This may be something I delve a little deeper into at some point soon, but I was making some notes today comparing Seattle's schedule to San Francisco's, and here's what I came up with.
Cliffnotes: They're pretty similar in difficulty.
San Francisco hosts the Falcons & Panthers, while the Seahawks go on the road for both.
San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers & New Orleans to play the Saints, while the Seahawks get both at home.
Analysis: I'd call this a push. Seattle has to play Atlanta on the road but the Niners have to play the Saints on the road. It's my opinion that the Saints will be better this year than they were last year, but that could be a stretch. Also, it's my opinion that the Bucs will be a lot better this year as well, comparable at least to the Panthers, so that's a wash as well. Overall - the NFC South should be really good as a division, so Seattle and San Francisco share that burden. I guess Atlanta is probably the favorite at this point, so Seattle may have a slight disadvantage here.
Seattle at Colts & Texans, San Francisco hosts both.
Seattle hosts the Jags & Titans, San Francisco plays away at both.
I'd call this a pretty distinct advantage for the Niners. The Colts and Texans will almost surely be tougher road games for the Hawks than the Jags and Titans will be for the Niners.
San Fran plays at the Redskins, while Seattle plays at the Giants (NFC East).
The Niners host the Packers, while the Seahawks host the Vikings (NFC North).
I'd say Seattle gets the nod here. The Redskins will likely get RG3 back by Week 12, so when San Francisco plays them, it should be a tough matchup. Meanwhile, Seattle will play at New York - which is no easy feat, and with Eli Manning, you just never know what you'll get. If he's on, it's going to be a very tough game, but if he's not - Seattle could be in good shape.
As for the NFC North, yes, I'd rather face the Vikings at home than the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and whatnot.
SF has last two of three on the road, Seattle finishes last two at home.
Seattle has the advantage of finishing the year with two out of three games at home - including two straight home games against the Cardinals then Rams, while San Francisco plays two of three on the road - at Tampa Bay, at home against Atlanta, then on the road at Arizona (which is harder than you'd imagine). The final stretch is going to be insane, but I'll take the final two games at the CLink.
SEA five 10:00am games - CAR, HOU, IND, ATL, NYG
SFO two 10:00am games - JAX, TBB
You either believe this is a real issue or you don't. I don't want to get into it here, but Seattle has five 10:00AM road games to San Francisco's two. That's a distinct advantage or it's not an advantage, depending on where you stand on that factor.
Both teams (push): Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Matt Schaub, Blaine Gabbert(?), Jake Locker, Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Sam Bradford, Carson Palmer, and (Kaepernick or Wilson).
Niners: Robert Griffin, Aaron Rodgers
Hawks: Christian Ponder, Eli Manning
Advantage Hawks, I would think.
|1||@ Carolina Panthers, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|2||San Francisco 49ers, Sunday Night Football on NBC|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:25 PST, CBS|
|4||@ Houston Texans, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|5||@ Indianapolis Colts, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|6||Tennessee Titans, 1:05 PM PST, CBS|
|7||@ Arizona Cardinals, Thursday Night Football|
|8||@ St. Louis Rams, Monday Night Football|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:05 PM PST, FOX|
|10||@ Atlanta Falcons, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|11||Minnesota Vikings, 1:25 PM PST, FOX|
|13||New Orleans Saints, Monday Night Football|
|14||@ San Francisco 49ers, 1:25 PM PST, FOX|
|15||@ New York Giants, 10 AM PST, FOX|
|16||Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 PM PST, FOX|
|17||St. Louis Rams, 1:25 PM PST, FOX|
Week 1: vs Green Bay Packers - Sunday, September 8, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 2: @ Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. NBC
Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts - Sunday, September 22, 1:25 p.m. CBS
Week 4: @ St. Louis Rams - Thursday, September 26, 5:25 p.m. NFL Network
Week 5: vs. Houston Texans - Sunday, October 6, 5:30 p.m. NBC
Week 6: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, October 13, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 7: @ Tennessee Titans - Sunday, October 20, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 8: @ Jacksonville Jaguars (in London) - Sunday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: vs. Carolina Panthers - Sunday, November 10, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 11: @ New Orleans Saints - Sunday, November 17, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 12: @ Washington Redskins - Monday, November 25, 5:40 p.m. ESPN
Week 13: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday, December 1, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, December 8, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 15: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons - Monday, December 23, 5:40 p.m. ESPN
Week 17: @ Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, December 29, 1:25 p.m. FOX