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Hawks regular season schedule announced

Post by Eric Williams on April 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm with 24 Comments »
April 20, 2011 10:03 am
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (Elaine Thompson/AP).

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

For the first time in three years the Seattle Seahawks were scheduled for a nationally televised, regular season game.

The Seahawks have a Thursday night contest on the NFL Network at home against Philadelphia on Dec. 1, and then the following week host St. Louis in a Monday night contest on Dec. 12 on ESPN.

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 last season against St. Louis last year was flexed into the schedule for a national audience on NBC with the NFC West title on the line.

Seattle opens the season Sunday, Sept. 11 on the road against San Francisco, followed by games at Pittsburgh, at home against Arizona and Atlanta, and then on the road at the N.Y. Giants before getting a bye at week six, Sunday Oct. 16.

Seattle then finishes the season at Cleveland, at home against Cincinnati, at Dallas, at home against Baltimore, at St. Louis, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, at Chicago, San Francisco and the final game on the road against Arizona.

Due to winning the NFC West division title last year, head coach Pete Carroll will have a tougher schedule than last year. Seattle had the third-easiest schedule heading into the 2010 season. This year, the Seahawks have the 24th hardest schedule, with a cumulative opponents’ record of 125-131.

Seattle will travel a total distance of 26,918 miles. Only San Francisco (29,196) travels more.

Also, the Seahawks have five 10 a.m. Pacific time start times this year, something they’ve struggled with in terms of getting wins in the past.

The league kicks off the 2011 season with a meeting between the last two Super Bowl champions in the Sept. 8 NFL Kickoff Game.

The Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, will play host to the New Orleans Saints, who topped the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, at 8:30 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field in a nationally televised Thursday game on NBC.

Here’s a blow-by-blow look at the 2011 Seahawks schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 11, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks looking to erase ugly 40-21 loss at Candlestick Park last year.

Sunday, Sept. 18, Seattle at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: The Hawks lost 21-0 in their last contest on the road against the Steelers in 2007.

Sunday, Sept. 25, Arizona at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks face new Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, Tacoma native Ray Horton for the first time.

Sunday, Oct. 2, Atlanta at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks hope to do better than 34-18 loss at home to Falcons last year.

Sunday, Oct. 9, Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Last time Hawks defeated Giants on the road was 1983.

Oct. 16, BYE

Sunday, Oct. 23, Seattle at Cleveland, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Hawks face former head coach Mike Holmgren, now the Browns’ team president, for the first time.

Sunday, Oct. 30, Cincinnati at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (CBS)
The Skinny: Bengals haven’t won in Seattle since 1994; Hawks have taken seven of the last 10 contests.

Sunday, Nov. 6, Seattle at Dallas, 10 a.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Cowboys have won three of the last four against Seattle.

Sunday, Nov. 13, Baltimore at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
The Skinny: Talented Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis travels to Qwest Field for only the second time in his career; former Hawks’ corner Josh Wilson returns to Seattle.

Sunday, Nov. 20, Seattle at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks looking to re-establish dominance over Rams losing to them for the first time in 11 games.

Sunday, Nov. 27, Washington at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seattle has lost five straight regular season contests against Redskins, though the Seahawks won two playoff games against Washington in that span.

Thursday, Dec. 1, Philadelphia at Seattle, 5:20 p.m. (NFLN)
The Skinny: Eagles’ QB Michael Vick returns to Qwest Field for the first time since 2005.

Monday, Dec. 12, St. Louis at Seattle, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Skinny: Seattle hasn’t lost to St. Louis at Qwest Field since 2004.

Sunday, Dec. 18, Seattle at Chicago, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks look to avenge last year’s NFC playoff loss in the Windy City.

Saturday, Dec. 24, San Francisco at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
The Skinny: Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and new 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh face off. The two were college rivals when Carroll was at USC and Harbaugh at Stanford.

Sunday, Jan. 1, Seattle at Arizona, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Skinny: Seattle defeated Arizona by an average margin of 15 points a contest in two decisive wins last year.

