The next NFL season is quickly approaching. And though we are still three and a half months away from any preseason action, fans of the Seattle Seahawks are already getting excited about what could be their 2013-2014 season.
With Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Percy Harvin, Antoine Winfield, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor already building towards a greater year, the Seahawks may be priming for what could be their greatest season in franchise history.
One of the biggest factors that will determine how successful Seattle will be in the coming year will be their schedule, which was just released today.
Prior to this afternoon’s announcement, we already knew that Seattl would be playing home games against the 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, Saints, Buccaneers, Vikings, Jaguars, and Titans while their road slate would be filled with the 49ers Cardinals, Rams, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Texans, and Colts.
The Seahawks will see their first action on the field for a preseason matchup against the San Diego Charges on August 8. The game is set to be played at San Diego and is slated for a 7 pm start on Q13 Fox.
Their first regular season contest will be a date against the Carolina Panthers on September 8th.
We’re not exactly too sure who was the genius behind this move, but Seattle will be playing at Carolina in a game that will start at 10 am PST.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the schedule:
2013 Preseason Schedule
Week 1 (August 8, 2013) – Seahawks at Chargers – 7:00 pm PST – Q13 FOX
Week 2 (August 17, 2013) – Broncos vs. Seahawks – 7:00 pm PST – Q13 FOX
Week 3 (August 23, 2013) – Seahawks at Packers – 5:00 pm PST – CBS
Week 4 (August 29, 2013) – Raiders vs. Seahawks – 7:00 pm PST – Q13 FOX
Not too much stands out in the preseason, as it is, after all, the preseason. However, it is pretty interesting to see the Seahawks matched up with the Packers in their third preseason contest. This should be a great chance for Seattle’s starters to play into the third–and possibly fourth–quarter and see just how dangerous they could be this next year.
2013 Regular Season Schedule for the Seattle Seahawks
Week 1 – September 8 – Seattle @ Carolina – 10:00 AM – FOX
Week 2 – September 15 – San Francisco @ Seattle – 5:30 PM – NBC
Week 3 – September 22 – Jacksonville @ Seattle – 1:25 PM – CBS
Week 4 – September 29 – Seattle @ Houston – 10:00 AM – FOX
Week 5 – October 6 – Seattle @ Indianapolis – 10:00 AM – FOX
Week 6 – October 13 – Tennessee @ Seattle – 1:05 PM – CBS
Week 7 – October 17 – Seattle @ Arizona – 5:25 PM – NFL Network
Week 8 – October 28 – Seattle @ St. Louis – 5:40 PM – ESPN
Week 9 – November 3 – Tampa Bay @ Seattle – 1:05 PM – FOX
Week 10 – November 10 – Seattle @ Atlanta – 10:00 AM – FOX
Week 11 – November 17 – Minnesota @ Seattle – 1:25 PM – FOX
Week 12 – BYE
Week 13 – December 2 – New Orleans @ Seattle – 5:40 PM – ESPN
Week 14 – December 8 – Seattle @ San Francisco – 1:25 PM – FOX
Week 15 – December 15 – Seattle @ New York Giants – 10:00 AM – FOX
Week 16 – December 22 – Arizona @ Seattle – 1:05 PM – FOX
Week 17 – December 29 – St. Louis @ Seattle – 1:25 PM – FOX
Unlike Seattle’s preseason schedule, their regular season schedule is filled with a lot of goodies and a lot to talk about. First off, as mentioned earlier, we don’t know who slated the Seahawks to start their season in Carolina at 10:00 AM, but they should immediately be removed from their position.
Now I know this probably isn’t the “sexiest” game on the schedule, but having a team that will be a huge contender in the NFC play a road game…at 10:00 AM…all the way across the country…is absolutely ridiculous.
After that game, however, things start to get good. Seattle’s second regular season contest will likely be one of the best of the season, as they play host to the 49ers for a Sunday nigh game–one of Seattle’s four primetime games this year.
The Seahawks will then host Jacksonville the next week before going on brutal back-to-back road trips to Houston and Indianapolis that will really test what this team has in them.
Not wanting to predict anything too big, but if Seattle manages to come out of those two road games unscathed, they will be THE team to beat in the NFL.
After a brief trip home to play Tennessee–meh–the Seahawks will have two primetime matchups in a row, making a quick turnaround for a Thursday night game in Arizona and then taking a breather before a Monday night contest against St. Louis.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with having a Monday night game against the Rams, but wouldn’t the networks rather have San Fran and Seattle matching up towards the end of the season on Monday night?
I guess that’s why I don’t get paid the big bucks to devise schedules, but I digress…
The next big game on Seattle’s schedule will be a trip to Atlanta, where they will try to get revenge for their last-second loss to the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Round last year. After a home game against Minnesota, the Seahawks will finally be able to take a breather, as their bye week is scheduled for Week 12.
And it’s a good thing they have it at that time, too, because they will then play host to the New Orleans Saints for a Monday Night football game that will initiate the stretch run for the Hawks.
Seattle will closeout the season with what will likely be the game of the year at San Francisco on December 8 and then a road game against the Giants, and two home games against Arizona and St. Louis.
As can be seen by just glancing at the opponents, this schedule won’t be the easiest to navigate, but should the Seahawks play to their potential, they could very well prove to the rest of the NFL that they are the best team in the league and the one that has the best chances of…dare I say it…taking home the Super Bowl.