The NFL officially released the 2015 regular-season schedule Tuesday. The Seahawks will travel to NFC West rival St. Louis in their opener on Sept. 13.
Here we go with Seattle’s full 2015 regular season schedule.
It features five prime-time games, a Seattle franchise record and the most an NFL team can get, including one on a Monday night at home against Detroit on Oct. 5 (which will also mark the return of Golden Tate) and another at San Francisco on a Thursday night, Oct. 22 (the third time in four years Seattle has a short-week Thursday night game at the 49ers).
Seattle opens with two in a row on the road including Sept. 13 at St. Louis and then a Sunday nighter at Green Bay on Sept. 20. But Seattle will then get three straight home games in November against Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
The other prime-time games are at home against Arizona on Nov. 15 at and at Baltimore on Dec. 13 — each Sunday night games.
Seattle will also get a bye in week nine (Nov. 8), a pretty favorable time to get one and much better than last year’s week four.
The schedule is not quite as back-loaded with NFC West games as it was least year, when five of the last six came against division foes. But the last two games are against the NFC West — home to St. Louis on Dec. 27 and at Arizona to close the regular season on Jan. 3.
The toughest stretches of the season may be the opening quartet, with two straight on the road and then the week four Monday nighter against Detroit, and maybe weeks 5-8, with three road games in a stretch of four, including a tight turnaround to a Thursday-night game at San Francisco on Oct. 22. But Seattle will then have five of seven at home from Nov. 15 to Dec. 27.
SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN (times listed are Seattle time; comments are mine):
Sept. 13: at St. Louis, 10 a.m., FOX — Always a tough trip for the Seahawks, who have lost in St. Louis two of the past three seasons, including 28-26 defeat there in 2014.
Sept. 20: at Green Bay, 5:30 p.m., NBC — Think the Packers and the Lambeau Field crowd will be revved up for a chance to avenge the NFC Championship game collapse?
Sept. 27: Chicago, 1:25 p.m., CBS — First regular-season visit by the Bears since 2009 and the infamous Lime Green uniform game.
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Oct. 5: Detroit, 5:30 p.m., ESPN — Some guy named Golden Tate will make his return to Seattle (will he stop off at Top Pot along the way?).
Oct. 11: at Cincinnati, 10 a.m., FOX — This will be only Seattle’s second visit to Cincy since 1993 and only the fourth game between the two teams since 1999.
Oct. 18: Carolina, 1:05 p.m., FOX — Hey, look here! Finally, a home regular season game against Carolina after visits there the last three seasons.
Oct. 22: at San Francisco, 5:25 p.m., CBS, NFL Network — Third time in four years the Seahawks will play in the Bay Area on a Thursday night. Hoping for repeat of last year’s Thanksgiving feast of the 49ers.
Nov. 1: at Dallas, 1:25 p.m., FOX — Rematch of one of Seattle’s lowest moments of 2014, a 30-23 home loss to the Cowboys that precipitated the Percy Harvin trade.
Nov. 8: Bye week.
Nov. 15: Arizona, 5:30 p.m., NBC — The second of Seattle’s two Sunday-night prime-time games comes in the first meeting of year against the team that may be their toughest competitor in the NFC West.
Nov. 22: San Francisco, 1:25 p.m., FOX — Seattle has won three in a row against the 49ers at home by 16, 26 and 29 points.
Nov. 29: Pittsburgh, 1:25 p.m., CBS — Seattle has been outscored 45-0 in its last two games against Steelers. But those were in Pittsburgh. And yes, it’s a rematch of a certain Super Bowl (hopefully Bill Leavy stays far away).
Dec. 6: at Minnesota, 10 a.m., FOX — This game will be played at the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium with the Vikings’ new indoor stadium still under construction. So bring a jacket or 10.
Dec. 13: at Baltimore, 5:30 p.m., NBC — Only the third visit ever to Baltimore (against the Ravens, anyway). The Seahawks lost the first two, in 1997 and 2003.
Dec. 20: Cleveland, 1:05 p.m., FOX — The Browns come to Seattle for first time since 2003. Will Johnny Football be the quarterback by then?
Dec. 27: St. Louis, 1:25 p.m., FOX — The Rams again come to Seattle in the last weekend of December. But this time, it’s not the season ender.
Jan. 3: at Arizona, 1:25 p.m., FOX — Will the NFC West title be on the line?
ORIGINAL POST: The NFL will officially release the 2015 regular season schedule at 5 p.m. Seattle time.
But some news is beginning to leak, and as the hour nears for the official unveiling, we’ll pass along in this space what we see and hear.
One bit of news that just broke is that the Seahawks are apparently headed to Green Bay for a Sunday-night game in week two, Sept. 20.
That might indicate that the Seahawks will be at home in week one. It’s being reported that the Sunday-night game in week one will be the New York Giants at Dallas, and if that’s true, then Seattle would have to play on Monday night to be in prime time in week one.
As has been noted by many, the Mariners are scheduled to host the Angels on that night, Sept. 14, at 7:10 p.m., which would seem to preclude the Seahawks hosting a game that night. The Mariners are also at home on Sunday, Sept. 13 — against Colorado at 1:10 p.m. So that could mean Seattle will be on the road for the first two games of the 2015 season.
There had been some thought that Seattle’s visit to Green Bay would be a natural for the week one Sunday nighter, as it is a rematch of the NFC Championship game, as well as the renewal of what has become a pretty good rivalry in the past few years.
Instead, it appears the Seahawks will get one of their toughest trips of the season out of the way in week two.
It will be Seattle’s first trip to Green Bay in the regular season since a 48-10 loss there in 2009.
Green Bay played at Seattle in 2012 (the Fail Mary game) and in the Thursday-night season opener last season (also a Seattle win, 36-16).
As a reminder, here are Seattle’s opponents for 2015, which were set the minute the season ended based on the NFL’s scheduling formula:
St. Louis, Arizona, San Francisco, Carolina, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
St. Louis, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay and Minnesota.