Seahawks' Monday night game against Green Bay highlights home schedule
Seattle will also play at San Francisco in prime time Oct. 18. Seahawks open at Arizona on Sept. 9 and will open at home with Dallas on Sept. 16.
Seattle Times staff reporter
2012 Seahawks schedule
Sept. 9, at Arizona, 1:15 p.m.: Seahawks haven't won first road game of the year since 2006. Seattle is 1-5 at Arizona since Cardinals moved into their new stadium in 2006.
Sept. 16, vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.: Seattle has lost three games to Dallas the past four seasons by a combined score of 95-39, but all those were in Dallas. This is Cowboys' first regular-season trip to Seattle since 2005.
Sept. 24, vs. Green Bay, 5:30 p.m.: Seattle's new quarterback is Green Bay's old backup, putting Matt Flynn center stage in this Monday Night game.
Sept. 30, at St. Louis, 10 a.m.: Seattle has won 13 of its past 14 regular-season games against the Rams, and defeated St. Louis by a combined total of 54-20 in two meetings last year.
Oct. 7, at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Seattle is 0-2 at Carolina, one of only two NFL venues where the Seahawks have never won. Baltimore is the other (no games vs. Colts, 0-2 vs. Ravens).
Oct. 14, vs. New England, 1 p.m.: Pete Carroll spent three seasons as Patriots coach before he was fired after the 1999 season. He faces his former franchise for the first time.
Oct. 18, at San Francisco, 5:20 p.m.: Seattle has lost three consecutive road games at San Francisco, none of those games decided by fewer than 13 points.
Oct. 28, at Detroit, 10 a.m.: Seattle is 7-4 against Detroit since entering the league.
Nov. 4, vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.: The Vikings have won the past two regular-season meetings against the Seahawks by a combined score of 66-22.
Nov. 11, vs. NY Jets, 1 p.m.: Seattle has lost eight of its past 10 regular-season games against the Jets, back to 1985, but did win the most recent game, 13-3 in 2008.
Nov. 25, at Miami, 10 a.m.: Seattle is 1-5 at Miami during the regular season, the only Seahawks victory coming in 1990.
Dec. 2, at Chicago, 10 a.m.: Teams have played six times in regular season, twice in playoffs past seven years. This is third year in a row Seahawks play at Chicago; Seattle won previous two.
Dec. 9, vs. Arizona, 1:15 p.m.: Seahawks and Cardinals split their two-game regular-season series last year, each game was decided by three points.
Dec. 16, vs. Buffalo (at Toronto), 1 p.m.: Buffalo has won the past two meetings between these teams by a combined score of 72-19, but this one is exported to Canada, making a unique setting.
Dec. 23, vs. San Francisco, 1:15 p.m.: The 49ers' 19-17 victory at Seattle on Christmas Eve was a physical, tightly played contest between the teams.
Dec. 30, vs. St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.: Seattle has won seven in a row at home vs. the Rams, six by 10 points or more. Rams haven't won in Seattle since a 33-27 overtime victory in October 2004.
The Seahawks will have a national television audience for their two prime-time games in 2012, including a home game against Green Bay on Monday night in Week 3.
Seattle will have an international stage, however, for its December game against Buffalo, which will be played in Toronto.
Those are just some of the highlights from Seattle's schedule, which was announced Tuesday along with the rest of the NFL.
Seattle's season starts on the road Sept. 9 in Arizona, which is doubly ominous considering recent history. The Seahawks have lost their first road game in each of the past five seasons. Not only that, but they are 1-5 at Arizona since the Cardinals moved into their new stadium in Glendale.
The Seahawks' home schedule includes some of the league's heavyweights as there were four teams that won 13 or more games in 2011, and Seattle will host three of them: Green Bay in Week 3 (Sept. 24), New England (Oct. 14) in Week 6 and then a Week 16 divisional bout with San Francisco, which will be played Dec. 23.
Looking for a break in the schedule? Well, Seattle is going to have to wait awhile. Its bye week doesn't come until Nov. 18, which is Week 11. Seattle hasn't had a bye that late since 2000, when it didn't get time off until the 12th week of the season. In fact, the Seahawks' bye hasn't been later than Week 8 in any of the past 11 seasons.
That late bye could come into play given the difficulty in the first half of Seattle's schedule. In the first eight weeks, Seattle will face four teams that made the playoffs: Green Bay, New England, San Francisco and Detroit. Three of those teams are lined up back-to-back-to-back as the Seahawks host the Patriots in Week 6 before heading out to play San Francisco in a Thursday night game four days later and then playing at Detroit on Oct. 28.
That game against the Lions will conclude a stretch of four road games in five weeks for Seattle.
The upside is that the home stretch of Seattle's schedule will be just that: at home. Seattle hosts its three division rivals in its last three home games in December, and of the Seahawks' final six opponents only one finished with a winning record last season: the 49ers.
As for the prime-time appearances? Seattle is back on the Monday night schedule, hosting the Packers in Week 3. The Seahawks hosted the Rams on a Monday night game in December last year, the first time in four years Seattle was featured in the Monday night slot.
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