It’s never too early to start looking ahead, especially after a season like the Seahawks just endured.
While there is much we still don’t know about what the team will look like in 2022, what we do know is who the Seahawks will play.
Actually, because of the NFL’s scheduling formula, 14 of the 17 opponents for 2022 were set long ago.
The other three were dependent on where the Seahawks, and other teams, finished in the standings.
The Seahawks will again play home-and-road contests against their NFC West foes, which makes up six games.
Four more are against the NFC South and four more against the AFC West as part of the normal schedule rotation (with home and road flipped from the last time the Seahawks played each team as part of the rotation).
The other three games come against the last-place teams in the AFC East (Jets), NFC East (Giants) and NFC North (Lions). Those are the three games determined by the Seahawks finishing in last place in the NFC West.
The Seahawks are getting nine home games in 2022 after playing only eight in 2021, when what was technically the Seahawks’ 17th game occurred at Pittsburgh.
Dates, times and TV designations won’t be decided until the spring. Last year it was on May 12, with the NFL deciding to set the schedule after the draft.
So, who will the Seahawks play in 2022?
Here’s a review.
Cardinals: Seahawks may have a chance if Colt McCoy isn’t starting.
Rams: If form holds, expect this one to be a prime-time game.
49ers: Will Jimmy G still be SF’s QB?
Falcons: Will Matt Ryan be in the midst of one last hurrah with Falcons?
Panthers: Yep, two years was too long for the Seahawks not to play the Panthers.
Broncos: This will be Denver’s first visit since the Seahawks’ memorable OT win in 2014.
Raiders: First game against Raiders since the Seahawks’ win in London in 2018.
Giants: New York will not have the (Joe) Judge coming to town this time.
Jets: Will be the second visit in three years here for Jets, who lost 40-3 at Lumen in 2020.
Cardinals: Seahawks are 7-1-1 in last nine visits to Glendale to play Cardinals.
Rams: Seahawks have lost eight of last 10 against Rams, including playoffs.
49ers: Conversely, they have won the last four against 49ers.
Saints: Always a fun trip to New Orleans. Last time the Seahawks played there in 2016, Earl Thomas got penalized for hugging a ref.
Buccaneers: The assumption is Bucs will be running it back with Brady and crew again in ‘22.
Chiefs: Seahawks 1-0 against Patrick Mahomes, a memorable 38-31 shootout in 2018.
Chargers: Two visits in one year to SoFi Stadium.
Lions: The reward for finishing last — a trip to Detroit. Last time there, Michael Dickson had the only carry of his career, keeping it out of the end zone for 9 yards to clinch the win.