On Wednesday evening NFL Football fans across the country got a solid look at the who, what and finally the when of the 2014 NFL Season. Following months of waiting Seattle Seahawks fans should be excited and also somewhat disappointed in how things fell into place with the 2014 NFL Schedule. On the other hand if your are a Chip Kelly/Philadelphia Eagles fan there is a new Thanksgiving tradition this season and it involves a team in Dallas. More on that in a bit, first the Seahawks.
Seattle starts the season at home, in fact it’s the first game of the year against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 4th. It is one of four nationally televised games in the schedule. The Seahawks will face Washington on the road(ESPN Monday Night), and Conference foes Arizona and San Francisco on the road(NBC Sunday Night). So essentially, outside of a ‘flexed’ game which this season can happen as early as Week 5, Pete Carroll and Company will see the primetime lights at home in the Great Northwest – just once to start the season.
According to a report the NFL does not seem too keen on Seattle and games in Primetime in 2014. The regular season comes to a close with Seattle playing their division foes, but two of the three games are at Qwest Field according to the 2014 NFL Schedule.
Outside of the Primetime window the Seahawks have a tough opening stretch of the season seeing the Packers, visiting San Diego and returning home for a Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos. They also travel to Kansas City and Carolina before returning home for a ‘gimmie’ against the St Louis Rams. Not a bad schedule, but a rough start could bring a quick end to the hopes of many for the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. The other team of note, Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles have plenty of opportunities in the spotlight if we look at their schedule.
The 2014 NFL Schedule was kinder to Philadelphia who have five games in the Primetime spotlight(I am including Thanksgiving Day in there). The first is away at Indianapolis, followed by hosting the New York Giants(NBC Sunday Night), Carolina(ESPN Monday Night) and Dallas(NBC Sunday Night) all in the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field. The game with the Seahawks in Philly is slated for December 7th at 1:25 PT on FOX. Simiar to Seattle, Nick Foles and Company close the season against their division opponents, two of them on the road.
I will be interested in watching the referees in the first game to see if there is a repeat of the debacle of 2012 between Seattle and Green Bay. Will Cornerback Richard Sherman have anything to say if Seattle beats Green Bay? How about if they loose? We all now have some time to digest what is to come for both Philadelphia and Seattle.
The season officially begins on September 4th and Qwest Field will be rockin’.