The Seahawks opening the 2015 season with two roads games has a positive flip side: only the second three-game homestand in a regular season since 2004.
The two-time defending NFC champions will open on the road at division rival St. Louis on Sept. 13 and with a rematch of January's conference championship on Sept. 20 at Green Bay in a Sunday-night showcase game on NBC.
The Seahawks' home opener is Sept. 27 against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field.
On Oct. 4, the fourth Sunday of the regular season, the NFL was pinched into having to keep the Seahawks from a home game. That's because the Seattle Sounders of Major League Socccer are already scheduled for a game at CenturyLink Field that night, plus Major League Baseball's Mariners have a home game next door that afternoon. So instead of putting the NFC's Super Bowl the last two seasons on the road three times in four weeks to begin the season, the league gave Seattle a home Monday night game for that Week 4 against Detroit on ESPN.
That's one of five primetime games the Seahawks have on their 2015 schedule. The others: a Thursday night at San Francisco in Week 7, home on a Sunday night against another NFC West rival Arizona in Week 10 and at Baltimore on another Sunday night for Week 14.
They'll take Baltimore in mid-December and Green Bay in early September.
The team's bye is almost perfect in terms of equitability, halfway through the season in Week 9, over the weekend of Nov. 8 between a game at Dallas and the home game with the Cardinals. Last year Seattle's bye was at the most challenging: the earliest possible date, following the third game.
Based upon the records from last season for their foes in 2015, the Seahawks have the league’s fourth-toughest schedule. The top five: Pittsburgh (whose 2015 foes had a .578 combined winning percentage in ’14), Cincinnati (.563), San Francisco (.561), Seattle (.559) and Arizona (.557).