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Seahawks 2014 schedule: Breaking down all 16 games

Seattle opens against Green Bay on Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field. The game will be televised on NBC.


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1

Green Bay

5:30 p.m. Sept. 4

Ch. 5 TV

The plot: Could there be a more fitting opponent for the night the Seahawks raise their Super Bowl banner than one of the most storied franchises in NFL history? It’s also a game that could have long-lasting implications as the Packers enter the season with Super Bowl dreams of their own.

Packers 2013: 8-7-1

Headliner: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times in the first half the last time he was in Seattle, a game the Seahawks won on Golden Tate’s controversial “touch-ception’’ catch.

2

@ San Diego

1:05 p.m. Sept. 14

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: Less than a month after meeting the Chargers in the exhibition season, the Seahawks will clash with them again, this time in San Diego.

Chargers 2013: 9-7

Headliner: Phillip Rivers and the Chargers’ offense vs. the Seahawks’ defense. Rivers and Co. ranked fifth in total offense last season, and it will be an early indicator of where Seattle’s defense stands after last season.

3

Denver

1:25 p.m. Sept. 21

Ch. 7 TV

The plot: The Seahawks will hope for a sequel as good as Godfather II as the Broncos return in a Super Bowl rematch. It’s only the second game at the Clink for one-time AFC West rival Denver.

Broncos 2013: 13-3

Headliner: Peyton Manning, who has played the Seahawks at the Kingdome, Husky Stadium and briefly at the Clink in a 2005 game when the Colts largely rested their starters, makes might what might be his last appearance in Seattle.

4

Bye week

Seahawks take a break in Week 4 before returning with a Monday Night game at Washington.

5

@ Washington

5:30 p.m. Oct. 6

ESPN TV

The plot: No doubt the story of this one will be Russell Wilson vs. Robert Griffin III. Both quarterbacks were taken in the 2012 draft, and they have been linked and judged together since.

Washington 2013: 3-13

Headliner: Washington was one of the league’s biggest disappointments last season after making the playoffs (and losing to the Seahawks) in RGIII’s rookie year. But Washington has a new coaching staff and added electrifying receiver DeSean Jackson. Washington could be in for a rebound.

6

Dallas

1:25 p.m. Oct. 12

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: America’s Team meets American’s Best Team, bringing with it what some are calling one of the worst defenses in the NFL. It’s only the seventh regular-season appearance in Seattle for the Cowboys.

Cowboys 2013: 8-8

Headliner: QB Tony Romo returns again to the scene of the crime — a fumble of a snap on a potential game-winning field goal in a playoff game against the Seahawks in 2006, a play he still is trying to live down.

7

@ St. Louis

10 a.m. Oct. 19

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: The Seahawks have struggled in St. Louis the past two years — losing one game and nearly losing another to average Rams teams.

Rams 2013: 7-9

Headliner: If rookie Justin Britt is Seattle’s starting right offensive tackle, he’ll get one of his biggest challenges of the season in defensive end Chris Long. Not to mention the rest of the Rams’ defensive line that harassed the Seahawks last year.

8

@ Carolina

10 a.m. Oct. 26

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: What did the Seahawks do to deserve three trips in three years to Carolina? The past two each came down to the wire before Seattle pulled it out, including a 14-9 win in the season-opener last year.

Panthers 2013: 12-4

Headliner: Quarterback Cam Newton might not have anyone to throw to, given the losses Carolina suffered in its receiving corps in the offseason. But he’ll be the player the Seahawks will need to stop to win this one.

9

Oakland

1:25 p.m. Nov. 2

Ch. 7 TV

The plot: On paper — and that’s worth emphasizing — the Raiders provide the Seahawks with one of the few “breaks” in their schedule this season.

Raiders 2013: 4-12

Headliner: Will the Seahawks have to prepare for rookie quarterback Derek Carr at this point in the season? It seems likely that even if Carr doesn’t begin the season as Oakland’s starting quarterback that he would move into the role by Week 9 of the season.

