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Seahawks announce 2012 regular season schedule

Post by Eric Williams on April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm with 45 Comments »
April 17, 2012 5:00 pm
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (15) against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The NFL announced the regular season schedule this afternoon, which you can view here.

For a second straight season the Seattle Seahawks received a nationally televised, regular season game.

New Seattle quarterback Matt Flynn will get a chance to play his old team, the Green Bay Packers, on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 24.

The Seahawks also have a Thursday night road game at San Francisco on the NFL Network on Oct. 18, and an international matchup as Seattle takes on Buffalo in Toronto, Canada on Dec. 16, the club’s first regular season game outside the United States.

The Seahawks had no scheduled nationally televised games in 2009 and 2010, and 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.

The Seahawks regular season finale of the 2010 season against St. Louis was flexed into the schedule for a national audience on NBC with the NFC West title on the line, a game Seattle won 16-6.

The Seahawks open the season on Sept. 9 at Arizona, host Dallas on Sept. 16 and Green bay the following week before travelling to St. Louis on Sept. 30.

Seattle then heads to Carolina on Oct. 7 before hosting the New England on Oct. 14, with a quick turnaround to Thursday night’s tilt at San Francisco on Oct. 18.

The Seahawks finish off the string of four of five games on the road with a date at Detroit on Oct. 28.

Seattle hosts the Vikings on Nov. 4 and the N.Y. Jets on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11 before its Week 11 bye — the latest in-season bye week for the Seahawks since the 2000 season.

Seattle returns from the bye week for its longest road trip of the season, traveling to Miami for a Nov. 25 game, and then heading to Chicago for the second consecutive year and a Dec. 2 contest.

The Seahawks then complete the season with a Dec. 9 game at home vs. Arizona, a Dec. 16 game on the road in Toronto against Buffalo, and then two home games against NFC West rivals San Francisco on Dec. 23 and St. Louis on Dec. 30.

The league kicks off the 2012 season with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants hosting NFC East rival Dallas on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at MetLife Stadium.

Here’s a blow-by-blow look at the 2012 Seahawks schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 9, Seattle at Arizona, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Skinny: Hawks have won three of their last four games against the Cardinals.

Sunday, Sept. 16, Dallas at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: After getting drubbed again by the Cowboys on the road last season, the Hawks are hoping for a better result at home. Seattle is 2-6 in Dallas and has not won here since 2002, losing by an average margin of 22.5 points a game.

Monday, Sept. 24, Green Bay at Seattle, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Skinny: Seattle has lost four of its last five against the Packers.

Sunday, Sept. 30, Seattle at St. Louis, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seahawks have won six of their last seven games in the Edward Jones Dome, and are 7-4 overall in St. Louis.

Sunday, Oct. 7, Seattle at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: The Seahawks have not won in Carolina, scoring a combined 13 points in two contests at Bank of America Stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 14, New England at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
The Skinny: Patriots 34-year-old quarterback Tom Brady faces the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field for the first time in his 12-year career.

Thursday, Oct. 18, Seattle at San Francisco, 5:20 p.m. (NFLN)
The Skinny: The Hawks are 2-3 in their last five games at Candlestick Park, averaging 20.4 points a contest.

Sunday, Oct. 28, Seattle at Detroit, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seattle last played in Motown on Sept. 10, 2006, a 9-6 season-opening win.

Sunday, Nov 4, , Minnesota at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks have lost three of their last four regular season games to the Vikings by an average of 23.7 points a game.

Sunday, Nov. 11, N.Y. Jets at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
The Skinny: The Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow circus comes to town.

Nov 18. , BYE

Sunday, Nov. 25, Seattle at Miami, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks are 3-7 against the Dolphins, and haven’t won in Miami since a 22-15 win on Oct. 6, 1996.

Sunday, Dec. 2, Seattle at Chicago, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: This is the third straight year Seattle plays the Bears in a regular season game; the Seahawks are 5-2 in the Windy City.

