Seattle will also play at San Francisco in prime time Oct. 18. Seahawks open at Arizona on Sept. 9 and will open at home with Dallas on Sept. 16.
The Seahawks will have a national television audience for their two prime-time games in 2012, including a home game against Green Bay on Monday night in Week 3.
Seattle will have an international stage, however, for its December game against Buffalo, which will be played in Toronto.
Those are just some of the highlights from Seattle’s schedule, which was announced Tuesday along with the rest of the NFL.
Seattle’s season starts on the road Sept. 9 in Arizona, which is doubly ominous considering recent history. The Seahawks have lost their first road game in each of the past five seasons. Not only that, but they are 1-5 at Arizona since the Cardinals moved into their new stadium in Glendale.
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The Seahawks’ home schedule includes some of the league’s heavyweights as there were four teams that won 13 or more games in 2011, and Seattle will host three of them: Green Bay in Week 3 (Sept. 24), New England (Oct. 14) in Week 6 and then a Week 16 divisional bout with San Francisco, which will be played Dec. 23.
Looking for a break in the schedule? Well, Seattle is going to have to wait awhile. Its bye week doesn’t come until Nov. 18, which is Week 11. Seattle hasn’t had a bye that late since 2000, when it didn’t get time off until the 12th week of the season. In fact, the Seahawks’ bye hasn’t been later than Week 8 in any of the past 11 seasons.
That late bye could come into play given the difficulty in the first half of Seattle’s schedule. In the first eight weeks, Seattle will face four teams that made the playoffs: Green Bay, New England, San Francisco and Detroit. Three of those teams are lined up back-to-back-to-back as the Seahawks host the Patriots in Week 6 before heading out to play San Francisco in a Thursday night game four days later and then playing at Detroit on Oct. 28.
That game against the Lions will conclude a stretch of four road games in five weeks for Seattle.
The upside is that the home stretch of Seattle’s schedule will be just that: at home. Seattle hosts its three division rivals in its last three home games in December, and of the Seahawks’ final six opponents only one finished with a winning record last season: the 49ers.
As for the prime-time appearances? Seattle is back on the Monday night schedule, hosting the Packers in Week 3. The Seahawks hosted the Rams on a Monday night game in December last year, the first time in four years Seattle was featured in the Monday night slot.
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