Seahawks open regular season at Green Bay; play 4 prime-time games

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 23, 2017

The Green Bay Packers' schedule was released last night, and although the schedule doesn't look too tough for the Packers, there are still some very challenging opponents that the team will face next season.

Come back here later Thursday for the full schedule. This will be the third consecutive year in which the Packers have hosted the Seahawks, with Green Bay winning 27-17 in Week 2 of the 2015 season and 38-10 in Week 13 of last season. Defensively they are not almost as good as Seattle is, but they are improving.

That remains the only time since 2010 - Pete Carroll and John Schneider's first season as Seattle's coach and general manager - that the Seahawks have started a season at home.

The four prime-time games consist of two Sunday night affairs - home against Indianapolis on October 1 and Philadelphia on December 3 - a Thursday night game at Arizona on November 9 and a Monday nighter at home against the defending NFC champion Falcons on November 20. That worked out fine a year ago.

The first quarter of the season ends with a Sunday night game at home against the Colts. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Maybe one of the two teams can score a touchdown this year in Glendale when the Seahawks and Cardinals face off in Seattle's one Thursday night appearance in 2017.

The Packers will also be able to see old friend and new foe Eddie Lacy early in the season.

The Packers TV Network extends into every television market in Wisconsin, including TODAY'S TMJ4 sister station NBC26 (WGBA-TV) in Green Bay. It makes the fourth time in the last six years that the Packers will open their season against an NFC West team.

The Packers are 24-11 in Sunday night games, 31-31-1 in Monday night games and 6-4 in Thursday night games.

Maybe the thing that will please coach Mike McCarthy the most about the schedule will be the Week 8 bye.

Last year, the Packers caught five interceptions from Russell Wilson in what was one of the Seattle quarterback's worst games of his career.

This is the second time these teams have met in a season opener.

The Packers will play three of their first four games at home, then close with five of their last eight games on the road. The Packers went on the road in Week 17 a year ago and beat the Lions, 31-24, to clinch the NFC North. It's also just the second time since 2007 that the Packers have opened their season at home during the day. However, there is a bye in between, meaning the Seahawks won't play road games in consecutive weeks, something that has not happened in any Seahawks season going back to 1990.

Their home games will be against Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Seattle.

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