The Seahawks will play the fourth-toughest schedule in the NFL next season, according to data released Wednesday by the NFL. Seattle’s 2015 opponents, with a combined 142-112-2 record last season, had a .559 winning percentage. Only Pittsburgh (.579), St. Louis (.576) and Cincinnati (.563) face tougher slates than the Seahawks, who have played in back-to-back Super Bowls.
In addition to playing their usual six home-and-home games against the NFC West (Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco), the Seahawks play teams from the NFC North and AFC North.
At home, Seattle will face Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Carolina. On the road, Seattle will play Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Green Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Dallas.
The Seahawks defeated Carolina 31-17 in an NFC divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field Jan. 10 and upended Green Bay 28-22 in overtime Jan. 22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks also lost to Dallas 30-23 at the Clink Oct. 12.
Former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn picked a good year to take over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Based on 2014 records, the Falcons will have the NFL’s easiest schedule. Only four of Atlanta’s 2015 opponents finished with a winning record in 2014.
Dates and times of the Seahawks’ 2015 schedule won’t be released until spring.