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April 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

NFL not yet ready to announce 2014 schedule, but when season begins, Seahawks will have a big streak on the line

NFL fans with good memories may recall that it was during this week last year that the league announced its 2013 schedule. That may have been what led to some rumors that the NFL was due to release its 2014 schedule this week. One difference, though, is that last year, the NFL Draft was a few weeks earlier. Now, the Draft is not until May 8-10, so if the league wants to release the schedule prior to the draft, it has a little more time to wait.

And the NFL made it clear today in a Tweet from one of its public relations officials that the schedule will not come this week:

So yeah, expect the schedule in a week or two, but not this week.

When the schedule does come, we’ll know against whom the Seahawks will open on Sept. 4, when they are expected to play the traditional role of the defending Super Bowl champion by hosting a game on the opening Thursday night kickoff to the season. The 49ers are maybe the most logical opponent, but Seattle also hosts Denver and Green Bay this year, and either of those could fit, as well.

When Seattle does open the season, it will put on the line an impressive — if somewhat obscure — statistic revealed today by Scott Kacsmar of FootballOutsiders.com:

Seattle’s streak dates to a 23-13 loss at Dallas on Nov. 6, 2011.

The following week, the Seahawks beat Baltimore 22-17, which began a streak of five wins in six games, a stretch that has often been cited as a turning point for the team as a secondary that featured what were then three first-year starters in Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner began to come together.

As Kacsmar further noted today, when the Packers’ streak ended, it ended with a thud:

For now, we’ll have to wait another week or two to find out the team Seattle will put that streak on the line against to open the 2014 season.

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