Let the games begin

Before the announcement of the schedule I was willing to bet money that the Seattle Seahawks would host the Denver Broncos to open the NFL season.  Week two, in an unusual move, I expect the Seahawks to travel to San Francisco to open Levi Stadium against the 49ers.

In all actuality the Seahawks will host the Broncos in week 3 and will not play in Levi Stadium until Thanksgiving.

The NFL missed a golden opportunity to place the Super Bowl Champion in 2 epic match-ups to start the season. If I’m being honest it’s a very disappointing NFL Schedule for Seattle in 2014.  

The Seahawks got a dealt an awful hand by the schedule makers this season.

When analyzing a schedule I like to take the approach of breaking the season up into four quarters.

First Quarter

The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4, when they hosting the Green Bay Packers ( as stated above it should have been the Broncos).  

The game does have added interest as the Packers were the last defending Super Bowl Champion to win the NFL Kickoff Game.

The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4

The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4

Ten days later the Seahawks travel to Southern California to play the San Diego Super Chargers before heeding back home in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch with Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Unfortunately the Seahawks drew the short end of the stick when they were handed a week 4 bye.  Week 4 is the first week in the NFL schedule with a bye.

The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams join Seattle with a poor bye draw while the 49ers don’t have theirs until week 8.

That is quite a break for San Fran.

The Seahawks end their 1st quarter in Maryland against the Redskins.

Early prediction:  Seahawks open the season 3-1

Second Quarter

I guarantee Tony Romo was not happy when he looked at week 7 (Seahawks 6th game) and saw that he had to travel up to Seattle to play in CenturyLink Field.  

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