Leave a comment Comments → 24
  1. I’ll just repost what I wrote a little earlier:

    We actually have two primetime games this season? Wow, that’s pretty good for the “worst team in NFL playoff history”.. Also, a lot of traveling in the first couple of games, or just in the season in general, it really sucks. Overall I think’s it’s an okay scedule, but man, this is going to be a really really tough year, certainly don’t see us ending up in the playoffs again, unless Clip Board Jesus decides to pull off a genuine miracle. In the end, I don’t care about the schedule, I just hope we get to play..

  2. Wow what a schedule! And with the first pick in the 2012 draft, the Seahawks select Andrew Luck QB Standford!

  3. guiltybystander says:

    Season? There’s going to be an NFL season?

    Whatever. I’ll watch prep and small college football this fall. No strikes or lockouts, $5 tickets, free parking and it’s still our best eleven versus your best eleven for four quarters to see who’s better. Works for me.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    I dunno Washington and Philly are winnable Atlanta is one i wont just give away and is a possibility. thats 3, Not going to buy into Cincy as an automatic loss either so maybe 4. hold court in the division and steal a divisional road game. Cleveland is a very possible win as well.
    Only home game i’m going to count as an automatic loss is the Ravens and thats because they are my early favorite to get to the Bowl and possibly take it all.

  5. At best, the Seahawks will be 9-7; at worst, 5-11.

    They need to get to the bye week with a 2-3 record or better. Please, PC, give us wins over San Fran and Pittsburgh to start the season.

  6. Check out the link I just posted in the earlier comments section (regarding Micheal Irvin’s comments on Seahawks)…

  7. I guess I’m a little link-happy right now, but also check this out.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6362871

    I was always pretty high on Ponder, especially if we trade down for a 3rd pick; however, this impressed me even more. Maybe a lot of you have seen it, but thought this was cool.

  8. At best they will be 16-0. At worst, 0-16. lol

  9. This schedule is a joke… You want proof the NFL caters to the East coast teams and pushes their favorites, check this out:

    We play 6 games in the Central and Atlantic time zones: 5 are 1:00 PM Kickoffs, @St Louis is the only 4:00 PM game.

    New England plays 10 games in the Atlantic time zone (not counting their 3 primetime games): Only 4 1:00 PM Kickoffs, 4 of their home games are 4:00 PM kickoffs and 2 road games on the East coast… why?

    On 3 different occasions, Weeks 2, 5, 9 Seattle plays a 1:00 PM kickoff while New England plays a late game in the Atlantic timezone. WTF is that about?

    It’s not just New England either, Philly and the NY Giants play a bunch of 4:00 PM games at home and on the road in the Atlantic timezone. Even Buffalo and Washington have two Atlantic timezone 4:00 PM games.

    If there is absolutely NO issue for East coast teams to play 4:00PM games, and all the West coast teams complain about 1:00PM games… why are they not scheduled that way? It seems like an easy fix, right? You make the West coast teams happy and the East coast teams don’t care.

    Unless there is an East coast bias in the NFL… hmm, where do all the largest fanbases exist? If winning improves team merchandise sales by 10% for example: If Seattle wins, they sell maybe thousands more jerseys… if say the NY Jets win, they sell maybe tens of thousands more jerseys…

    Hard to be a fan of this league… dammit I wish I didn’t NEED football right now…

  10. Maybe 6 wins

  11. pmjchawk says:

    “Ray Lewis” and I’m not inspired by this schedule. It’s got ugly written all over it.

  12. Yes, of course the NFL (read; Goodell) wants to stack the deck towards Big Market, East Coast teams. Most fans in the US are centered near the East Coast/Cal–thats where the money is. And time and again, Goodell has proven that he cares little for the integrity or history of the game–he only cares for increasing revenue.

    Thats why he’s so intent on getting an NFL franchise in LA, despite the fact that they have had a team 3 times in the last 25 years and each and every time that team left for lack of support. But all Goodell can see is the huge numbers of TV viewers in that area, and his eyes go starry with dollar signs.

    Another reason to cater the schedule as they have is to ensure teams like Seattle who go on the road dont have as much chance to knock off East Coast teams–we woulndt want an upset now would we?!

    But the biggest reason Goodell tweaks the schedule the way it is, is to ensure that the late-afternoon games feature Big Market teams, especially Big Market East Coast teams. Thus, in theory, greater viewer numbers, greater ratings, greater revenue. He could care less about an even playing field, fair competition, or the integrity of the game. As I said, time and again he has proven that he will do whatever he can to tilt the game in favor of big market teams. And this scheduling thing has become more and more lopsided since he took over.

