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Seahawks announce 2013 regular season schedule, which include four nationally televised games

Post by Eric Williams on April 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm with 56 Comments »
September 26, 2013 3:51 pm
San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis, left, is hit by Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor, right, during a reception attempt in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
San Francisco 49ers’ Vernon Davis, left, is hit by Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, right, during a reception attempt in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

For a third straight season, the Seattle Seahaawks will play in a nationally televised game.

Considered one of the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl in 2013, the Seahawks have four prime-time tilts, the team announced this afternoon.

Seattle played in three nationally televised games last year, defeating Green Bay and San Francisco at home, and losing to the 49ers on the road.

The Seahawks start the 2013 season at Carolina on Sept. 8, and open up at home a week later in a nationally televised, Sunday night contest against San Francisco on Sept. 15.

Along with the San Francisco game, the Seahawks have back-to-back, nationally televised contests, beginning with a Thursday night game against NFC West rival Arizona on the NFL Network down in the desert on Oct. 17, followed by an Oct. 28, Sunday night game at St. Louis.

Seattle also hosts New Orleans in a Monday night game on Dec. 2.

Seattle has a bye on Week 12, the latest the franchise has had a bye week.

The Seahawks also have four games in the Eastern time zone, and five 10 a.m. starts. Early morning games have been a struggle for Seattle in years past.

Check out the full schedule here.

The Seahawks have the 11th toughest schedule (.516) in the NFL heading into 2013.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the 2013 Seahawks schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 8, Seattle at Carolina, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seattle escaped with a 16-12 win over the Panthers in Carolina last season, holding the Cam Newton-led offense to 190 total yards.

Sunday, Sept. 15, San Francisco at Seattle, 5:30 p.m. (NBC)
The Skinny: Seahawks 7-3 at home against the 49ers since 2003.

Sunday, Sept. 22, Jacksonville at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)
The Skinny: Former Hawks’ DC Gus Bradley returns to Seattle for the first time as Jags head coach.

Sunday, Sept. 29 Seattle at Houston, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks suffered an embarrassing, 34-7 loss the last time in Houston during the Jim Mora era.

Sunday, Oct. 6, Seattle at Indianapolis, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks face talented, young Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for the first time.

Sunday, Oct. 13, Tennessee at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
The Skinny: UW product Jake Locker plays in Seattle for the first time in a regular-season game.

Thursday, Oct. 17, Seattle at Arizona, 5:25 p.m. (NFLN)
The Skinny: The Seahawks have lost six of their last seven at University of Phoenix stadium.

Monday, Oct. 28, Seattle at St. Louis, 5:40 p.m. (ESPN)
The Skinny: The Rams last hosted a Monday night game in 2006 vs. Chicago.

Sunday, Nov. 3, Tampa Bay at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks have lost the last three straight against Bucs.

Sunday, Nov. 10, Seattle at Atlanta, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks will try to avenge late-game loss in NFC division playoffs last season.

Sunday, Nov. 17, Minnesota at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: New additions Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield face their former teammates for the first time.

Nov 24. BYE

Monday, Dec. 2, New Orleans at Seattle, 5:40 p.m. (ESPN)
The Skinny: Drew Brees and the Saints return to Seattle for the first time since Beast Quake.

Sunday, Dec. 8, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:25 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: The Hawks play at Candlestick Park a final time during the regular season; Niners new stadium set to open up in Santa Clara in 2014.

Sunday, Dec. 15, Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks hoping for a return visit to MetLife Stadium, host of this season’s Super Bowl, in February.

Sunday, Dec. 22, Arizona at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Carson Palmer takes the field at the Clink for the first time since a 24-21 Bengals’ loss on Sept. 23, 2007.

Sunday, Dec. 29, St. Louis at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: The Rams 52 sacks in 2012 tied for the league lead with the Broncos.

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  1. Wondering how many of these games can be flexed to later time slots, depending on how the season starts, the league’s going to want to tinker with things.

