So finally tomorrow we will find out the Seahawks’ 2014 regular season schedule, and most notably which team Seattle will host in its opener Sept. 4 — an opener that may be the most-anticipated in franchise history.
As all teams do, Seattle has eight teams on its home schedule for 2014.
Three, though, stand out as the most likely to be the guests for the Thursday night opener, when the Seahawks will presumably do all kinds of celebrating of the Super Bowl title, as well.
Those three teams are San Francisco, Green Bay and Denver.
Here are some quick thoughts on each:
SAN FRANCISCO — Hard not to like the idea of reviving what is becoming the NFL’s most intense rivalry on opening night, and maybe making the 49ers watch some/all of the Super Bowl celebration along the way (though you’d assume Jim Harbaugh will figure out a way to have his team avoid seeing any of that). Some wonder, though, if the NFL might decide to send Seattle to the Bay Area on week two to open the 49ers’ new stadium. There is also the fact that typically they have switched the home-road order each year — Seattle hosted SF first last year then played there at the end of the season. The NFL has kept that rotation since 2007. But then, this is the NFL and it can do whatever it wants.
DENVER — Another really appetizing choice as the Super Bowl rematch, even if no one other than Seahawks fans would want to see the game play out again exactly the way the Super Bowl did. Still, lots of angles to play up here due to that history. Seattle does to go Denver to open the preseason. But that hardly seems like a reason to not have the Broncos come here for the opener.
GREEN BAY — The Packers should again be good, they have Aaron Rodgers, it would be their first game in Seattle since the Touch-ception and, well, they are the Packers. But the other two matchups seem a lot more obvious choices.
As for the rest, the only other team on Seattle’s home schedule you’d think would be a consideration is Dallas simply because they are the Cowboys and remain a huge TV draw and ESPN soap opera. But in my opinion, it’s hard to figure it would be any team other than the three mentioned above.
Now your turn to cast your vote:
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