The Seahawks five toughest games in 2016
By Dan Viens
While at first glance the Seahawks 2016 schedule doesn’t look as daunting as last year’s, it does feature a number of huge challenges. We rank the top five toughest games the Hawks will have this year.
In 2015 there were cries of conspiracy after the NFL schedule-makers released the lineup of games for the Seahawks. Opening with two games on the road, at former house of horrors Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis followed by a visit to Lambeau Field and the always tough Packers. We all know the result; an 0-2 start that the team struggled to overcome all season.
This year’s schedule looks more forgiving up front, with the team likely to be favored in their first six matchups. There are, however, some daunting games on the docket, particularly down the stretch.
Here, ranked from fifth to first, are what promise to be the Seahawks five toughest games in 2016:
#5: AT Green Bay, Sunday – December 11th
A return trip to Lambeau, this time in December where the frozen tundra might actually be frozen. Once again the Packers look like a team with some flaws, but still possessing the ability to be among the league’s elite.
Last year, a short-handed Seattle team (missing Kam Chancellor in a contract dispute) couldn’t hold a third quarter lead and fell to the Pack 27-17.
Getting Jordy Nelson back this year makes Aaron Rodgers better, and running back Eddie Lacy is reportedly in the proverbial “best shape of his life”. Just how good Green Bay will be by week 14 will depend on how improved their defense is.
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