Seahawks land two prime-time games in December
Seahawks scheduled to open the 2011 season with road games at San Francisco and Pittsburgh, but start December with Thursday and Monday night games.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Home scheduleSept. 25, Arizona
Oct. 2, Atlanta
Oct. 30, Cincinnati
Nov. 13, Baltimore
Nov. 27, Washington
Dec. 1, Philadelphia
Dec. 12, St. Louis
Dec. 24, San Francisco
The Seahawks will begin their season with back-to-back road games, and they'll start December by playing consecutive prime-time games at home.
Well, at least that's what the NFL is planning, as the league announced its 2011 regular-season schedule Tuesday. Whether the games are played depends on whether there's a resolution to the current work stoppage.
The release of the schedule offers hope that next season will not be affected by the lockout, though it's hardly a guarantee.
Seattle is scheduled to play Monday night for the first time since 2007, hosting a Dec. 12 game against St. Louis. That's a rematch of last season's Week 17 matchup, when the Seahawks beat the Rams on Sunday night to win the NFC West and earn the league's final playoff berth.
Seattle did not play a Monday-night game either of the previous two seasons, the first time since the 1990s that the Seahawks had gone two years without being scheduled in that prime-time spot.
That Monday-night game against the Rams would come 12 days after Seattle is scheduled to host Philadelphia in a Thursday night game on the NFL Network.
The Seahawks begin their season at San Francisco, where Jim Harbaugh will make his debut as 49ers coach. Seattle plays at Pittsburgh in Week 2, the Seahawks' second regular-season meeting with the Steelers since Super Bowl XL.
Seattle's home opener is Sept. 25 against Arizona. The Seahawks have lost only one regular-season home opener since 2003.
|Danny O'Neil breaks down the 2011 schedule:|
|Sept. 11||1:15 p.m.||at San Francisco||Ch. 13|
|A one-time Pac-10 rivalry is transplanted to the NFC West as former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh makes his 49ers debut against Pete Carroll.|
|Sept. 18||10 a.m.||at Pittsburgh||Ch. 13|
|Seahawks are 2-6 on the road against the Steelers, including a 21-0 loss in October 2007 in Seattle's most recent game there.|
|Sept. 25||1:05 p.m.||vs. Arizona||Ch. 13|
|Seahawks have won seven of their past eight regular-season home openers, and they have allowed a total of six points in the past two home openers.|
|Oct. 2||1:05 p.m.||vs. Atlanta||Ch. 13|
|Seahawks are 8-3 against Atlanta, their best series record against any NFL team.|
|Oct. 9||10 a.m.||at N.Y.Giants||Ch. 13|
|Seattle has lost twice to the Giants in the past three years by a combined score of 85-13.|
|Oct. 23||10 a.m.||at Cleveland||Ch. 13|
|Seattle is 0-4 vs. AFC North on the road since 2002, when the Seahawks moved back to the NFC.|
|Oct. 30||1:15 p.m.||vs. Cincinnati||Ch. 7|
|Will quarterback Carson Palmer be playing in this game? Not as a Bengal if you believe what he's been saying this offseason.|
|Nov. 6||10 a.m.||at Dallas||Ch. 13|
|Seattle is 2-5 all-time at Dallas, and the Seahawks have been outscored 72-26 in their past two games against the Cowboys.|
|Nov. 13||1:05 p.m.||vs. Baltimore||Ch. 7|
|Seahawks had the second-worst rushing offense in 2010 while the Ravens ranked among the top five rushing defenses for a fifth consecutive season.|
|Nov. 20||1:05 p.m.||at St. Louis||Ch. 13|
|The Rams' 20-3 victory over Seattle in October 2010 snapped Seahawks' 10-game winning streak vs. St. Louis, its longest ever against one opponent.|
|Nov. 27||1:05 p.m.||vs. Washington||Ch. 13|
|Seattle has lost its past five games to Washington, though the last three have been by a combined total of 13 points.|
|Dec. 1||5:20 p.m.||vs. Philadelphia||NFL|
|This game is scheduled for Thursday night, and Seattle is 1-4 in games played on Thursday. Its only win came on Thanksgiving at Dallas in 1986.|
|Dec. 12||5:30 p.m.||vs. St. Louis||Ch. 13|
|The Seahawks have won six consecutive home games vs. the Rams, who have averaged 10.5 points in those six losses.|
|Dec. 18||10 a.m.||at Chicago||Ch. 13|
|Seattle returns to the site where last season ended, the Bears beating the Seahawks 35-24 in the NFL Division Playoffs on Jan. 16.|
|Dec. 24||1:15 p.m.||vs. San Francisco||Ch. 13|
|Seattle has held San Francisco without a touchdown five times in the previous 14 games between the teams.|
|Jan. 1||1:15 p.m.||at Arizona||Ch. 13|
|Seattle's 36-18 victory at Arizona on Nov. 14, 2010, was the Seahawks' first victory in the Cardinals' new stadium, which opened in 2006.|
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