The Seattle Seahawks were once again in the playoffs in 2016; 2017 will have a difficult schedule; at least, the NFC West does not look good overall
The Seattle Seahawks had one less home game than they wanted to last season. With a win over the Arizona Cardinals – any win at all over the Cardinals, that is – the Seahawks could have very easily been playing the Atlanta Falcons at home in the playoffs. Home field advantage is extremely important to all NFL teams. That said, CenturyLink is the lifeblood that has carried the current makeup of the Seahawks to unparalleled franchise success.
This year’s home schedule is favorable on paper. The road schedule is much tougher.
These are the home and away opponents for the Seahawks:
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Houston, Indianapolis and Atlanta
Away: Arizona, Rams, San Francisco, Dallas, New York Giants, Tennessee, Jacksonville and Green Bay
We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 #NFLSchedule!
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 21, 2017
This is the weekly schedule with opponent, date, time and TV channel (* denotes prime time game):
Week 1: Green Bay Packers (away), Sunday September 10th at 1:25 pm PT (FOX)
Week 2: San Francisco 49ers (home), Sunday September 17th at 1:25 pm PT (FOX)
Week 3: Tennessee Titans (away), Sunday September 24th at 1:05 pm PT (FOX)
Week 4: Indianapolis Colts (home), Sunday October 1st at 5:30 pm PT (NBC)*
Week 5: Los Angeles Rams (away), Sunday October 8th at 1:05 pm PT (CBS)
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: New York Giants (away), Sunday October 22nd at 1:25 pm PT (CBS)
Week 8: Houston Texans (home), Sunday October 29th at 1:05 pm PT (CBS)
Week 9: Washington Redskins (home), Sunday November 5th at 1:05 pm PT (FOX)
Week 10: Arizona Cardinals (away), Thursday November 9th at 5:25 pm PT (NBC/Amazon)*
Week 11: Atlanta Falcons (home), Monday November 20th at 5:30 pm PT (ESPN)*
Week 12: San Francisco 49ers (away), Sunday November 26th at 1:05 pm PT (FOX)
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles (home), Sunday December 3rd at 5:30 pm PT (NBC)*
Week 14: Jacksonville Jaguars (away), Sunday December 10th at 10 am (FOX)
Week 15: Los Angeles Rams (home), Sunday December 17th at 1:05 pm PT (FOX)
Week 16: Dallas Cowboys (away), Sunday December 24th at 1:25 pm PT (FOX)
Week 17: Arizona Cardinals (home), Sunday December 31st at 1:25 pm PT (FOX)
Two short thoughts
That is four prime time games for the Seahawks. Three coming in a four week span.
The Seahawks will play a lot of 2016 playoff teams. Not all of those teams will be as good, of course. Still, going to Green Bay and Dallas can be expected to be tough ones. Tennessee should also be better. Jacksonville might possibly improve one of these years as well. The Giants can be better than in 2016. If the Seahawks can go 4-4 on the road, they should get in the playoffs, though.