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Seahawks 2014 schedule

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm with 48 Comments »
April 23, 2014 6:23 pm

Here it is:

Home games in bold.

Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay, 5:30 p.m.

Week 2: Sept. 14, at San Diego, 1:05 p.m.

Week 3: Sept. 21, vs. Denver, 1:25 p.m.

Week 4: Bye

Week 5: Monday, Oct. 6, at Washington, 5:30 p.m.

Week 6: Oct. 12, vs. Dallas, 1:25 p.m.

Week 7: Oct. 19, at St. Louis, 10 a.m.

Week 8: Oct. 26, at Carolina, 10 a.m.

Week 9: Nov. 2, vs. Oakland, 1:25 p.m.

Week 10: Nov. 9, vs. New York Giants, 1:25 p.m.

Week 11: Nov. 16, at Kansas City, 10 a.m.

Week 12: Nov. 23, vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.

Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 27 at San Francisco, 5:30 p.m.

Week 14: Dec. 7, at Philadelphia, 1:25 p.m.

Week 15: Dec. 14, vs. San Francisco, 1:25 p.m.

Week 16: Dec. 21, at Arizona, 5:30 p.m.

Week 17: Dec. 28, vs. St. Louis, 1:25 p.m.

A further look:

Division games
Week 13, Nov. 27 at San Francisco 49ers
Week 15, Dec. 14 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Overview: Harbaugh. Kaepernick. Khakis. Rivalry. Arguably the NFL’s best rivalry will have another full round in 2014 in Weeks 13 and 15 and a massive game on Thanksgiving day. This will be the fourth time in franchise history the Seahawks play on Thanksgiving day. Richard Sherman will withstand a week’s worth of questions about Michael Crabtree. The offseason incident in Miami involving Colin Kaepernick and Ricardo Lockette will come up again. There will be swearing, booing, sideline freakouts from coaches and hitting. Lots of hitting. As former boxing referee Mills Lane said, “Let’s get it on!”

Week 12, Nov. 23 vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 16, Dec. 21 at Arizona Cardinals
Overview: The Cardinals are the only team to win in CenturyLink Field the last two years. They are also an up-and-coming threat in football’s toughest division, the NFC West. Arizona held the Seahawks to just 10 points in a 17-10 Week 16 win in Seattle last year. Despite that, and a 10-6 record, Arizona did not make the playoffs. Its defense is not far behind Seattle’s, but Arizona needs to find more production from its running backs. Also, leading tackler and middle linebacker Karlos Dansby left in free agency to join the Cleveland Browns.

Week 7, Oct. 19 at St. Louis Rams
Week 17, Dec. 28 vs. St. Louis Rams
Overview: There were a trio of games last season it can be argued the Seahawks should not have won. Perhaps the leader of those was the win in St. Louis. Golden Tate’s 80-yard touchdown salvaged a game during which Wilson was terrorized by Rams ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to return to his starting position after missing half of last season because of a torn ACL. The Rams also have 12 picks in the upcoming draft, including Nos. 2 and 13 overall.

Non-division home games
Week 1, Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay Packers
Overview: With quarterback Aaron Rodgers back healthy, the Packers should be back in the mix in the NFC North a season after winning it with an 8-7-1 record. Green Bay finished last season with a negative point differential. It was third in total yards, however, and tied Seattle for eighth in points per game. The Packers countered those points with an abysmal defense that tied for 24th in points allowed. The Seahawks are 6-8 all-time versus the Packers. You may remember the last game between the two. Golden Tate and disgruntled Green Bay fans sure do.

Week 3, Sept. 21 vs. Denver Broncos
Overview: One bold, big storyline: A super Bowl XLVIII rematch, this time in Seattle. The Seahawks are 15-1 at home during the regular season since quarterback Russell Wilson took over in 2012. If the Broncos thought New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium was a house of horrors, wait until they show up in the NFL’s loudest venue to face a team that it was crushed by in February. Can the Broncos come up with a better plan against the Seattle defense? Can Denver stop Wilson? What can the AFC champs do to make turn this from a bad matchup for them to a possible huge road win?