  2. boycie99 says:

    Thanks NFL
    Five out of a possible six are 10am starts on the road including back to back against the Texans and Colts. The Niners have 2 10am starts

    Also a short week before we play the Niners at their place, unless its flexed

  3. bird_spit says:

    Look at all of the hawks 10AM starts then checkout 49er sched. I see favoritism going on…

  4. Like that late season bye. The scheduling gods have kept their wrath in check.

  5. bird_spit says:

    Nov 17th is a Sunday

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Seahawks got screwd with the five 10:am games!

  7. bbnate420 says:

    The October 28th game is a Monday.

    Why waste your breath complaining about 10 am starts? It is what it is. Write the league office a letter if you want any chance of it making a difference, not that it will anyways IMO.

    I don’t quite get why people list the 2013 strength of schedule so much already. It’s not an accurate measure of what the strength of schedule actually will be in 2013. It’s just based on 2012 winning percentages. Anyone who follows the NFL knows that some of the good teams in 2012 will be bad in 2013 and vice versa.

  8. Love the late November bye.

    Excited!

    Zombie – I believe the most games that a team can have on national t.v. is something like five. Can anyone else verify that?

    Wilson was just on NFLN talking about the schedule. Guess what he was doing all day? Watching film. I thought he was too short to watch film? lol

  9. bird_spit says:

    Here is the 49er Sched in eastern times….notice only 2 10AM PST starts vs Hawks 5

    That is my only complaint:

    1 SEP 08 4:25PM ET PACKERS

    2 SEP 15 8:30PM ET @SEAHAWKS

    3 SEP 22 4:25PM ET COLTS

    4 SEP 26 8:25PM ET @RAMS

    5 OCT 06 8:30PM ET TEXANS

    6 OCT 13 4:25PM ET CARDINALS

    7 OCT 20 4:05PM ET @TITANS

    8 OCT 27 1:00PM ET @JAGUARS

    9 BYE WEEK

    10 NOV 10 4:05PM ET PANTHERS

    11 NOV 17 4:25PM ET @SAINTS

    12 NOV 25 8:40PM ET @REDSKINS

    13 DEC 01 4:05PM ET RAMS

    14 DEC 08 4:25PM ET SEAHAWKS

    15 DEC 15 1:00PM ET @BUCCANEERS

    16 DEC 23 8:40PM ET FALCONS

    17 DEC 29 4:25PM ET @CARDINALS

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    overall projected strength of schedule- 49ers at #9, Seahawks at #11.

    However The 49ers home games are at 605, While the Seahawks home games are 438.

    The 49ers road games are 434. The Seahawks are 594.

    Clearly the 49ers have a huge advantage.

  11. This is the year to squash the 10am is too early for West Coast teams, dialogue. If they can’t, it will truly hurt them and all the hype the media has given them. I am one who believes it must be harder to play at 10am because of all the years of proof. But this year they MUST prove it to be untrue. Not going to be an easy task.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Why did the NFL give us our toughest games on the road, and the 49ers their easiest games on the road?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/75467/2013-nfl-strength-of-schedule-2

  13. yankinta says:

    I guess it’s a good thing we have many 10am starts, since if we have to play a 10am playoff game, we will have been used to it by then…

  14. rramstad says:

    It’s fantastic to have a Thanksgiving bye. The players will love it.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Forget that strength of schedule nonsense. We have no idea how it will play out yet. Brees, Manning, and Ryan could all blow out their knees right before we play them.

  16. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I’m furious over the schedule. I mean I’m really having to keep myself calm right now. So we have the second toughest road schedule, and most, if not all, of those games have 10 a.m starts? Thats outrageous! Paul Allen needs to complain about this! Seriously, Seahawks fans were together in a bar now and the NFL scheduler walked in he would need the several policemen to ensure his safety!

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- Nonsense! There may be one or two teams each year that will surprise us, however for the most part the Pats, Packers, Ravens, Falcons, 49ers, stealers, ect… will be the top teams.

    Teams usually don’t fall that fast, or rise that quick in the NFL.

  18. Besides it being a disadvantage, I hate waking up extra early to get ready for them. Its total bullish!t. Plus, I hate drinking at breakfast.

  19. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    Hawks have a pretty tough schedule for 2013 period. And an especially tough schedule on the road. It is what it is.

    Any major injuries at OT, along the D Line, Marshawn, or ET (RW goes without saying) probably makes this a tough year with that road schedule. Even as stacked as our roster currently appears.

