season, a McNabb/Philly game doesn’t have too much better of a story line than Mr. Happy vs. Matt Leinart, but since the Eagles/Redskins have a much larger fan base than Seattle/Arizona, that’s why the favoritism happened) and I do think we have gotten the worse end of the stick with byes too, but the bye begins after week 3 and the last week of byes is week 11. It’s natural that the average bye will be before week 8, as there’s 5 bye weeks before week 8 and only 3 weeks of byes after week 8 (the bye system and weeks have fluxuated a few times since it’s inception).

    canfan – classic stuff.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Actually looking into it a bit further, through most of the 2000s, the byes were weeks 3-10. Last year however they were weeks 4-10. I’d have to break it down season by season throughout the league to get a true sense of the disparity. I do see that NE, Dallas adn SF each had 2 week 10 byes between 2001 and last season and the ‘Hawks had no byes later that week 8 (’07), FYI.

  33. chrisj122 says:

    To everyone who thinks primed time games are earned, you are sadly mistaken.

    Washington Redskins 3 Prime time games (recent history of sucking worse than us, get high profile QB and you get 3)

    Dallas Cowboys 5 Prime time games (a little better than average team at best)

    San Francisco 49ers 4 Prime Time games (you would think they won the div. and went to superbowl 2 seasons ago)

    The list goes on and on. It’s about market size and ratings not what is deserved. In our best years we never had 5 prime time games.

  34. BenderHawkFan says:

    Bahahaha…Now that’s funny…

    Dec. 12, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m.
    Skinny: Seattle scores 49 against 49ers, despite Singletary’s halftime pants-on-the-ground routine.

  35. Dukeshire says:

    chrisj122 – Something those franchises have in common that Seattle is without – Super Bowl victories. In addition all three generate far more revenue for the league than the Seahawks, bar none. And yes, market size. Those things earn you national / prime time games.

  36. chrisj122 says:

    Does anyone really believe if Seattle would have won the Super Bowl in 05 (which we actually did win, don’t get me started.) we would have a prime time game this season?

    Its all about market size, story lines / sub plots and RATINGS.

    My point is that is not about the best possible matchups or teams with best recent history.
    Thats all I got to say about that.

  37. goneshootin says:

    Well, this is a great schedule for season ticket holders. Frankly, the Monday and Thursday night games are the worst – usually give tickets away – and Sunday night games blow, too. 1 pm starts are perfect for home games.

    That written, too bad we couldn’t have this schedule when we’re a better team. All soft games will do is screw up our draft position.

    I’ll be honest, after spending ANOTHER $4,000 on season tickets this year, I’D STILL be VERY HAPPY with a 1 or 2 win season. Then, we draft Locker.

    THE WORST CASE scenario is winning 6, 7 or 8 games. You don’t get in the playoffs and screw up your draft position for superstar players.

    I’d rather be a QUALITY 10+ win team or terrible for 1-2 years while acquiring building blocks. Ruskell, however, always tried to “compete”, and the team began losing – a lot – while the talent base eroded.

    Now, we are where we are.

  38. Dukeshire says:

    chrisj122 – If they win that game, there’s not telling where this franchise is right now.

  39. chrisj122 says:

    Dukeshire – If?

  40. goneshootin says:

    Regarding bye weeks, it’s moronic to look at the halfway point in the schedule/8th game.

    You need to look at the numbers for the halfway point of the number of bye weeks.

    How many weeks of byes are there? Off the top of my head, I think it’s 12.

    So, run the numbers for weeks 1-6, 7-12. That’ll give you the true story.

  41. Twas the night before The Draft, when all through the Qwest Not a 12th man was stirring, not even a ref
    The player boards were hung by the Coachs with care, In hopes that Winning ways will soon would be there.
    The Player were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of Superbowls danced in their heads.
    When out on the turf there arose such a clatter, The 12th man sprang from there lives to see what was the matter. Away to the TV we flew like a flash, Tore open the beers and threw up the Flag When, what to our wondering eyes should appear, Our 6th and 14th pics, holding there futures. They’re Hawks at last and man that’s bad ass.

  42. Dukeshire says:

    goneshootin – That was my point, it varies. Last year the byes were 4-10. In previous season 3-10. 2001 some teams didn’t have one (Steelers). Prior to that, there were byes that extended into week 12. It would take some research to come to any kind of accurate conclusion. That said, I don’t know that it really matters. This team has bigger fish to fry right now.

  43. This will all be over when tomorrow, we draft the two best players to come out of college the past decade, and make an incredible run to the super bowl this season, book it!!

    Dreaming is a nice thing..

  44. Oh and Big Ben will probably his suspension, 4-6 weeks.

    Speaking of QB’s I read a piece on Tebow, and the more I read about the guy, the more I want him.

  45. chuck_easton says:

    JacDG,

    Nobody is saying that Tebow isn’t a great guy. He appears to be the model citizen. The issue with Tebow is there aren’t many out there that think he has a snowball’s chance in you-know-where of ever being an elite QB.

    Some teams would take him if he would consider moving to H Back or another position. He’s at best a LONG term project at QB and right now Seattle doesn’t have the luxery of waiting 3 to 4 years to see if he develops.

  46. wickedlester1972 says:

    Just heard Shefter on the radio say the Steelers are reaching out to teams to gauge interest in Big Ben for a top 10 pick….figured that nugget might stir up some discussion on the board this morning

  47. I’m moving out of state, is there any way to watch these games without subscribing to the ridiculously expensive NFL Sunday Ticket?

  48. chuck_easton says:

    wickedlester,

    Saw that on PFT as well. Of course all the East Coast guys are immediately saying Seattle is the bet.

    In their opinion Hasselbeck is terrible/injury prone and we have 2 1st round picks so of course we’ll give up one for BR.

    I’ll go on record now and say that if Seattle were to make that trade for that peice of (I can’t put it in writing) then I will officially end my 32 year love of the Seahawks and start rooting for ANY other team.

  49. bird_spit says:

    Ocho,

    I was out of state from 2000-2004. I spent my Sunday mornings (I was in Atlanta) in a sports bar. You should be able to find a sports bar or club with the game.

  50. Dukeshire says:

    Ocho – If you come on to the TNT’s live chat during the games, someone nearly always posts a link for the game feed you can watch on your computer. Of course there is always the sports bar route. Where are you moving to?

  51. Dukeshire says:

    chuck_easton – I saw PFT also this morning. And you’re right, no chance in hell he comes to Seattle. Oakland is a natural fit though.

  52. Thanks for the tips, guys.

    Moving to NY for a year. This is one of my biggest concerns. Need to watch my Hawks! I feel a bit better now though to know there are some options.

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