10

N.Y. Giants

1:25 p.m. Nov. 9

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: Big Blue comes to Seattle in a matchup of two of the past three Super Bowl champions. Don’t expect the Seahawks to ask the Giants for any advice on how to repeat, though, with New York falling to 7-9 last season.

Giants 2013: 7-9

Headliner: Last time Eli Manning came to town, he led the Giants to a 41-7 win in 2010, the worst Seahawks loss of the Pete Carroll era.

11

@ Kansas City

10 a.m. Nov. 16

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: This one kicks off a potentially brutal stretch of the schedule: three road games (Kansas City, San Francisco and Philadelphia) and two games against tough division rivals (Arizona, San Francisco).

Chiefs 2013: 11-5

Headliner: The Seahawks’ run defense will get tested in a big way when the Seahawks face Jamaal Charles. Charles finished third in the league a year ago with 1,287 yards, and he averaged 5 yards every time he carried the ball.

12

Arizona

1:05 p.m. Nov. 23

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: Seattle’s only stumble at the Clink a year ago came against the Cardinals, a 17-10 loss Dec. 22 when Arizona’s front seven pushed the Seahawks around. Arizona has undergone changes but enters the season as a dark-horse NFC West contender.

Cardinals 2013: 10-6

Headliner: This will be the 11th appearance in Seattle for Larry Fitzgerald, one of the greatest receivers in recent NFL history. He’s 3-7 in games and has five touchdowns in Seattle from three different QBs — Josh McCown, Kevin Kolb and Kurt Warner.

13

@ San Francisco

5:30 p.m. Nov. 27

Ch. 5 TV

The plot: The Thanksgiving showcase game will not disappoint for story lines: Richard Sherman vs. Michael Crabtree, Pete Carroll vs. Jim Harbaugh, Russell Wilson vs. Colin Kaepernick. Take your pick.

49ers 2013: 12-4

Headliner: The speed of San Francisco’s linebackers has bothered Russell Wilson in the past, and they’re one of the few groups both sound and quick enough to track him down when he escapes the pocket. Will that be the case this season?

14

@Philadelphia

1:25 p.m. Dec. 7

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: A team that figures to again be one of the highest-scoring in the NFL could be in the midst of a run for the NFC East title when it hosts the Seahawks. Philly coach Chip Kelly is 1-0 against Carroll, a 47-20 win for Oregon against USC in 2009.

Eagles 2013: 10-6

Headliner: Philadelphia’s season turned around last season when it turned to Nick Foles as its QB. Foles responded with 27 touchdown passes against just two interceptions, stats the Legion of Boon will no doubt notice.

15

San Francisco

1:25 p.m. Dec. 14

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: It seems cruel, but the Seahawks and 49ers have to turn around and play each other just two weeks after playing in San Francisco. It’s doubtful the bruises from the last meeting will have healed by then.

49ers 2013: 12-4

Headliner: Can the 49ers win in CenturyLink Field? That has been the question looming over Jim Harbaugh and Co. The 49ers haven’t won in Seattle since 2011, and they have suffered some of their worst losses visiting the Seahawks.

16

@ Arizona

5:30 p.m. Dec. 21

Ch. 5 TV

The plot: For the second straight season, the Seahawks will make their final regular-season trip to the site of what they hope will be their final destination — the Super Bowl. Arizona will host Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. Last year, Seattle shut out the Giants 23-0 at MetLife Stadium, returning six weeks later to win the Super Bowl.

Cardinals 2013: 10-6

Headliner: Carson Palmer was Pete Carroll’s first quarterback at USC, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2002. Now 34 years old, he’s still looking for his first NFL playoff win.

17

St. Louis

1:25 p.m. Dec. 28

Ch. 13 TV

The plot: Will this game hold meaning in determining a playoff spot or the division title? It carried those implications as the final game of the season last year.

Rams 2013: 7-9

Headliner: There was some bad blood in the final meeting between these teams last year, with the Rams racking up an astonishing number of personal fouls and one player getting ejected and throwing his helmet. Will any of that spill over into this year?

Postseason

NFC playoffs begin Jan. 3

Super Bowl XLIX at Glendale, Ariz., is Feb. 1



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