It’s an ugly start but could be a rewarding end. Either way, the Seahawks will be reminded numerous times that a flotation device is under their seat.
If the 2011 NFL schedule goes off as expected (and that, of course, depends on what happens with the ongoing labor situation), the Seattle Seahawks will be on the road for the first two weeks of the regular season first, with a trip to San Francisco, and then a journey to Pittsburgh for the second Seahawks-Steelers game since Super Bowl XL. The last one ended in a 21-0 score for Pittsburgh in Oct. 2007. Seattle then welcomes the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons to WhateverIt’sCalled Field, followed by another long plane ride to take on the New York Giants.
A bye week is followed by yet another long flight to Cleveland to face Mike Holmgrens Browns; then its time to fly BACK home for the Bengals. (Seriously who planned this thing, Clark Griswold?) A flight to Dallas is followed by the Ravens at home, the Rams on the road, the Redskins, Eagles, and Rams at home (a very favorable late-season home stretch), followed by Chicago away, and the 49ers and Cardinals at home to finish.
The schedule starts brutally, but if the Seahawks can get through the Browns trip, things start to look pretty good. The more formidable opponents are at home, and having five of the last six games in Seattle is a rare advantage the team mustnt waste. Two games are nationally televised, and both are at home — Dec. 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Dec. 12 against the Rams.
Now, its just up to the owners and players to ensure that theres actually a season, perhaps assisted by one or more judges.
In any case, heres the full listing.
Day Date Opponent Time (PT) TV
Sunday Sept. 11 at San Francisco 49ers 1:15 p.m. FOX
Sunday Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers 10:00 a.m. FOX
Sunday Sept. 25 Arizona Cardinals 1:15 p.m. FOX
Sunday Oct. 2 Atlanta Falcons 1:05 p.m. FOX
Sunday Oct. 9 at N.Y. Giants 10:00 a.m. FOX
Sunday Oct. 16 Bye Week
Sunday Oct. 23 at Cleveland Browns 10:00 a.m. FOX
Sunday Oct. 30 Cincinnati Bengals 1:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday Nov. 6 at Dallas Cowboys 10:00 a.m. FOX
Sunday Nov. 13 Baltimore Ravens 1:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday Nov. 20 at St. Louis Rams 1:05 p.m. FOX
Sunday Nov. 27 Washington Redskins 1:05 p.m. FOX
Thursday Dec. 1 Philadelphia Eagles 5:20 p.m. NFLN
Monday Dec. 12 St. Louis Rams 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sunday Dec. 18 at Chicago Bears 10:00 a.m. FOX
Saturday Dec. 24 San Francisco 49ers 1:15 p.m. FOX
Sunday Jan. 1, 2012 at Arizona Cardinals 1:15 p.m. FOX