In today's press conference at the NFL ownership meetings in Dana Point, Calif., league commissioner Roger Goodell announced the national TV schedule for Week 1, along with the Thanksgiving Day games.
The defending Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, will open the season by hosting the Tennessee Titans in a Thursday night game on Sept. 10th. The Super Bowl champion has hosted the first regular season game since 2004.
The Green Bay Packers will host the Chicago Bears in the Sunday night game on NBC.
And the Monday night doubleheader will be an AFC affair, with the Buffalo Bills traveling to New England to take on the Patriots, and the Oakland Raiders hosting the San Diego Chargers. Both games will be televised on ESPN.
The Thanksgiving Day games include an NFC North meeting between the Packers and host Detroit Lions on FOX. Detroit Lions. The Oakland Raiders will visit Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders' first Thanksgiving game since 1970. That game will be shown on CBS.
The Thanksgiving night game will be on the NFL Network with the New York Giants visiting the Denver Broncos, marking the first Thanksgiving contest in Denver since 1963.
The rest of the NFL schedule will be announced in April, but Seattle's opponents for 2009 have already been determined.
Home games: Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Titans, Bucs, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers.
Road games: Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Cowboys, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers.
Of note: After playing four games in the Eastern time zone last season, all losses, Seattle only plays one game in the Eastern time zone in 2009, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Goodell did touch on the possibility of adding a 17 and 18th regular season game, but said that probably would not happen in the near future because of the upcoming negotiations on a new CBA with the NFLPA.