A look at the Seattle Seahawks 2015 schedule in photos.
Throughout the rest of this week, we'll take a closer look at each of the club's regular-season matchups. Our 2015 schedule series starts today with Weeks 1-4, when the Seahawks will open the season with back-to-back road games against the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers before returning home for back-to-back tilts against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.
Week 1: at St. Louis Rams
When: Sunday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. PT, FOX
Where: Edward Jones Dome
Last Time: The Seahawks closed the 2014 regular season with a 20-6 win over the Rams at CenturyLink Field. Earlier in the year, St. Louis got the best of Seattle, 28-26, with some special teams trickery at the Edward Jones Dome.
What It Means: The NFC West rival Rams have played the Seahawks tough in recent years, with the past three games in St. Louis having each been decided by six points or less, two of which the Rams have won. The Rams' pass rush has man-handled Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson since he entered the League in 2012 and the unit got better this offseason, adding former Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley in free agency.
Worth Noting: St. Louis features a new starting signal caller in Nick Foles. The Rams parted ways with former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford as part of the deal to acquire Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Week 2: at Green Bay Packers (Sunday Night Football)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. PT, NBC
Where: Lambeau Field
Last Time: The Seahawks dispatched the Packers 36-16 in the Thursday night NFL opener last season and again in thrilling fashion during the NFC Championship game, 28-22, this past January. But both of those games were played at CenturyLink Field. This will be the Seahawks' first regular-season trip to Green Bay since 2009, when Seattle lost 48-10.
What It Means: The Seahawks get one of their toughest road games out of the way early. Like the Seahawks, the Packers won their division last year with a 12-4 record, and if not for one of the greatest come-from-behind wins in postseason history by Seattle would have found themselves in Super Bowl XLIX.
Worth Noting: Seattle's visit to Green Bay will come when Lambeau Field's "Frozen Tundra" isn't likely to be very frozen. A September game will showcase considerably warmer weather than matchups held later in the season, when the temperature has been known to fall to minus-13 degrees.
Week 3: vs Chicago Bears
When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:25 p.m. PT, CBS
Where: CenturyLink Field
Last Time: A 23-17 Seahawks overtime victory at Soldier Field, a game that coaches and players have cited as a maturation point for Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback displayed some late-game heroics, tossing the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Sidney Rice with less than eight minutes to play in extra time.
What It Means: The Seahawks' first home game of the year comes in the season's third week for the first time since 2011, which marked the last time Seattle opened the year with back-to-back games on the road.
Worth Noting: Even though this will be the fourth time the Seahawks have played the Bears under head coach Pete Carroll, you'd have to go back to before Carroll's reign in Seattle to find the last time the Bears played in the Pacific Northwest. Chicago's last visit to CenturyLink Field came in 2009 when the Seahawks were under the direction of head coach Jim Mora. The Bears won that game, 25-19.
Week 4: vs Detroit Lions (Monday Night Football)
When: Monday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Where: CenturyLink Field
Last Time: The Lions got the best of the Seahawks during the 2012 season when quarterback Matthew Stafford tossed four touchdowns en route to a 28-24 victory at Ford Field. The Lions' game-winning score came with 20 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
What It Means: The team's second primetime matchup in the season's first four weeks will be highlighted by the return of wide receiver Golden Tate to CenturyLink Field. After spending his first four seasons in Seattle, Tate signed in Detroit as a free agent following the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII championship season. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2014 - his first year with the Lions, catching 99 balls for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns opposite All-Pro/Pro Bowl wideout Calvin Johnson.
Worth Noting: The Seahawks won't need to worry about facing defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, as the premiere pass rusher signed with the Miami Dolphins in free agency this offseason.