The NFL announced its 2023 schedule on Thursday, a slate of games that for the Seahawks includes an opener at home against the Rams, three games in primetime, and the first Thanksgiving game at home in franchise history.
Here are some thoughts and observations on all 17 games:
Week 1 vs. L.A. Rams, September 10, 1:25 p.m., FOX
The Seahawks open at home for the second straight year, and it's their first opener against an NFC West opponent since a Week 1 game in St. Louis in 2015. The Rams, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back from a tough 2022 season in which they went 5-12 after winning the Super Bowl the previous season.
Week 2 at Detroit Lions, September 17, 10 a.m., FOX
The Seahawks return to the site of a thrilling victory a season ago. Will they bring a gift basket for the team that, with a Week 18 win over the Packers, helped send Seattle to the playoffs last season? After winning nine games with a young team and just missing the playoffs last season, the Lions look to be a dangerous NFC foe in 2023.
Week 3 vs. Carolina Panthers, September 24, 1:05 p.m., CBS
No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young will presumably be leading the Panthers offense when Carolina makes its fifth trip to Seattle since 2015, postseason included.
Week 4 at N.Y. Giants, Monday, October 2, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
The first of three prime-time games on Seattle's schedule is also the first of seven games against a 2022 playoff team. The Seahawks have fond memories of MetLife Stadium, having won five straight games there dating back to 2011—three over the Giants, one over the Jets, and most significantly, Super Bowl XLVIII over the Broncos.
Week 5: BYE
This is the Seahawks' earliest bye week since the 2016 season, but on a positive note, the timing of it means Seattle won't have to play on a short week after an east coast Monday night game.
Week 6 at Cincinnati Bengals, October 15, 10 a.m., CBS
The Bengals are a much different team than the one the Seahawks last faced in 2019, having won 12 games last season after going to the Super Bowl the year before. This game will feature two of the NFL's best receiving corps, among other interesting matchups.
Week 7 vs. Arizona Cardinals, October 22, 1:05 p.m., FOX
This NFC West matchup kicks off the only stretch of back-to-back home games on this year's schedule. The Seahawks will be looking to extend a three-game winning streak in this series.
Week 8 vs. Cleveland Browns, October 29, 1:05 p.m., FOX
The last time Cleveland played in Seattle, Christine Michael was the game's leading rusher, while Seahawks Legends Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin helped power the passing game… So yeah, it's been a while. The Browns will come to town looking for their first win in Seattle since 1989.
Week 9 at Baltimore Ravens, November 5, 10 a.m., CBS
An intriguing matchup of teams with playoff aspirations, this game features, among other things, two of the top receivers from this year's draft, Seattle's Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the 20th overall pick, and Baltimore's Zay Flowers, who was selected one pick later. Seattle's last trip to Baltimore resulted in a dominant win in 2015.
Week 10 vs. Washington Commanders, November 12, 1:25 p.m., FOX
This has been an evenly-matched series in recent years, with the two teams splitting six games during the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era. The most recent matchup saw Seattle lose a close game in Washington in 2021, while the last game in Seattle came in 2017, another close Washington win.
Week 11 at L.A. Rams, November 19, 1:25 p.m., CBS
The Seahawks won both their games at SoFi Stadium last year, beating both the Chargers and the Rams, and they'll hope to continue that success in L.A. as they kick off a stretch of four road games in six weeks.
Week 12 vs. San Francisco 49ers, Thursday, November 23, 5:20 p.m., NBC
For the first time in franchise history, the Seahawks will host a game on Thanksgiving, and it comes against the team they last faced on this holiday, having won in Santa Clara in 2014. The Seahawks hope to have closed the gap on last year's NFC West champs, and if they have succeeded in that, this game will provide a prime-time opportunity to show it.
Week 13 at Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, November 30, 5:15 p.m., Prime Video
In another first, the Seahawks will play on consecutive Thursday nights, traveling to Dallas to face another NFC contender. The Seahawks have enjoyed recent success against Dallas, having won the past four regular-season meetings, but the Cowboys have bragging rights in the form of a playoff victory following the 2018 season.
Week 14 at San Francisco 49ers, December 10, 1:05 p.m., FOX
Seattle's second game against the 49ers in 18 days, this stretch of the season could go a long way towards deciding the NFC West.
Week 15 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 17, 1:25 p.m., FOX
The defending NFC champs come to town looking to end a long losing streak to the Seahawks. Seattle has won seven straight over the Eagles dating back to 2011, including one playoff win in Philadelphia,
Week 16 at Tennessee Titans, December 24, 10 a.m., CBS
The Titans have been contenders in the AFC South for years, and under head coach Mike Vrabel they figure to once again be both a challenging and physical matchup for Seattle. One area of intrigue with this game is whether Ryan Tannehill is still the starting quarterback, or if rookie Will Levis, who surprisingly fell out of the first round and to Tennessee early in Round 2, will take over the job.
Week 17 vs Pittsburgh Steelers, December 31, 1:05 p.m., FOX
While the Seahawks have played at Pittsburgh twice in recent years, splitting games in 2019 and 2021, this is just the third trip to Seattle for the Steelers this century, having played in Seattle in 2003 and then again in 2015, both games won by the Seahawks.
Week 18 at Arizona Cardinals, Date, Time and TV TBD
For the second time in three years, the Seahawks close out the season in Arizona, a place where they've posted an 8-1-1 record against the Cardinals dating back to 2013. As was the case last season, this game could be played on a Saturday or a Sunday.
WEEK 3 · TBD
Green Bay Packers
WEEK 2 · Sun 09/17 · 10:00 AM PDT
WEEK 4 · Mon 10/02 · 5:15 PM PDT
New York Giants
Week 5 - BYE
WEEK 6 · Sun 10/15 · 10:00 AM PDT
WEEK 9 · Sun 11/05 · 10:00 AM PST
WEEK 11 · Sun 11/19 · 1:25 PM PST
Los Angeles Rams
WEEK 13 · Thu 11/30 · 5:15 PM PST
WEEK 14 · Sun 12/10 · 1:05 PM PST
San Francisco 49ers
WEEK 16 · Sun 12/24 · 10:00 AM PST
WEEK 18 · TBD
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