Sunday, Dec. 9, Arizona at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seahawks are 7-3 against the Cardinals at home dating back to 2002.

Sunday, Dec. 16, Seattle at Buffalo (in Toronto), 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Host Bills blitzed Seattle the last time they faced the Seahawks at home, 34-10 in the 2008 season opener.

Sunday, Dec. 23, San Francisco at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seahawks 6-3 at home against the 49ers since 2003.

Sunday, Dec. 30, St. Louis at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seattle hasn’t lost to St. Louis at CenturyLink Field since 2004.

Leave a comment Comments → 45
  1. Dukeshire says:

    I like it. Love the late bye. Christmas eve at home. Good schedule, overall.

  2. DreadHawks says:

    With ya Duke! 3 of the last 4 weeks vs. NFC West teams… sweet it is!!

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like it too! Especially playing all the Other NFC west teams at home in Dec!

  4. HawkfaninMT says:

    I like it for the most part. Only down sides:

    4 10 AM starts

    Chicago and Toronto will be cold… although the Hawks may be better equipped to play in the cold than either of those teams!

    4 days rest between Pats and @ SF. Not a lot of time to rest up and game plan

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Ah, but 10 days off before having to travel to Detroit…

  6. HawkfaninMT says:

    I do like that! Although I could game plan for Detroit. Put 11 guys on Calvin Johnson, and hope he doesn’t out jump all of them!

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Toronto will be cold, However the Bills will be out of the playoff race by then and doing their annual late season tanking!

  8. chrisj122 says:

    Prime time against the Packers, LOVE IT!
    Maybe Flynn can help prep the D on what to expect.

  9. Guys, game in Toronto will be at Rogers Centre, which is a dome.

  10. IdahoHawk says:

    According to Sando the Toronto game will be inside.

  11. chrisj122 says:

    Is it just me or do the Hawks play Chicago more than any other non-division team?

  12. IdahoHawk says:

    Yea what Eric said

  13. HawkfaninMT says:

    I recant my Buffalo in the cold statement. When they play in Toronto it is in a dome… Nice!

  14. chrisj122 says:

    What’s up with this playin in Canada garbage?

  15. Overall, I don’t think this is a situation where we can complain about the scheduling too much. It looks fine to me.

    All I know is that some of the games now that we think are going to be easy are actually going to be tough and some of the “gimme” games are going to be much harder than expected. It’s that way every year so I don’t know why this coming season will be any different.

    Now, I just need to figure out what game to go to:)

  16. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    Week 15, Dec. 15 in Toronto, will be at Rogers Center that has a retractable roof, so weather won’t be an issue .

  17. Anyone know if the Toronto game will be inside or outside?


  18. Hammajamma says:

    Brutal. 10-6 would be miraculous.

  19. chrisj122 says:

    Wow, we haven’t lost to the Rams @home since 04. Holly crap, I didn’t realize that.
    I remember in the early 2000’s the Rams owned the Hawks. Oh, how i hated them, especially after losing back to back years in the first round of the playoffs to them.

  20. HawkfaninMT says:

    @ Bobby: You said “All I know is that some of the games now that we think are going to be easy are actually going to be tough and some of the “gimme” games are going to be much harder than expected”

    Isn’t that a bit redundant?

  21. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    BobbyK….They close the roof…depending on forecast. Rogers Center( SkyDome), and that game is also at 1pm, Seattle time too.

  22. As a diehard Seattle fan in Manhattan, I have to say the GB, SF, and NYJ games are glorious. I cannot wait to shove a punishing and decisive Seattle victory in my in-laws face! The only thing finer that watching Belichick lose (most for the no lip movement during post-game comments) is watching Rex Ryan’s tubby arse accept defeat.

  23. RDPoulsbo says:

    Ralph Wilson constantly complains about how hard it is to build a crowd in Buffalo. After years of whining, the other owners gave in and let him play 2 games a year across the border in Toronto and are even looking expand it to 4 games a year. It’s only a matter of time before they become the Toronto Bills.

