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.
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: