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July 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Countdown to Training Camp: 15 Questions in 15 Days — What’s the most important game this season?

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.
Seahawks schedule
The Seahawks play twice on Monday Night Football this season (Oct. 28 and Dec. 2).
Date Opponent Time
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

Previous 15 Questions in 15 Days:

July 20: Can the Seahawks cut down on penalties in 2013?

July 19: Who will lead the Seahawks in receiving?

July 18: Just how good is Earl Thomas, anyway?

July 17: How many carries will Percy Harvin get this season?

July 16: Will the schedule get in the way of the Seahawks’ great expectations?

July 15: How many yards will Russell Wilson pass for?

July 14: How much will Antoine Winfield play?

July 13: Who starts at right guard?

July 12: Will the Seahawks have enough depth at tight end?

July 11: Who will win the backup quarterback job?

July 10: So what is Bruce Irvin’s position, anyway?

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