Just call them the ready-for-primetime Seahawks. Finally, and all it took was winning the Super Bowl last season.
But also call them Road Warriors, because three of the Seahawks’ four primetime games during the 2014 regular season will be played on the road, the NFL announced Wednesday when the entire league schedule was revealed during a – what else – primetime special on the NFL Network.
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The Super Bowl champion Seahawks will kick off the 2014 season on Thursday night, Sept. 4, by hosting the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. But the Seahawks’ other nationally televised primetime games include a “Monday Night Football” matchup with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Oct. 6; a Thanksgiving night game against the San Francisco 49ers at their new stadium in Santa Clara on Nov. 27; and a Sunday night game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Dec. 21.
To the victor go the spoils? Not when it comes to primetime games at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks are 15-1 the past two seasons and their 12th Man fans broke the Guinness Book of World Records for “loudest crowd cheer” twice last season.
The quartet of primetime games, however, ties for the second most in franchise history. The Seahawks had five primetime games in 2006, the season after their first appearance in a Super Bowl. They also played four primetime games last season. They have played three primetime games seven times – 1985-87, 1990, 1999 and 2011-12.
The Seahawks went their first three seasons (1976-78) without a primetime appearance and also were overlooked in 1982-83 and 2009-10.
But the segment of the schedule that likely will determine whether the Seahawks repeat as NFC West champions comes in the final three weeks – when the Seahawks have home games against the division rival 49ers (Dec. 14) and St. Louis Rams (Dec. 28) sandwiched around the Sunday night game against the Cardinals in Arizona.
This will be the fourth time in five seasons that the Seahawks have closed the regular season with a home game against the Rams. The Seahawks clinched the division title with Week 17 victories over the Rams in 2010 and 2013.
Another telling segment of the schedule comes in Weeks 7 and 8, when the Seahawks will play back-to-back road games against the Rams in St. Louis and defending NFC South champion Panthers in Charlotte. The Seahawks won at St. Louis and Carolina last season, but scored 14 and 12 points in doing it – the lowest point totals in their 13 regular-season victories.
The lone home game during that stretch? A Dec. 14 game against the 49ers.
The Seahawks will play back-to-back home games only once – Weeks 9 and 10 against the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants.
The rest of the Seahawks’ home schedule includes the Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 12) and Cardinals (Nov. 23). They also have road games against the San Diego Chargers (Sept. 14) and Kansas City Chiefs (Nov. 16).
The Seahawks’ bye comes in Week 4 (Sept. 28).