    I wont even get into the way the Ref’s calls almost always go against the smaller market team…

    Still, at the end of the day, you have to be a team that can go out and kick butt on any given sunday, regardless of weather, opponent, stadium, or time. Only then can you be considered a true championship-caliber franchise.

  13. I hate weekday games. They suck have to Travel (3 1/2 hours for me)and take time off of work(and then go to work next day a zombie), Tailgating sucks because everyone is at work and the Gameday Crowds just don’t have the same energy as Sunday games.
    Sure it’s great feeling for the fans look Ma I’m at on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!
    The East coast Bias needs to stop with the 10 am BS, why dont we have a couple of 4PM West Coast times for some of the East coast teams let them fly home at a god awful time.
    Oh well what we gonna do besides complain

  14. Dukeshire says:

    For all the complaining about this schedule, Seattle has 3 home games in a row from Nov 27th to Dec 12th, which include an eleven day break between the Thursday night Eagle game and the Monday night Ram game. No team in the league gets a home stand and a nice break in play like that. And it comes toward the end of the season when time off is so important.

    And the other thing I don’t get are all the doomsday win totals. How the schedule looks in April, before the draft, before free agency, before any mini-camps or training camp or before a single game has been played has next to nothing to do with how it will be viewed as the season unfolds. Come in off the ledge everyone… it’s going to be okay.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    A 4p.m. Pacific time start would conflict with Sunday Night football.

    As for Monday Night Football. I for one, will be leaving work early Monday and will have taken Tuesday off. I think the game crowd has every bit the energy of a Sunday afternoon crowd. But I agree, the tailgating does suffer some.

  16. Idaho_MarinerSonicHawk says:

    Very tough schedule. Nice to see the Hawks pull two prime time games, though. Bad timing for a team that is trying to rebuild into dominance. I can see the Seahawks go 4-12 or even 3-11! It sounds bleak, but next year’s draft might be a better fit for the Hawks. If all the QB-needy teams take QB’s this year and the Hawks sit on their hands, that frees up a lot of space for the Hawks to pick a top-5 QB next year. (Luck isn’t guaranteed No.1 overall if a team like the Panthers or Bills or Bungles pick a QB and still finish last). Ironically, this might be what the Seahawks need. A really bad year and high pick for next year to go after Luck. We all saw what Bradford did for the Rams in one year. The Rams will most likely be favored to the NFC West because of him. That’s what the Hawks need, a clear-cut No.1 guy, Luck is that guy. This year’s crop of QB’s have SO many questions. Luck has none. High character, great arm, accuracy, speed. Dude might be the next Elway.

    Kind of makes me think what would have been if the Seahawks didn’t pick Curry and went with Sanchez instead.

  17. Thanks for the links, rgbuckl. I like what Irvin had to say, though he doesn’t know any more than you and I regarding the Seahawks.

    As for Ponder, I’d be happy to get him in the second round. His accuracy is a big plus. I’d take him over Locker.

    Duke, you’re right. No point in getting worried about the schedule now. Some of those “tough” teams will turn into patsies and vice versa. It happens every year.

  18. Can anyone tell me why we have to play @ Dallas 3 out of the last 4 years, yet they don’t come here to play? I guess I don’t understand the logic there.

  19. Because Romo has nightmares of Qwest…..the snap is good, the hold is….not…run!

  20. The only thing the sucks on our schedule is the early starts, as someone said earlier, 24th worst is 9th easisest. The Rams, now they got a rough schedule, they’ll probably start out 0-7. The Niners are the ones we are going to have to watch out for, the look to have a pretty easy road to start off with.

  21. kgoulet15 says:

    What happened to rotating schedules?? Last time we played the AFC North (2007), we played at Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and played Baltimore and Cincy at home. I was hoping to see the Steelers at Qwest this year.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    TruBlu – “as someone said earlier, 24th worst is 9th easisest” It was mrbaileyboy who said: ” isn’t the 24th hardest schedule the same as the 7th easiest schedule?” In either case I ask, what the hell does that even mean?? And how is it relevant to how the 2011 Seattle Seahawks might fare?

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