John McGrath of The News Tribune begrudgingly gives the NFL props for dominating the sports news cycle in the middle of April with the league’s annual schedule release.
Of course, like several others he points out the waste of time three-hour shows devoted to the schedule by ESPN and the NFL Network have become.
But McGrath also gives us an early break down of Seattle’s schedule, and he believes the Seahawks’ fate will be decided in the final four games.
McGrath: The second quarter is tough. It calls for three on the road (at Carolina, at San Francisco, at St. Louis), with the only home game against the Patriots on Oct. 14.
“The third quarter is a mixed bag: home for the Vikings and the mood-swinging, soap-opera troupe that is the Jets, followed by an ideally placed open date – in the middle of the season – before the Seahawks take their talents to South Beach and play the Dolphins. Then it’s on to Chicago on Dec. 2 for the only potentially inclement-weather date on the road.”
Will Brinson of CBS Sports puts two Seattle games on his 10 worst games of 2012 list – Seattle at Buffalo on Dec. 16, and Minnesota at Seattle on Nov. 4.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers his thoughts on the Seahawks schedule.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Seattle’s schedule.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides a report on Day 2 of Seattle’s conditioning program, which includes a photo of Marshawn Lynch doing bicep curls with a ski mask on.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports notes the Bills have yet to win in Toronto since striking a deal to play there every year in 2008.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated puts Seattle’s contest against Green Bay as his can’t miss game for Week 3.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network picks the Patriots to win the AFC and the Packers to win the NFC after taking an early look at the schedule.
Chris Case of Yahoo Sports writes that the Pittsburgh Steelers throwback uniforms appear to be inspired by bumble bees.