Take a peek at some of the exciting matchups the Seahawks will face at home 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're taking a closer look at each of the club's regular-season matchups.
Our 2015 schedule series started Wednesday with a closer look at Weeks 1-4 and continued Thursday with Weeks 5-8. Today we examine Weeks 9-13, when after the bye the Seahawks will play three straight home games against the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and Pittsburgh Steelers before hitting the road for a game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Week 9: BYE WEEK
When: Sunday, Nov. 8
What It Means: Seattle will enter the bye week after playing three of four games on the road. The club will come out on the other end with three straight games at home, something the Seahawks haven't experienced since the 2011 season.
Worth Noting: Seattle will enjoy the NFL's second-latest bye week in 2015 and it comes at the exact half-way point of the year, with the Seahawks playing eight games before the bye and eight games after it. In 2014, the League dealt Seattle the earliest possible bye week (Week 4).
Week 10: vs Arizona Cardinals (Sunday Night Football)
When: Sunday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m. PT, NBC
Where: CenturyLink Field
Last Time: The Seahawks took care of the Cardinals twice last season - a 19-3 win at home and 35-6 win at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals were without starting quarterback Carson Palmer both times, going with backup Drew Stanton during the meeting in Seattle and third-stringer Ryan Lindley in the game at Arizona.
What It Means: It's Seattle's first of two games against the NFC West rival, with the other coming in Week 17 at Arizona. Since 2012, the Cardinals are one of two teams to top Seattle at CenturyLink Field. But this game comes in primetime, when the Seahawks are 8-0 at home under Pete Carroll. Bruce Arians has coached the Cardinals to 10-plus wins the past two seasons and last year battled Seattle for position at the top of the division. Arians' club ultimately secured a spot in the playoffs as a wild-card, watching the Seahawks win the NFC West.
Worth Noting: Palmer, who's 2014 season ended after six games because of a torn ACL, should return to the Cardinals' starting quarterback role this fall.
Week 11: vs San Francisco 49ers
When: Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:25 p.m. PT, FOX
Where: CenturyLink Field
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: The 49ers look a lot different than they did a year ago and Seahawks fans will take notice when the club visits Seattle. The Niners replaced head coach Jim Harbaugh with Jim Tomsula, lost linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement, and saw running back Frank Gore and wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Steve Johnson depart in free agency. But the team still features a familiar face at quarterback in Colin Kaepernick and he'll look to keep the rivalry alive against a Seahawks team that has won five of the last six meetings (including playoffs) between the two sides.
Worth Noting: It wasn't all departures for the 49ers this offseason. The team added wide receiver Torrey Smith from the Baltimore Ravens and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett from the Cardinals.
Week 12: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Sunday, Nov. 29, 1:25 p.m. PT, CBS
Where: CenturyLink Field
Last Time: The last two meetings between the Seahawks and Steelers have both come in Pittsburgh and took place during the 2007 and 2011 seasons. The Steelers won both games by a combined score of 45-0.
What It Means: Not a single player from the Seahawks' 2005 team is still on the roster today, but some 12s will surely view this game as a rematch of a Super Bowl that left a sour taste. The Steelers beat the Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL at Detroit's Ford Field.
Worth Noting: On Wednesday, Seattle general manager John Schneider said the Steelers were one of two teams he and coach Pete Carroll hoped to model the Seahawks after when they started to build this roster together in 2010. The other was the Ravens, a team that has held a fierce and physical rivalry with the Steelers and a club the Seahawks will meet on the road in Week 14.
Week 13: at Minnesota Vikings
When: Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. PT, FOX
Where: TCF Bank Stadium
Last Time: The Seahawks hosted the Vikings at CenturyLink Field during the 2013 season, securing a 41-20 win.
What It Means: After the Week 9 bye and playing three straight games at home, a trip to Minnesota represents Seattle's first road game in more than a month. It's the final early kickoff for the Seahawks as well, as the team's final four games either come in primetime or during the afternoon time slots.
Worth Noting: With the Vikings' new stadium expected to open in July 2016, this year's games will be played outdoors at University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium as opposed to indoors at the Metrodome, which was demolished this past January. As a result, you can expect game-time temperatures to be at or below freezing.