Week 6, Oct. 12 vs. Dallas Cowboys
Overview:
The Cowboys come to Seattle in their usual state of desperation. After finishing 8-8 last season, Dallas missed the playoffs. Much like the Packers, there are recent bad memories in CenturyLink Field for quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys. In 2007, Romo botched the hold on a potential game-winning field goal from 19 yards away in a 21-20 Seattle Wild-Card playoff win. The teams have played three times since, most recently Sept. 16, 2012, when the Seahawks put together an easy 27-7 win. Wide receiver Dez Bryant will be a load for the Seahawks’ secondary. He has the mouth and antics to match Richard Sherman.

Week 9, Nov. 2 vs. Oakland
Overview: Like Eli Manning, new quarterback Oakland quarterback Matt Schaub doesn’t have good memories from last season. Richard Sherman picked off a pass in the flat from Schaub and returned it for a touchdown to tie a game the Seahawks were battered in for most of the day. Stephen Hauschka kicked a field goal in overtime to win it. The Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002.

Week 10, Nov. 9 vs. New York Giants
Overview: Giants quarterback Eli Manning is likely not in a hurry to see the Seahawks again. He threw five interceptions against Seattle last season during a loss in New Jersey. This will also mark the return of cornerback Walter Thurmond III. The Giants were 7-9 last year and there isn’t much evidence they will be better next season.

Non-division road games
Week 2, Sept. 14 at San Diego Chargers
Overview: Philip Rivers will get to go at the Seahawks’ secondary. The Chargers were 11th in points allowed per game and tied for 12th in points scored per game last season.

Week 5, Oct. 6 at Washington Redskins
Overview: Dysfunction in the nation’s capitol is not restricted to Congress, though they provide a daily how-to. The Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder have their own problems. Gone is strong-willed head coach Mike Shanahan. Remaining is quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was part of the best young quarterback discussion at the start of last season. That was before his completion rate was just 60.2 percent and he threw 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. This season, he inherits DeSean Jackson’s personality and elite physical ability as part of the Redskins’ passing game. It’s been almost a decade since the Seahawks were last in D.C. They lost in overtime, 20-17, Oct. 2, 2005 after kicker Josh Brown hit the left upright on the last play of regulation and the Redskins’ Nick Novak kicked a 35-yard field goal in overtime to win it.

Week 8,  Oct. 26, at Carolina Panthers
Overview: A rematch of one of the biggest grinds from last season. Earl Thomas came up with a late strip to stop the Panthers and Jermaine Kearse surprised everyone when he caught a 43-yard touchdown up the sideline for the go-ahead score. That completion actually foreshadowed a season of big plays for Kearse, which included a touchdown on 4th-and-7 in the NFC title game, plus a pinballing score in the Super Bowl. The Panthers will be without wideout Steve Smith for the first time in 13 seasons.

Week 11, Nov. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs
Overview:
It will be loud in Kansas City when two of the NFL’s top defenses play. The Chiefs wilted last season after winning their first nine games. Kansas City was just 2-5 to close the regular season, then lost a wild-card playoff game at Indianapolis.

Week 14, Dec. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles
Overview: Pete Carroll’s defense vs. Chip Kelly’s offense. The national title is on the line. Sorry, wrong level of football. Regardless, it will be intriguing to see how these two scheme for each other. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had one of the most accurate seasons in NFL history last year when he threw for 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Eagles cut dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the offseason. The Seahawks last played at Philadelphia on Nov. 2, 2008 and lost, 26-7.

The Seahawks’ opponents in 2014 were 143-112-1 (.561) last season.

Leave a comment Comments → 48
  1. boycie99 says:

    Brutal early bye
    2 back to back 10am games
    Brutal finish

    The league sure not showing the champs any love

  2. freedom_X says:

    Interesting. So many of the big divisional games late in the season. they don’t even meet their 1st divisional opponent until mid-October? Seems strange.

    I wish the bye week were a bit later.

  3. wow do not like the looks of this

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Week 4 bye is awful. St Louis and Carolina back to back road games is terrible as well. Thanksgiving vs SF will be cool.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    SF twice in three weeks is brutal, yes.

  6. banosser says:

    6 of the last 7 (6 in a row) are against 10 win teams…

  7. ChrisHolmes says:

    Yeah, the SF twice in three weeks is what stuck out to me (other than that horrible bye).

    But damn, we get the Thanksgiving night game… very cool.