  20. sluggo42 says:

    In 05′ we had a tough schedule. In hindsight, it wasn’t so tough after all eh?

  21. bbnate420 says:

    The Stealers were one of the top teams in 2013? Um, no. All of those teams named are their starting QB being hurt away from being a mediocre team. As are the Hawks.

    How many playoff teams in 2011 didn’t make it in 2012? Four, or 33% of teams in the playoffs. The Lions flat out sucked and NO, the Stealers, and the Giants were mediocre at best.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    TruBlu, Lol. I can’t imagine starting to drink before 12pm. One of the few advantages I have living in the Eastern time zone.

  23. bbnate420 says:

    Good point, sluggo.

    Yes Georgia, there are a few teams that are consistently pretty good, but there are at least 20+ other teams that aren’t. Atl hasn’t been good for a long time, unless you count since 2008 a long time. And they couldn’t win a playoff game until last year. The Ravens have had a lot of turnover. There far from a lock to be a good team in 2013.

    More than 1-2 teams surprise in both directions almost every year. Not sure what league you’ve been watching. Injuries are a big part of this.

    Regardless, the schedule is what it is. All the whining in the world on here isn’t going to change it.

  24. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Well at least no one can say we had it easy when we win it all! Five 10 am games is kinda ridiculous, but you gotta play the games on your schedule. The 3 game stretch with the Saints on MNF then the 49er’s at their place and then we have to go east coast to play the Giants at 10am will be a severe test of this teams metal.

    I hope the players look at this and are excited about overcoming these odds. They will truly be a championship team if they take care of business. Win the West and we’re back in the playoffs with a great chance to go far.

    I kinda feel bad for the Cardinals as they play the 49ers and us back to back. That could be pretty rough on Palmer as he will be looking at about a dozen sacks.

  25. I can still vent here about being inconvenienced can’t I? Maybe we catch a break and the game against the g men gets flexed.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    I’d say that at very least the Hawks, Rams, NO, Lions, Vikings, Redskins, Eagles, KC, Indy, and Pitt had records significantly different than what was projected in 2012. That’s 10 teams.

  27. MoSeahawk12 says:

    One good thing I’m seeing is that we play six road games before our bye. Only two road games the rest of the way after. We get to end with four out of the last six at home.

  28. bbnate420 says:

    TruBlu, yes. You can vent about anything you want. I don’t like 10 am games more than anyone else. I’m just saying that we don’t really know what our strength of schedule is yet. It depends on numerous factors that have yet to occur. It doesn’t look easy, I’ll admit that. They had a good record, so that’s to be expected. Also, they play in Southern Alaska. That’s not going to change. I personally would like it if they pushed all the Sunday games back a couple of hours, but the majority of people live on the East Coast.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    “Forget that strength of schedule nonsense. We have no idea how it will play out yet.”

    Absolutely and 100% correct.

  30. seahawksteven777 says:

    Personally, if we can’t win 10 am start times, then maybe we have no business being an elite team.

    My point is this: If we’re really that good, we have to win, regardless of who, where, and what time.

    I don’t get the complainers whining about the start times. Yes, let’s just make them all night games so it helps our team. Screw that, it is what it is. To be a good team, you’re gonna have obstacles to overcome.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- I’m sure you can find a few teams that will regress, however overall NFL teams don’t usually regress that fast. Especially the top teams. The Giants and Steelers will most likely bounce back.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seahawks have one of the hardest schedules, if not the hardest before it is all done this year.

    New Orleans will bounce back. Tampa Bay and the Colts will likely improve. The Rams, Arizona, Titans and Jags have a good chance to improve also.
    Comparing the Seahawks schedule with the 49ers is a joke imo. Not even close to fair.
    I’m sure though that this team will use that as motivation moving forward.
    At least when we win the SuperBowl this year they can’t say we had an easy schedule.

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Forget that strength of schedule nonsense. We have no idea how it will play out yet.”

    Absolutely and 100% correct”

    So you are saying that the Browns have just as good of chance as the Ravens?
    Or Arizona has as good of chance as the 49ers?

    Or Tampa Bay has as good of chance as the Falcons?

    Or the Bears have as good of chance as the Packers?

    Go take that to Vegas if you dare. Lol.