    Overall, not a bad schedule. I’ve never liked Thursday games because it’s such a short week to gameplan. Then again, it’s probably not that hard to gameplan the 49ers. It’s going to be a bruising game though. I hope they come out of the Pats game healthy. There’s always huge surprises and disappointments every year in the league. You can’t do too much prognostication at this point.

  24. MT – That’s why I said: “It’s that way every year so I don’t know why this coming season will be any different.”

    CDN – I know it’s in a dome. I was trying to be funny, as about 5 people had already said that.

  25. seahawk44 says:

    The 49ers also only have 4 days between games when Seattle goes to San Francisco on 10-18. They play the NY Giants in SF on 10-14. Those 2 games are part of a 3 game home stretch for 49ers.
    Also….SF opens the season at Green Bay.

  26. raymaines says:

    and this little tid-bit for those of us who don’t care for the SeaHawks new look jerseys:

    Steelers unveil new throwback jersey

  27. love, Love, LOVE the fact that 3 of the last 4 are at HOME and in division!!! Couldn’t ask for more – you will be controlling the destiny of the division down that stretch.

    I don’t like the fact that SF has like 7 of 8 at home early/mid year.

    Week 11 bye – I can’t recall having one that late – I like it!!!

    Was gonna sell my seats this year – but GB home on a Monday – gonna have to keep them

  28. Soggybuc says:

    “Kam, this is little Timmy. say hello, now be a nice boy and help him get up and get his helmet on straight!”

    From what I have read the players actually like the Thus. game and short week because of the extra 3 days off. it makes for a mini bye week for them.
    Also from EW’s phrasing of the article, sounds like someone thinks Flynn will be our starting QB come week 3.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Come week 3…? Flynn will start week 1.

  30. @raymaines… great minds, eh?

  31. Dukeshire says:

    I will laugh my ass off if the Steelers wear those unis, ever. Lol… Hilariously gross.

  32. vichawkfan says:

    Leroy might get nabbed at the border going into Toronto. They got drug dogs.
    Great schedule !!

  33. bsinnitt says:

    As was posted already, love the late bye. On top of that, the remaining schedule is very favorable to build momentum heading into the playoffs which seems to be crucial looking at the NFC tournament bracket the past few years. Here’s to anticipation of the next NFC championship game in Seattle. (I think the Panthers ears are still ringing from the last one, there will probably be law suits from Carolina players that the NFL didn’t do enough to protect their long term hearing)

  34. Soggybuc says:

    Crazy as it sounds I can see us at 5-0 heading into the pats game.

    Duke, i was just trying to give Eric some wiggle room.

  35. I like your thinking SOGGYBUC

  36. I don’t think the Pats stand a chance at CenturyLink.

    19 & OH

  37. Macabrevity says:

    Overall pretty happy with the schedule, we get some tough tests early, while the homestretch looks pretty homey ;) I do agree that games that seem like gimmes can end up being pretty tough, but PC will have us mentally prepared. Hopefully we make the most noise in the division.

  38. Frankenchrist says:

    Aaron Rodgers is going to pick apart the defense on Monday night. The Packer will own the Seahawks and humiliate them in their own house.

    Flynn can’t win but it will be a great game!

  39. RDPoulsbo says:

    Just noticed the 49ers have 5 games in primetime this year. Hopefully, the league gets slapped in the face for that like they did by featuring Indy’s futility 5 times last year.

  40. mojjonation says:

    Those Steeler throw backs must have been made to stop Roethlisberger from going out and taking chicks into bathrooms.

  41. “What’s up with this playin in Canada garbage?”

    That’s what Brandon Browner once said!

  42. SandpointHawk says:

    Jon Ryan is from Canada…

  43. psoundpowerhouse says:

    Really like the late bye week.
    Man, I’m really jacked over this schedule.
    It’s gonna be a great season!

  44. Dude, if that Steelers uni thing is true, what’s the deal with Nike, do they just like putting out ugly shit, wow. I know they are throw backs, but yikes, that’s the one they choose. That shit would be so funny to see on them, no way they win that game.

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