The NFL's annual schedule release came around again, as Thursday debuted Seattle's year ahead. In 2023, the Seahawks will play three primetime games, including their first-ever Thanksgiving game at home vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Here are ten opponents to watch for, including some familiar faces, as they visit Lumen Field this upcoming season.
Aaron Donald & Michael Hoecht: Los Angeles Rams (Week 1)
Seahawks fans might not like watching Donald play against their team, but there is something to be said for seeing a future Hall of Famer in person, and Donald truly is one of the best to do it at his position. And Donald isn't the only disruptive interior lineman the Seahawks will bring to Seattle this fall. In March, the Rams picked up the Exclusive Restricted Free Agent (ERFA) tender on defensive tackle Michael Hoecht. On the year, the Brown University alum racked up 4.5 sacks - three of which came in two contests against Seattle. In Week 12's 27-23 loss to the Seahawks, Hoecht forced his only fumble of the year on quarterback Geno Smith.
Bryce Young: Carolina Panthers (Week 3)
Week 3's home matchup against the Carolina Panthers welcomes 2023 No. 1 draft pick quarterback Bryce Young to Lumen Field. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner comes in as one of the most-decorated college quarterbacks of recent years, winning a national championship in 2020 and the Manning, Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards in 2021. After foregoing his senior year for the NFL, Young will look to make his 8300-plus passing yards and 80 touchdowns translate to the next level. It'll be no small task for Seattle to contain the highly-touted rookie, who can win with his arm and legs.
Kyler Murray: Arizona Cardinals (Week 7)
Week 7 sees another former No.1 overall selection come to Lumen Field at quarterback - Kyler Murray. Murray is coming off an ACL injury and will be looking to come back strong in 2023. Playing only 11 games, the fifth-year veteran was sacked a career-low 25 times in 2022, but faced his most pressure against Seattle. After being sacked five times in a 38-30 loss to Seattle to end the 2021 season, Murray was sacked 11 times in two matchups in 2022.
After being sacked six times and held without a passing touchdown in Seattle's 19-9 Week 6 win, Murray was brought down five more times in Week 9's rematch. The Oklahoma alum will come to Seattle trying to end a three-game losing streak against the Seahawks.
Marquise Goodwin: Cleveland Browns (Week 8)
After helping lift the Seahawks to the playoffs in 2022 as a productive No. 3 receiver, wideout Marquise Goodwin signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns in free agency. In 13 games with Seattle, Goodwin tied a career-high of four receiving touchdowns, catching 27 passes for 387 yards.
Speed kills, and Seattle will do it's best to prevent the Olympic track star from beating the defense over the top when the Browns visit in Week 8.
Cody Barton & Emmanuel Forbes: Washington Commanders (Week 10)
After four seasons in Seattle, linebacker Cody Barton signed with the Washington Commanders in free agency. After playing primarily on special teams during his first three seasons, Seattle's 2019 third-round selection was thrust into a starting role in 2022. The former Utah Ute accumulated 136 combined tackles, along with 2.0 sacks, two interceptions and six passes defensed.
Barton returns to Lumen Field in Week 10 in an opposing jersey for the first time, as he looks to help Washington strengthen their front-seven.
Commanders rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes has made just as many headlines for his weight at the 2023 NFL Combine (166 pounds) as he has for being an absolute ballhawk at Mississippi State. From 2020 to 2022, Forbes led all cornerbacks across the country in interceptions with 14, while setting an FBS record with six takeaways returned for a score.
Christian McCaffrey: San Francisco 49ers (Week 12)
Last October, the San Francisco 49ers pulled off a blockbuster trade to land running back Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers. In two matchups against Seattle, McCaffrey accumulated two 100-yard rushing games, as well as eight combined receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Seattle will look to exact its revenge on the versatile back, who is now a yearly divisional foe for the foreseeable future.
Jalen Hurts: Philadelphia Eagles (Week 15)
After falling short 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Eagles are looking to take the final step in 2023. In Week 15, the Eagles will travel to Lumen Field looking to end a seven-game losing streak against Seattle. In 2020, the Eagles fell 23-17 against the Seahawks, as rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts completed his lone pass attempt for 6 yards. Hurts' role will certainly be different this time as he is coming off a 2022 All-Pro campaign and offseason extension that made him the highest-paid player in league history.
Kenny Pickett: Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 17)
Last year's welcome-to-the-NFL moment for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett was his game-winning drive in the Steelers 31-25 preseason victory over Seattle. The University of Pittsburgh alum comes into his second year looking to improve on a 2,404-yard passing year with seven touchdowns through the air.
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
We utilized artificial intelligence to help us visualize our 2023 schedule. Single-game tickets are on sale now at seahawks.com/tickets.