  8. No home Monday night game for the Super Bowl Champs? Two Thursday night (home/away) and one away Monday game…

  9. chrisj122 says:

    the good: only 3 10:00 am starts

    the Bad: 2 of the 3 are back to back and all 3 are within a 5 week span.

  10. seahawksteven777 says:

    Calm down guys. We are the SUPER BOWL CHAMPS for a reason. We are a great team and great teams should be able to handle schedules like this.

  11. chrisj122 says:

    it looks like our toughest non-division road game is probably the Panthers.

    Panthers have a really good D and it’s an early game.

  12. SaigonSun says:

    Really ugly schedule. No love for the World Champions.

  13. cseahawk says:

    Hope the Guys have their chips ready(shoulders too). Seems like the league is none too happy we’re defending champs and is dissing us plenty. 1!?!?! prime-time home game? out of just 4? Guess they don’t like the home-field advantage we have. Good to know they’re not rewarding us for winning the Lombardi. What crap……

  14. vichawkfan says:

    Whacked. All the prime time games after week one are on the road?? BS.

  15. I think two Sea/SF games in three weeks is more brutal for SF than it is for us.

    I don’t like the week 4 bye and I have always thought it was extremely stupid for teams to have a bye and then to play on a Monday night game when they come off of their bye.

    Other than that, I think we should win every game. I know we probably won’t, but going into every game I can’t see any game where I’m scared of any of those teams. Concerned? Yes. Scared? No.

    And so begins the quest for back-to-back.

    Right now the Hawks are “only” Super Bowl Champions. Teams get that title every year. But now the core has a chance to be back-to-back champions. This is a lot more special and prestigious than any singular Super win. It’s where champions become legends and it’s a rare opportunity that I think this team can achieve.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It seems like the NFL also wants to make sure all of the niner MIA players are back before we play them.
    Oh well, the Seahawks will be well battle tested before the playoffs.

  17. I see the SF/Sea games as brutal for us we have away at the Eagles they have away at Raiders in the sandwich.Then we follow with the cards away.

  18. I don’t like the looks of SF away four days after we’ve played Arizona. This is a pretty rugged schedule, at least for now. But as someone said above, we’re the world champs. So let’s suck it up and do it again!

    Go Hawks!

  19. Only 1 Prime Time home game. Denver gets 3.

    It stinks.

    I hope the Hawks take this very personal and grind their opponents to dust.

  20. It is what it is I would love to get Thanksgiving day tickets, I have been wanting to go to an away game.

  21. cseahawk says:

    Problem I’m having with the schedule is the lack of prime time home games. Ravens had 2 home prime games, Giants had 2 home prime games, Packers had 2 prime home games, Saints had 2 prime home games, Stealers had 2 prime home games(past SB champs). See a trend that stops with us? See that Denver has 3!!! prime home games………nice reward for getting annihilated by us. Whatever NFL.

  22. Okay, the reason Seattle didn’t get any prime time home games (except the first game that HAD to be at home) is because they are soooo good that all their home games will be too easy and boring! Think about it. :)

  23. Ewalters7354 says:

    Aside from the week 4 bye, I love the schedule.

    If these guys wanna be great,then I know they’re up to the task.

    Also I agree with Bobby that the 3 week strech is more tough for an aging 49ers team.I mean,do you really think they wanna play this young, physical team twice in 3 weeks? Hell no!!

  24. GeorgiaRay says:

    Hate the week 4 bye!! Love the home away alternation generally, hate the SF, PHI, SF, AZ gauntlet coming down the home stretch…

  25. skystyler says:

    isn’t this the 3rd year in a row we have to play the panthers in Carolina?

  26. vichawkfan says:

    Positive spin: 3 road primetime games, at least they’re not 10am! Early bye week helps rest us after the longest season to date. Heck, Broncos got the same deal. We ‘ll get another bye wild card weekend.
    “You wanna do this? Ok let’s do this” Brad Katsuyama.

  27. TallyHawk says:

    My biggest complaint is the week 4 bye. Every year when week 4 rolls around and byes start I always think what a horrible time for it. Your season isn’t even month old and you get a 2 week break. I wish they could find a way to not start byes until week 6 or at least 5. I understand it’s probably difficult getting 32 teams their byes but getting it in week 4 seems like a waste to those teams. Even more so when you throw in that the Hawks have mini bye to start the season.

