To make things more interesting, let’s rule out either San Francisco game because everyone can agree that those two games will carry huge implications this season.
So beyond the 49ers, what’s the most important game for Seattle this season? I’ll throw out a couple of candidates and reasons why, then let the debating begin.
- Oct. 17 at Arizona. An odd choice, I know. But here me out. First, it’s a road game within the division. Those are always important, and the Seahawks went 0-3 in them a year ago. If Seattle is going to take the next step, these are the games the Seahawks need to win. The margin for error in the NFC West is likely going to be very small this year. Second, it comes on the short turnaround that goes with playing on the road.
- Nov. 3 vs. Tampa. The Buccaneers made sweeping changes to their roster this offseason in an effort to improve a team that went 7-9 a year ago. Tampa could be a tougher out than you might think on paper, and the game comes sandwiched in between two divisional road games (St. Louis and Arizona) and another tough road game in Atlanta.
- Dec. 15 at New York. On paper, the Seahawks road schedule is brutal this year. Just look at the list: Houston, Indy, Atlanta, San Francisco, St. Louis…not too many gimme wins in the mix there. The Seahawks went 3-5 on the road a year ago after going undefeated at home. The tough thing about this came, besides the fact that it will be played in New York in December, is that it comes immediately after Seattle’s game at San Francisco.
|The Seahawks play twice on Monday Night Football this season (Oct. 28 and Dec. 2).|
|Sept. 8||at Carolina||10 a.m.|
|Sept. 15||San Francisco||5:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 22||Jacksonville||1:25 p.m.|
|Sept. 29||at Houston||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 6||at Indianapolis||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 13||Tennessee||1:05 p.m.|
|Oct. 17||at Arizona||5:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 28||at St. Louis||5:40 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||Tampa Bay||1:05 p.m.|
|Nov. 10||at Atlanta||10 a.m.|
|Nov. 17||Minnesota||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 2||New Orleans||5:40 p.m.|
|Dec. 8||at San Francisco||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 15||at N.Y. Giants||10 a.m.|
|Dec. 22||Arizona||1:05 p.m.|
|Dec. 29||St. Louis||1:25 p.m.|
|Note: Game times are subject to change for Sunday Night Football|
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