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April 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated: Seahawks scheduled for four prime-time games this season

The Seattle Seahawks will play in four primetime games during the 2013 NFL season. The Seahawks will play twice on Monday Night Football, once on Sunday Night Football and once on Thursday night.

The Seahawks will play the San Francisco 49ers at home in the second game of the year on Sept. 15. That game will be on Sunday night. The Seahawks will then play their next prime-time game on the road against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 28 on Monday night. They will play the New Orleans Saints at home on Dec. 2 on Monday night.

The Seahawks will also play at the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday on Oct. 17.

More prime time: While the Seahawks’ four prime-time games is an impressive total, it isn’t the most in the league. The Patriots, 49ers, Redskins and Broncos are each scheduled to play on prime time five times. The Steelers, Packers, Texans, Saints, Bears and Falcons join the Seahawks as teams playing in four prime-time games this season.

Teams that get three Sunday night games: Broncos, Steelers, Patriots, Packers

Teams that get two Monday night games: 49ers, Bears, Falcons, Redskins, Dolphins, Chargers, Seahawks

Quick thoughts: The teeth of the Seahawks’ schedule comes in bunches. While basing anything off last year’s successes or failures in the NFL is often fool’s gold, play San Francisco at home and at Houston and at Indianapolis in a four-week stretch starting Sept. 15. If the Seahawks are able to go 3-1 in that stretch, they’ll be in great shape. All three of those teams made the playoffs a year ago. The Seahawks then play the Saints at home on Monday Night Football on Dec. 2 and follow that up with tough road games against San Francisco and the New York Giants. The release for the Seahawks: They end the year with Arizona and St. Louis, not gimmes but certainly not the toughest games on the schedule. The Seahawks play five of their first eight games on the road while five of their final eight are at home.

Flex possibility: The Seahawks could play in more prime-time games later in the season with the NFL’s flexible scheduling. The NFL allows games to be moved into prime time between weeks 11 and 17, and the Seahawks have two potentially appetizing games: at San Francisco on Dec. 8 and at the New York Giants on Dec. 15. Both could move into prime time depending on their significance and interest level at that point in the season. The NFL must announce changes to its schedule no later than 12 days in advance.

Carroll and Schneider: Here’s a quick look at how the Seahawks have raised their national profile under GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll: In 2010, the Seahawks played in just one prime-time game. In 2011, they played in two. Last year, they played in three. This year, of course, they will play in four.  And before Carroll and Schneider arrived in Seattle? The Seahawks didn’t play in a prime-time game in 2009 after playing in just one in 2008.

No shortage of interesting games: Don Banks from Sports Illustrated picked 17 games to highlight the NFL season after the league released schedules on Thursday. The Seahawks had four games make the list: At San Francisco in Week 14 (Beasts of the West and Carroll vs. Harbaugh), vs. New Orleans in Week 13 (Brees vs. Wilson), vs. Minnesota in Week 11 (former Vikings now on the Seahawks) and at Atlanta  in Week 10 (thrilling playoff game last year).

Seahawks 2013 schedule


Sept. 8, 10 a.m., at Carolina Panthers


Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m., San Francisco 49ers…Sunday night


Sept. 22, 1:25 p.m., Jacksonville Jaguars


Sept. 29, 10 a.m., at Houston Texans


Oct. 6, 10 a.m., at Indianapolis Colts


Oct. 13, 1:05 p.m., Tennessee Titans


Oct. 17, 5:25 p.m., at Arizona Cardinals…Thursday night


Oct. 28, 5:40 p.m., at St. Louis Rams…Monday night


Nov. 3, 1:05 p.m., Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Nov. 10, 10 a.m., at Atlanta Falcons


Nov. 17, 1:25 p.m., Minnesota Vikings


Bye Week


Dec. 2, 5:40 p.m., New Orleans Saints…Monday Night


Dec. 8, 1:25 p.m., at San Francisco 49ers


Dec. 15, 10 a.m., at New York Giants


Dec. 22, 1:05 p.m., Arizona Cardinals


Dec. 29, 1:25 p.m., at St. Louis Rams



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