The league just released the NFL regular season schedule, which you can view here.
For the first time in three years the Seattle Seahawks were scheduled for a nationally televised, regular season game.
The Seahawks have a Thursday night contest on the NFL Network at home against Philadelphia on Dec. 1, and then the following week host St. Louis in a Monday night contest on Dec. 12 on ESPN.
The Seahawks had no scheduled nationally televised games in 2009 and 2010, and just two in 2008, Mike Holmgren’s last as head coach in Seattle – a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas and a Sunday night tilt in Tampa.
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The Seahawks regular season finale last season against St. Louis last year was flexed into the schedule for a national audience on NBC with the NFC West title on the line.
Seattle opens the season Sunday, Sept. 11 on the road against San Francisco, followed by games at Pittsburgh, at home against Arizona and Atlanta, and then on the road at the N.Y. Giants before getting a bye at week six, Sunday Oct. 16.
Seattle then finishes the season at Cleveland, at home against Cincinnati, at Dallas, at home against Baltimore, at St. Louis, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, at Chicago, San Francisco and the final game on the road against Arizona.
Due to winning the NFC West division title last year, head coach Pete Carroll will have a tougher schedule than last year. Seattle had the third-easiest schedule heading into the 2010 season. This year, the Seahawks have the 24th hardest schedule, with a cumulative opponents’ record of 125-131.
Seattle will travel a total distance of 26,918 miles. Only San Francisco (29,196) travels more.
Also, the Seahawks have five 10 a.m. Pacific time start times this year, something they’ve struggled with in terms of getting wins in the past.
The league kicks off the 2011 season with a meeting between the last two Super Bowl champions in the Sept. 8 NFL Kickoff Game.
The Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, will play host to the New Orleans Saints, who topped the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, at 8:30 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field in a nationally televised Thursday game on NBC.
Here’s a blow-by-blow look at the 2011 Seahawks schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 11, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Hawks looking to erase ugly 40-21 loss at Candlestick Park last year.
Sunday, Sept. 18, Seattle at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. (FOX)The Skinny: The Hawks lost 21-0 in their last contest on the road against the Steelers in 2007.
Sunday, Sept. 25, Arizona at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Hawks face new Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, Tacoma native Ray Horton for the first time.
Sunday, Oct. 2, Atlanta at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Hawks hope to do better than 34-18 loss at home to Falcons last year.
Sunday, Oct. 9, Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Last time Hawks defeated Giants on the road was 1983.
Oct. 16, BYE
Sunday, Oct. 23, Seattle at Cleveland, 10 a.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Hawks face former head coach Mike Holmgren, now the Browns’ team president, for the first time.
Sunday, Oct. 30, Cincinnati at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (CBS)The Skinny: Bengals haven’t won in Seattle since 1994; Hawks have taken seven of the last 10 contests.
Sunday, Nov. 6, Seattle at Dallas, 10 a.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Cowboys have won three of the last four against Seattle.
Sunday, Nov. 13, Baltimore at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)The Skinny: Talented Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis travels to Qwest Field for only the second time in his career; former Hawks’ corner Josh Wilson returns to Seattle.Sunday, Nov. 20, Seattle at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Hawks looking to re-establish dominance over Rams losing to them for the first time in 11 games.
Sunday, Nov. 27, Washington at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Seattle has lost five straight regular season contests against Redskins, though the Seahawks won two playoff games against Washington in that span.
Thursday, Dec. 1, Philadelphia at Seattle, 5:20 p.m. (NFLN)The Skinny: Eagles’ QB Michael Vick returns to Qwest Field for the first time since 2005.
Monday, Dec. 12, St. Louis at Seattle, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)The Skinny: Seattle hasn’t lost to St. Louis at Qwest Field since 2004.Sunday, Dec. 18, Seattle at Chicago, 10 a.m. (FOX) The Skinny: Hawks look to avenge last year’s NFC playoff loss in the Windy City.
Saturday, Dec. 24, San Francisco at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)The Skinny: Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and new 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh face off. The two were college rivals when Carroll was at USC and Harbaugh at Stanford.
Sunday, Jan. 1, Seattle at Arizona, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)Skinny: Seattle defeated Arizona by an average margin of 15 points a contest in two decisive wins last year.