  33. raymaines says:

    The real question is: Why Is There Any Such Thing As A 10:00 AM Game?

    Can you imagine if the NYG’s came west and the Seahawks wanted to start the game at 7:00 AM local time?

    Why does any East coast team have to start a game at 1:00 pm EST? Wouldnt 4:00 EST pm work just as well for the East coast team and the TV networks without putting the west coast team at such a disadvantage?

    Come on NFL, talk to us.

  34. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, so the Stealers, Giants, NO, Colts, Tampa Bay, Lambs, Tards, Titans, and Jags are all going to improve but very few teams are going to regress, for one reason or another? By definition, if these teams all win more games then someone else has to lose more. And winning percentage doesn’t automatically equate to strength of schedule. Are all teams that finish 8-8 the same? More than that, are they all the same at whatever point we play them. Were the Hawks an easier team to play at the beginning or end of 2012? Injuries and growth of a team are major factors.

    My point is, that just basing our strength of schedule for 2013, in April no less, based on 2012 winning percentages is simplistic and inaccurate. Does that mean the Hawks won’t have a tough schedule in 2013? Of course not, but it does mean we don’t really know yet. Is it likely that playing NE in 2013 will be tougher than playing the Browns. I would say so, but that doesn’t mean it will be the case.

    And using the straw man argument about the Browns having as good a chance as the Ravens or the Tards as the Whiners is just complete nonsense. Nobody said that.

  35. Everyone looked at the Eagles at this time last year and didn’t want to play them. Once the season had started, many teams wanted to play them for an extra bye week. All I know is that we’re going to play a supposedly great team (now) and they are going to suck. And we’re going to play a team we sucks now but will be a really good team in 2013. Who are they going to be? I don’t know, but that’s why they play the games.

  36. raymaines says:

    I forgot to ask how come EVERY NFL game on the entire schedule doesn’t start at either 4:00 or 7:00 pm EST? That would be 1:00 or 4:00 on the west coast and something in between for the mid-west teams on Sunday nights. Worst case scenario is that the Redskins/Pats/Giants/etc. etc. would be on TV from 7:00 to about 10:00 PM EST. A level playing field? Whoa dude, what a concept.

  37. Dukeshire says:

    Your question is a non sequitur. What I am saying is that it’s total folly to predict with any real certainty, 5 months from the beginning of the season, how difficult or easy a schedule will be. There are simply far too many variables at play. We see it every single year, teams that look great on paper now, fall completely flat when the games start, thus making the reality of the difficulty of a schedule much different.

    As far as “taking that to Vegas”, again, that has zero to do with my point.

  38. Still think Goodell doesnt manipulate all things–such as the schedule–to favor teams in certain situations?! Niners get so few 10 am PST start times, while Seattle gets five…Niners only get two road games in a row twice, while Seattle gets it lots more…

    Redskins vs Eagles gets intro Monday night?! Two teams that arent that good, but HUGE tv markets…Goodell is propping them up, licking his chops at all that money…

    Tagliabue would never have pulled this crap, and he sucked too. Never thougt I would long for the Tag days. Goodell has made this happen.

  39. Dukeshire–I agree, hard to judge strength of schedule. What is proven to be a competitive disadvantage though, is 10 am PST start times for West Coast teams, and playing on the road two games in a row.

  40. And I must say, I NEVER get tired of pics or vid of Chancellor schooling Davis. And I really like Davis, he’s become a good dude and a great player. Still he’s a niner and deserved the hit for that alone…lol!

  41. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, suggesting that Goodell and the NFL office manipulate the schedule to get higher ratings is COMPLETELY different from suggesting that he colludes with officials to favor certain teams, i.e. fixes games. One doesn’t have any bearing on the other.

    raymaines, having every game played at 1 or 4 pm WST would both destroy the Sunday prime time shows on Fox and CBS and would also have a large impact on the NBC Sunday night game. I don’t know what their contract says, but I would guess that the money NBC paid for that night game is contingent on not competing with other NFL games. Like it or not, those are 2 major reasons.

