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Seahawks 2014 schedule

Here it is:

Home games in bold.

Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay, 5:30 p.m.

Week 2: Sept. 14, at San Diego, 1:05 p.m.

Week 3: Sept. 21, vs. Denver, 1:25 p.m.

Week 4: Bye

Week 5: Monday, Oct. 6, at Washington, 5:30 p.m.

Week 6: Oct. 12, vs. Dallas, 1:25 p.m.

Week 7: Oct. 19, at St. Louis, 10 a.m.

Week 8: Oct. 26, at Carolina, 10 a.m.

Week 9: Nov. 2, vs. Oakland, 1:25 p.m.

Week 10: Nov. 9, vs. New York Giants, 1:25 p.m.

Week 11: Nov. 16, at Kansas City, 10 a.m.

Week 12: Nov. 23, vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.

Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 27 at San Francisco, 5:30 p.m.

Week 14: Dec. 7, at Philadelphia, 1:25 p.m.

Week 15: Dec. 14, vs. San Francisco, 1:25 p.m.

Week 16: Dec. 21, at Arizona, 5:30 p.m.

Week 17: Dec. 28, vs. St. Louis, 1:25 p.m.

A further look:

Division gamesWeek 13, Nov. 27 at San Francisco 49ersWeek 15, Dec. 14 vs. San Francisco 49ersOverview: Harbaugh. Kaepernick. Khakis. Rivalry. Arguably the NFL’s best rivalry will have another full round in 2014 in Weeks 13 and 15 and a massive game on Thanksgiving day. This will be the fourth time in franchise history the Seahawks play on Thanksgiving day. Richard Sherman will withstand a week’s worth of questions about Michael Crabtree. The offseason incident in Miami involving Colin Kaepernick and Ricardo Lockette will come up again. There will be swearing, booing, sideline freakouts from coaches and hitting. Lots of hitting. As former boxing referee Mills Lane said, “Let’s get it on!”

Week 12, Nov. 23 vs. Arizona CardinalsWeek 16, Dec. 21 at Arizona CardinalsOverview: The Cardinals are the only team to win in CenturyLink Field the last two years. They are also an up-and-coming threat in football’s toughest division, the NFC West. Arizona held the Seahawks to just 10 points in a 17-10 Week 16 win in Seattle last year. Despite that, and a 10-6 record, Arizona did not make the playoffs. Its defense is not far behind Seattle’s, but Arizona needs to find more production from its running backs. Also, leading tackler and middle linebacker Karlos Dansby left in free agency to join the Cleveland Browns.

Week 7, Oct. 19 at St. Louis RamsWeek 17, Dec. 28 vs. St. Louis RamsOverview: There were a trio of games last season it can be argued the Seahawks should not have won. Perhaps the leader of those was the win in St. Louis. Golden Tate’s 80-yard touchdown salvaged a game during which Wilson was terrorized by Rams ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to return to his starting position after missing half of last season because of a torn ACL. The Rams also have 12 picks in the upcoming draft, including Nos. 2 and 13 overall.

Non-division home gamesWeek 1, Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay PackersOverview: With quarterback Aaron Rodgers back healthy, the Packers should be back in the mix in the NFC North a season after winning it with an 8-7-1 record. Green Bay finished last season with a negative point differential. It was third in total yards, however, and tied Seattle for eighth in points per game. The Packers countered those points with an abysmal defense that tied for 24th in points allowed. The Seahawks are 6-8 all-time versus the Packers. You may remember the last game between the two. Golden Tate and disgruntled Green Bay fans sure do.

Week 3, Sept. 21 vs. Denver Broncos Overview:

Week 6, Oct. 12 vs. Dallas CowboysOverview: The Cowboys come to Seattle in their usual state of desperation. After finishing 8-8 last season, Dallas missed the playoffs. Much like the Packers, there are recent bad memories in CenturyLink Field for quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys. In 2007, Romo botched the hold on a potential game-winning field goal from 19 yards away in a 21-20 Seattle Wild-Card playoff win. The teams have played three times since, most recently Sept. 16, 2012, when the Seahawks put together an easy 27-7 win. Wide receiver Dez Bryant will be a load for the Seahawks’ secondary. He has the mouth and antics to match Richard Sherman.

Week 9, Nov. 2 vs. OaklandOverview: Like Eli Manning, new quarterback Oakland quarterback Matt Schaub doesn’t have good memories from last season. Richard Sherman picked off a pass in the flat from Schaub and returned it for a touchdown to tie a game the Seahawks were battered in for most of the day. Stephen Hauschka kicked a field goal in overtime to win it. The Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002.

Week 10, Nov. 9 vs. New York Giants Overview:

Non-division road gamesWeek 2, Sept. 14 at San Diego ChargersOverview: Philip Rivers will get to go at the Seahawks’ secondary. The Chargers were 11th in points allowed per game and tied for 12th in points scored per game last season.

Week 5, Oct. 6 at Washington RedskinsOverview: Dysfunction in the nation’s capitol is not restricted to Congress, though they provide a daily how-to. The Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder have their own problems. Gone is strong-willed head coach Mike Shanahan. Remaining is quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was part of the best young quarterback discussion at the start of last season. That was before his completion rate was just 60.2 percent and he threw 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. This season, he inherits DeSean Jackson’s personality and elite physical ability as part of the Redskins’ passing game. It’s been almost a decade since the Seahawks were last in D.C. They lost in overtime, 20-17, Oct. 2, 2005 after kicker Josh Brown hit the left upright on the last play of regulation and the Redskins’ Nick Novak kicked a 35-yard field goal in overtime to win it.

Week 8,  Oct. 26, at Carolina PanthersOverview: A rematch of one of the biggest grinds from last season. Earl Thomas came up with a late strip to stop the Panthers and Jermaine Kearse surprised everyone when he caught a 43-yard touchdown up the sideline for the go-ahead score. That completion actually foreshadowed a season of big plays for Kearse, which included a touchdown on 4th-and-7 in the NFC title game, plus a pinballing score in the Super Bowl. The Panthers will be without wideout Steve Smith for the first time in 13 seasons.

Week 11, Nov. 16 at Kansas City ChiefsOverview: It will be loud in Kansas City when two of the NFL’s top defenses play. The Chiefs wilted last season after winning their first nine games. Kansas City was just 2-5 to close the regular season, then lost a wild-card playoff game at Indianapolis.

Week 14, Dec. 7 at Philadelphia EaglesOverview: Pete Carroll’s defense vs. Chip Kelly’s offense. The national title is on the line. Sorry, wrong level of football. Regardless, it will be intriguing to see how these two scheme for each other. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had one of the most accurate seasons in NFL history last year when he threw for 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Eagles cut dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the offseason. The Seahawks last played at Philadelphia on Nov. 2, 2008 and lost, 26-7.

The Seahawks’ opponents in 2014 were 143-112-1 (.561) last season.