Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette celebrates with fullback Michael Robinson (26) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) during Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks have 6th-toughest schedule in NFL for 2014


Fresh off their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history, the Seahawks are already looking ahead to next season.

Repeating as the NFL’s No. 1 team is not going to be an easy task, however — the Seahawks have the sixth-toughest schedule in the NFL for the 2014 season.

They also have the third-toughest road schedule.

The Seahawks finished the 2013 season 6-2 on the road, a significant improvement over the 3-5 road-campaign they had in 2012.

In 2014, the Seahawks will have to visit the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and Carolina Panthers.

Five of those teams made the postseason in 2013 and they combined to post a .578 winning percentage last year.

The Seahawks home schedule is a little easier, but not by much. They will play the Cardinals, 49ers, Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII.

Overall, the Seahawks opponents for next year posted a .561 winning percentage during the 2013 campaign.

The Raiders have the NFL’s toughest schedule (.578) while the Indianapolis Colts have the weakest (.430).

Here are the rankings, with the toughest schedule in top, for all 32 NFL teams, via NFL.com:

1. Oakland Raiders .578
2. Denver Broncos .570
3. St. Louis Rams .564
4. San Diego Chargers .563
San Francisco 49ers .563
6. Seattle Seahawks .561
7. Kansas City Chiefs .559
8. Arizona Cardinals .547
9. New York Jets .520
10. New England Patriots .516
11. Atlanta Falcons .512
12. Miami Dolphins .508
13. Green Bay Packers .504
14. Buffalo Bills .500
15. Chicago Bears .496
16. Detroit Lions .492
17. Washington Redskins .490
18. Dallas Cowboys .488
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers .484
20. Philadelphia Eagles .479
21. Minnesota Vikings .477
22. Carolina Panthers .473
23. Cincinnati Bengals .469
New Orleans Saints .469
Pittsburgh Steelers .469
26. Cleveland Browns .465
New York Giants .465
28. Baltimore Ravens .461
29. Jacksonville Jaguars .453
30. Houston Texans .441
31. Tennessee Titans .438
32. Indianapolis Colts .430

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