  42. jawpeace says:

    I am glad for the early start in NY in Dec. The weather can get very cold and nasty. Playing at 1:00 Eastern gives us the warmest part of the day. Also that game is an excellent test run for the players to play out side in the cold in NY. Because correct me if I am wrong but is not the Super Bowl in NY this year. To me that is more of a beef why can’t Seattle host a Super Bowl if NY gets to.

  43. Yes, its sort of a fool’s errand to judge strength of schedule before the season begins. Still, I can see the possibility of a 12-4 season here, and I’m not usually over-optimistic about these things. Road losses at San Francisco and St Louis are likely, as is a road loss in either Atlanta or New Orleans. After that, some team will sneak up on us and beat at home, but probably not more than one.

    I can’t wait for that Sunday nighter against SF at the CLink!

  44. Dukeshire says:

    “Niners only get two road games in a row twice, while Seattle gets it lots more”

    Seattle has 3. So, one more.

    “Niners get so few 10 am PST start times, while Seattle gets five”

    SF has two. So, 2 to 5.

    The schedules are out so we can deal in specifics, and you make some good points, and a little hyperbole.

    “And I must say, I NEVER get tired of pics or vid of Chancellor schooling Davis.”

    Me either. And fine be damned, that was a clean / textbook lick.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    And let’s not forget that some of those late season games, like NY, may get flexed into prime time.

  46. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    Just by the Seahawks flight miles alone….we have the toughest schedule of ANY team. Look at Bal. their longest flight is to Denver. We travel more in out first game than they do all season almost. We just have to suck it up and deal with our geography.

    As well as you all complaining about 10am brewksys….grab a bottle of bubbily and OJ and include the lil woman…you’ll be a hit *S*

  47. bbnate420 says:

    If the Hawks are fortunate enough to play a game in NY in February maybe it would be better if the December game is flexed to prime time, because the SB starts at approx. 3:30 WST. Anyways, we have no idea what the whether will be like on either day. I’m not too worried about cold or rain, the Hawks should be able to handle that. The wind in that stadium worries me more, although the Hawks are built to run the ball and execute short passes. Maybe more than any other team.

  48. seahawkNJ says:

    Does anyone really think Goodell has much to do with scheduling? It’s all about $ and the bigger market teams are going to benefit. The schedule is what it is. If 50 world class athletes can’t adjust to a 3 hour time difference then we have no business discussing our chances at a Superbowl. The coaches have said it’s a non-issue.

  49. Southendzone says:

    This schedule is favorable in my opinion. After all the hype about the Hawks, if they can keep that out of their heads and be as focused as they were last year there is no reason for them not to start out 4/0 or maybe 3/1.

    1st matchup against SF is here at clink, Carolina & JAX will be sub-500 teams. HOU at home will be a challenge.

    19 and 0 perfect season is within reach, look out stupid old champagne drinking Dolphin alumni.

  50. chuck_easton says:

    CDN_C_Hawk,

    It must be a Canadian thing. We are known for our creative drinking techniques!

    I had the same thought. 10am game? Great Memosas and/or Baileys and Coffee all around to go with a nice Eggs Benny spread.

    Sounds good to me. Seahawks football and a Sunday brunch to boot! That will get the wife involved in the game for a change.

  51. HawkFromDay1 says:

    MoSeahawks – In agreemeent with you.

    Best part of this schedule – 3 home games after the bye, 2 in a row to close out the season – if it goes down to the wire (which it will) we’ll be in the catbird seat.

    Worst part – 2 trips to the east coast (Atlanta, NYG), with both 10AM starts – we don’t win those, historically…

  52. Memosas are good with brunches and bloody mary’s for hangover’s, but damn man, I gotsta drink some cold ones with the homies and the girl during the game, it’s tradition.

  53. yankinta says:

    RW, it’s time for you to lead the HAWKS to the Five IMPOSSIBLE 10 AM East Coast Wins!!!

    I look forward to it.

  54. I enjoy 1 or 2 10 am starts every year. Get up make breakfast, poor a good beer, and enjoy the Hawks, but 5 is just extreme. Especially having them back to back. I seem to remember NE making back to back trips to the west coast a couple years ago, and the league making a rule to avoid that in the future. That doesn’t seem to fair, oh well.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4009230

  55. I am guessing this sets up for about 11-5 for the season, my guess based on the arraingement of home and road games

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