  28. VNHLNFAN says:

    Bring it on

  29. vichawkfan says:

    Left the team

    @Softykjr: McCloughan is the former 49ers GM who brought in, among others, Vernon Davis, Crabtree, Willis, Gore, Staley and Justin Smith. Great eye

    Check please!

  30. Alright, just got my tickets to the Sept. 14 game in San Diego!

  31. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Im glad the NFL screwed us!!! This guarentees we wont be complacent. I expect us to stay angry, hungry and out for blood as we go for the seapeat… So in summary thank you NFL for screwing us with only one home primetime game when other teams received multiple games. We can save our other two home primetime games for January.. wink wink

  32. We already knew what teams the Hawks would play home and away. The schedule is a tough one, but that is no surprise.

    Russell Wilson getting divorced after only 2 years of marriage is today’s big surprise.

    I hope he is ok. Something bad must have happened.

  33. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I’m already sick of hearing what every lazy sports writer has pulled from the schedule release a few hours ago. We play the Packers opening night and for the next four months we get to hear about “Fail Mary II”
    ESPN, USA, SI, all big headlines that say the same crap. That game was two years ago and what nobody remembers is that we sacked Rodgers eight times in the first half and they had some series gifts go in their favor. We won on a call that was the rule at the time. It was reviewed and upheld by non replacement replay officials. The Packers lost, we won, but really…..We get Fail Mary II. Rant over.
    Leave no doubt this time fellas!

  34. Hammajamma says:

    McCloughan resigned.

  35. Weeks 12-16 are really going to define our season, aren’t they? Glad we are at SF first this I think that we are more likely to win down there this time.

  36. Could argue that they will be 11-0 to start

  37. Dukeshire says:

    I would sure like to get *any* info on the Hawks ongoing offseason program.

  38. The league is not giving us prime time games because they want competitive games and wants to avoid blowouts. They fear that Seattle is going to overmatch other teams. Sweet.

  39. Todd Dybas says:

    Dukeshire,

    Only team employees — writers or otherwise — are allowed into the offseason workouts. Reporters are not. As repeatedly noted here, workouts began April 21.

    Thanks.

    Todd

  40. All prime time games except 1 on the road is BS, turkey day on the road BS, and opening up against GB is dumb, Tate’s not even on the team anymore. Should of opened against 9ers and lower that banner in their face. Also, 9ers twice in 2 weeks, I hate when the NFL does that ish. Oh well, we’ll still dominate. Go Hawks.

  41. Also, 5 of the last 6 games are our divisional games going into the playoffs, that’s just brutal.

  42. I wouldn’t worry too much about the lack of home prime time games. Remember any games after week 5 can be flexed to prime time. Everything changes as the season moves alongs. Teams don’t live up to expectations, injuries, etc.

    I’ll just be prepared to adjust my tailgating plans later in the season.

  43. Well, the team won’t lack for a challenge to keep focused. As others said, the early bye sucks. Getting tired of waiting for the draft and training camp.

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I thought the NFL was going to schedule more divisional games to every team towards the end of the schedule.
    If that was really true why does Green Bay only have one divisional game in the last seven games of the schedule?

  45. Ray_Maines says:

    The NFL desperately wants every team to finish 8-8 and does everything it can, from the Draft to the schedule, to ensure that happens.

  46. “SF twice in three weeks is brutal, yes.”

    Every time Carroll has been asked how the Seahawks would deal with the other teams strength, Carroll pretty much said “They have to deal with us.” Those games will be tough, but the other team isn’t happy about facing the Seahawks either.

    The Superbowl Champs always have a tough schedule. And you never know, there are always teams that are better or worse than we think looking at the schedule here in April.

    If the Seahawks can shore up the O line, they will win 12-14 games I think.

  47. MITCHHAWK8 says:

    So the NFL thinks that the Hawks will blow out all their opponents out at home, so we only get one home prime time game,,thats BS,,
    The NFL dosn`t mind giving Denver 3 prime time home games thou?? All the teams Denver blewout last year..[highest scoring team in NFL history], and those weren`t boring games to watch?? “come on man”
    The NFL is not going to let the Seahawks repeat if possible..
    Come on NFL ,, this is not the WWE

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