Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks got one prime-time home game due to 'recent blowouts'

The Seahawks will start the 2014 campaign on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers on NBC in their first of four nationally televised games during the season.

However, the other three prime-time games will be played away from CenturyLink Field and a new report says that’s because of the Seahawks track-record of blowing out teams in Seattle.

Per Pro Football Talk:

According to a league source, the NFL was wary of putting Seahawks home games on in prime-time due to their track record of blowouts in nationally televised games played in Seattle the last several seasons.

The last three prime-time games in Seattle were against the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.

In 2012, the Seahawks beat San Francisco 42-13 then beat them 29-3 the following year, both on Sunday Night Football. They beat the Saints last year 34-7 on Monday Night Football.

So to avoid having that happen again, the league simply forced the Seahawks to play on the road in nationally televised games.

After the Packers, the Seahawks next prime-time game is against the Washington Redskins in Week 5 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Then they play the 49ers on Thanksgiving night on NBC and their final nationally televised game is on the road in Arizona to take on the Cardinals in Week 16 on Sunday Night Football.


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  • Vvait Fang

    Although it’ll be great to see the Packers start the season off avenging the Fail Mary against Seattle, :) …. if this analysis is true, it seems totally unfair! Why punish a team for winning? But don’t worry, Seahawk fans, after the thrashing by the Packers is over, this punishment will not be needed in the future.

    • Raymond

      Packers suck. They were sacrificed by the NFL

      • FesterFoot43

        Packers can’t win with Rogers on his back.

      • Vvait Fang

        tsk tsk… foolish statement, with no backup to it. But with Peppers joining the mix, along with the expected improvements by Datone Jones and the rest of the D-line in Green Bay, its going to be Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson who’ll be “sacrificed”, and on their backs.

        • johntheonly

          Foolish statement? At least with 8 sacks against Rogers in the Pack’s last appearance vs Seattle, Hawks’ fans could be proclaiming domination over a certain Wisconsin-based team, but we rarely do that-instead we say things like: “Wilson and Lynch had pretty good games against Green Bay and unless the matchups are radically changed, there is no reason to think Seattle matches up well next time.” Bragging about an inferior team only makes one appear uninformed.

          • Vvait Fang

            Packers “lost??” due to the Fail Mary miscall, AND due to a inexperienced defense somewhat early in the year. That D managed to radically improve later in the year, and should be in much much better shape for next year. Raji back in his natural spot, and Peppers joining the mix, together with the expected emergence of Datone Jones should prove to be enough to validate what I said. That would radically change some of those matchups. We may disagree, but I always prefer to discuss/argue with someone like you who makes valid points, and not knee-jerk, mindless statements. :)

    • johntheonly

      It sounds like the Packers are improving, but still a little behind the curve. When the Seahawks played at Chicago last year, Peppers was a non factor……I expect that he will continue to be that against Seattle this year…go Hawks.