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


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

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.