The Seattle Seahawks 2021 schedule was announced on Wednesday. Seattle faces a tough four game stretch between weeks four and seven. The rest of the schedule, especially the end, should play out well for Seattle but then if Seattle doesn’t do well before week 8, the season might already have gone south.
According to Seahawks.com, Seattle will start with two AFC South games and then play the Vikings who the Seahawks have beaten a bunch of times in a row. In week 8 Seattle will play the Jaguars who won one game in 2020. Sure the Jags should be better this coming season but they won’t be that much better.
Seattle’s bye week comes in week 9, nearly exactly halfway through the year. But weeks four through seven could be rough and this is how that stretch looks.
Seahawks toughest four game stretch in 2021
Week four on October 3rd at the 49ers at 1:05 pm PT
San Francisco is going to be better this year simply because they will be healthier. The 49ers impressive pass rush was neutered early in 2020 because of players getting hurt and with little pass rush teams could throw against them. Russell Wilson was brilliant against San Francisco last year throwing 6 touchdown passes and no interceptions last year but was sacked four times in two games. This will probably change in 2021.
Week five on October 7th on Thursday Night Football at home versus the Rams
So, not only do the Seahawks seemingly always struggle against the Rams, the first time Seattle will face Los Angeles in 2021 they will do so on short rest. The Seahawks will go from the 49ers on the road to the playing the Rams four days later. That is not a promising combination.
Week six on October 17th on Sunday Night Football at the Steelers at 5:20 pm PT
The Steelers have a defense that will give the Seahawks issues. Lots of pressure on Russell Wilson will disrupt the offense – an offense just trying to find its way under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron – and the Steelers will blitz and blitz again. The weather shouldn’t be terrible yet, but playing on the road in a prime-time game is going to be a tough win.
Week seven on October 25th on Monday Night Football versus the Saints
Ok, so if there is one positive in what could be a brutal four game stretch it’s that Seattle’s final three games are a bit, well, stretched out. There will be 10 days between the Rams and Steelers and eight days between the Steelers and Saints. Still, the Saints will have a good defense and a bunch of skill players on offense and Seattle has no guarantee of a win on MNF.