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A closer look at the Seahawks 2015 schedule: Weeks 5-8

Find out what's worth noting when the Seahawks face the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys in Weeks 5-8 of the 2015 regular season.

Take a peek at the stadiums the 12s can cheer on their Seattle Seahawks on the road during the 2015 season.

The Seahawks' 2015 schedule was officially released on Tuesday and it features a franchise-record five primetime games. Throughout this week, we'll take a closer look at each of the club's regular-season matchups.

Our 2015 schedule series started yesterday with a closer look at Weeks 1-4 and continues today with Weeks 5-8, when the Seahawks will play road games against the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys, and one game under their own roof against the Carolina Panthers.

Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals 

When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. PT, FOX

Where: Paul Brown Stadium

Last Time: A 34-12 Bengals win in 2011 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field that saw then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and then-rookie wideout A.J. Green connect for a first half touchdown. The Seahawks were facing a 17-12 deficit midway through the fourth quarter, but a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown and 75-yard pick six sealed the deal for Cincinnati down the stretch.

What It Means: After playing two games at home against the Chicago Bears (Week 3) and Detroit Lions (Week 4), the Bengals mark the start of a four-game stretch ahead of the Week 9 bye that has the Seahawks playing three games away from CenturyLink Field.

Worth Noting: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recorded his first career interception in that 2011 game against the Bengals, picking off the fellow first-year pro Dalton on a pass intended for another first-year pro in Green. Sherman's 24 career picks are the most in the NFL since 2011.

Week 6: vs Carolina Panthers

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. PT, FOX

Where: CenturyLink Field

Last Time: The Seahawks met the Panthers twice last year - once in the regular season and once in the postseason. Seattle won both matchups, a 13-9 road game in Week 8 and a 31-17 home game in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

What It Means: Carolina marks Seattle's last home game until Week 10 (Nov. 15), when the club returns from its bye to play three games in a row at CenturyLink Field.

Worth Noting: It will be the fifth time in head coach Pete Carroll's six seasons with the Seahawks that his team will play the Panthers. The previous three games have been played at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium, each of which Seattle won by five points or less with neither side putting up more than 16 points.

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday Night Football)

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:25 p.m. PT, CBS

Where: Levi's Stadium

Last Time: The Seahawks topped the NFC West rival Niners twice in a three-week span last season - a 19-3 Thanksgiving night game at Levi's Stadium, which was the Seahawks first road win against the 49ers since 2008, and in a 17-7 December game at CenturyLink Field that knocked San Francisco from playoff contention.

What It Means: It will be the third time in the past four seasons that the Seahawks will travel to the Bay Area on a short week to face the Niners on a Thursday night. Seattle won last year's Thursday night matchup on Thanksgiving night, but dropped a 13-6 Thursday night meeting in 2012.

Worth Noting: The 49ers are the only one of the Seahawks' franchise-record five primetime opponents that did not quality for the postseason last year.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

When: Sunday, Nov. 1, 1:25 p.m. PT, FOX

Where: AT&T Stadium

Last Time: The Cowboys were the only team to beat the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field last season, a 30-23 setback that saw eventual 2014 rushing champion DeMarco Murray rack up 115 yards and score what amounted to the game-winning touchdown.

What It Means: Dallas won the NFC East last year with a 12-4 record and on paper the team represents one of the tougher challenges the Seahawks will face in the first half of the season. It's Seattle's final game before its Week 9 bye and if history is any indication it will be difficult to depart Dallas with a W. The Seahawks have lost four of their last five regular-season games against the Cowboys and haven't won at the home of "America's Team" since 2002.

Worth Noting: Murray, who was one of just two players to rush for 100-plus yards against Seattle last year, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency this offseason. And the NFL recently suspended Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy for the first 10 games of the season. If Hardy's suspension holds, he'll miss the Cowboys' Week 8 game against the Seahawks.


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