The NFL announced its regular season schedule for the 2013 season today. Its two days later than when the league originally said it was going to be released, but I’m not sure anyone actually noticed.
|1||@ Carolina Panthers, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|2||San Francisco 49ers, SNF on NBC|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:25 PST, CBS|
|4||@ Houston Texans, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|5||@ Indianapolis Colts, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|6||Tennessee Titans, 1:05 PM PST, CBS|
|7||@ Arizona Cardinals, Thursday Night Football|
|8||@ St. Louis Rams, Monday Night Football|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:05 PM PST, FOX|
|10||@ Atlanta Falcons, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|11||Minnesota Vikings, 1:25 PM PST, FOX|
|13||New Orleans Saints, Monday Night Football|
|14||@ San Francisco 49ers, 1:25 PM PST, FOX|
|15||@ New York Giants, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|16||Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 PM PST, FOX|
|17||St. Louis Rams, 1:25 PM PST, FOX|
None of this should be a huge surprise. The home and road opponents have been known since the the 2012 season ended. The only thing new information here is the order in which the games are played, when the bye week is, and what games are slated for prime time.
Speaking of prime time games, the Seahawks have four games in prime time this year, which seems about right. (This also matches my prediction of four regular season games in prime time.) Prime Time games include Thursday against the Cardinals, a Sunday night game against the 49ers, and two Monday night games, one verses the Saints and the other at the Rams.
As for the bye week, it’s in week 12 this year. Good teams like the Seahawks tend to benefit most from late season bye weeks to help them get healthy for a playoff run. Young and rebuilding teams benefit most from early season bye weeks, since the extra practice time allows for the correction of flaws and mistakes.
The only other thing I should probably add is that we all need to mark weeks 2 and 14 on our calendars. The match-ups with the 49ers are shaping up to be absolutely epic this season.