Now is usually the time I express my pleasure/get all up in arms over the newly released Seahawks schedule. But, I’m on record as expecting an 8-8 season, so who gives a damn if a formerly west-coast game against the Raiders has been placed in London for no good God damn reason? To wit:
- @ Denver
- @ Chicago (Mon)
- @ Arizona
- L.A. Rams
- @ Oakland (London) (10am) (Sort Of)
- @ Detroit (10am)
- L.A. Chargers
- @ L.A. Rams
- Green Bay (Thurs)
- @ Carolina (10am)
- San Francisco (SNF)
- Minnesota (Mon)
- @ San Francisco
- Kansas City (SNF)
So, one thing I actually kinda like is having 5 of the first 7 games (with a BYE week squeezed in) on the road; meaning obviously that 6 of the last 9 games are at home (including all the second half primetime games). The entire month of December, we only have to travel as far as San Francisco! 4 of those 5 games are in Seattle!
As far as 10am games go, only three isn’t too bad. I was pretty shocked to see a whopping 5 primetime games (2 Monday, 2 Sunday, 1 Thursday), considering we weren’t all that world-beating last year. Someone made the point on Twitter and I wholeheartedly agree: that’s the power of an elite, Top 5 quarterback. I still think at least one of those Sunday Night games will be flexed out; if I had to bet the family farm on one prediction this season, that would be it.
One thing I noticed is that the more difficult games look to be at home, which is always a plus. We play the NFC North, and the best two teams (presumably) are Green Bay and Minnesota, so getting them both in Seattle is pretty fortunate. Not that the Bears or Lions will be pushovers, but you get my drift. I particularly like seeing Green Bay having to come all the way out here for a Thursday game; FUCK YOU PACKERS! Then, we play the AFC West and get the Chiefs and Chargers here, while we play the Raiders over in London (so no one will really have an advantage, although I bet there are more Raiders fans living in London than Seahawks fans) and we catch the Broncos in the first week of the season. Will Case Keenum be up to snuff right out of the gate, with a new team and a new system? Then, among the second place teams from last year, we get Dallas here and go on the road to play Carolina, which again I think is the more favorable draw. I think Dallas will be good again, with full seasons out of Elliott and Dak (and the Dez situation is addition by subtraction), whereas who knows with Carolina? That late into the season? Are they going to be totally healthy?
It’s always a huge folly to try to predict the games this early, but it’s 4/20, SO LIGHT ‘EM UP BRO!
@ Denver – Safe money is on this one being a loss. Going to the Mile High City, playing against a good defense (not at its peak, but still with plenty of talent) that will probably be as healthy as it gets, I think Keenum can do just enough to squeak one by us. Maybe this one ends with a late Seahawks drive falling short with a pick in the endzone. Denver 24, Seattle 17.
@ Chicago – I do think the Bears will be much improved, particularly with another year for Vic Fangio to ramp up that defense. I just don’t know if Trubisky has what it takes. This one should be a good barometer of the Seahawks’ season, though. If we’re truly an 8-8 type team, we win this game. If we’re doomed to bottom out entirely in 2018, then notch this one in the loss column. I think there’s enough talent in Seattle to steal one, but it won’t be easy. Seattle 19, Chicago 17.
Dallas – Loss. No doubt about it. The Cowboys’ running game will stomp us into hamburger, their quick-strike passing attack will befuddle us, and if our offense can’t keep up in a shootout, this one could be a laugher. Dallas 33, Seattle 21.
@ Arizona – Sam Bradford? Please. The Seahawks go down to their winter home and take another shockingly easy W. Seattle 27, Arizona 13.
L.A. Rams – Loss. No doubt about it. Did you ever think the Seahawks would start out their home schedule 0-2? Don’t say I didn’t warn you when it happens. This one PROBABLY won’t be as embarrassing as last year’s loss to the Rams … but it also might be. Los Angeles 38, Seattle 18.
@ Oakland – I got this as a win. I don’t know if the Raiders are very good, and I don’t know if Jon Gruden is very good. I do think this game will be fun, and potentially high scoring. Seattle 34, Oakland 27.
BYE – So, through six weeks, I have the Seahawks with a 3-3 record, having shockingly gone 3-1 on the road. Let’s see if that holds up.
@ Detroit – This one has loss written all over it. Every year, the Seahawks play at least one road game where they come out looking great, but gag it up in the end. I think the Lions have offense for days and they’ll easily exploit our depleted secondary. Detroit 38, Seattle 31.
L.A. Chargers – Don’t love this matchup. I never love a matchup with this Seahawks defense against Philip Rivers, because he fucking carves us up every fucking time. Los Angeles 35, Seattle 20.
@ L.A. Rams – One more loss to throw on the pile; things are looking BLEAK here folks! I think the defense will show up a little better this time, but there’s still no doing anything against that Rams squad. Los Angeles 24, Seattle 6.
Green Bay – Fuck you Packers, we’re winning this one! With no time to prepare, and no time to fret over this 3-game losing streak, everyone will have written off the Seahawks by this point (if they haven’t already, like I have), and they’ll come out like a ball of lightning. Seattle 36, Green Bay 28.
@ Carolina – Fuck you Panthers, we’re winning this one too! One of those old school grudge matches. Seattle 17, Carolina 13.
San Francisco – Fuck you 49ers, we’re also winning this one! You don’t think the fans in this one are going to be fucking insane? With all day to drink and stew over the return of Richard Sherman? With the Seahawks and 49ers likely to be pretty close to one another in record (and probably fighting over the same Wild Card spot)? I see a touchdown being scored on Sherm and I see the Seahawks running away with this one. Seattle 26, San Francisco 10.
Minnesota – Here’s where the winning streak comes to an end. Too much defense with these Vikings. I think we hold our own against Cousins and their offense, but it won’t be enough. Minnesota 13, Seattle 3.
@ San Francisco – We’re dropping this one too. The 49ers are probably better than the Seahawks right now, and this will put them over the top. San Francisco 19, Seattle 16.
Kansas City – I like this one to be a win. First year starter at quarterback, who knows if he’ll hold up let alone be any good? I think the Seahawks impose their will on the ground and grind out a close one. Seattle 24, Kansas City 23.
Arizona – Who will be Arizona’s starting quarterback by week 17? Not Sam Bradford, that’s for damn sure! The Cards will be falling apart by this point and the Seahawks will cruise. Seattle 30, Arizona 10.
Any way you slice it, that’s 8-8. They’ll be a streaky team, they’ll deflate us, then get our hopes up, then break our hearts again. Wake me when it’s 2019.