It’s here! Tonight (Thursday, April 19th) at 8 PM ET on NFL Network and ESPN, we’ll have the full release of the 2018 NFL Regular Season schedule. Let’s not kid ourselves though, a ton of the important info will be leaked hours in advance, because why on earth would you watch talking heads dissect December matchups before the NFL Draft has even started?
Anyway, this post contains everything from rumored dates and times across the league, any pertinent Seahawks news, strength-of-schedule, and more. When the Seahawks schedule is out, that will come in a separate article.
Seahawks strength-of-schedule ranking
The Seahawks have the fifth toughest schedule based on the win-loss record of their 2017 opponents. I mean, on the surface it sounds meaningful, but Seattle had the 25th ranked SOS last year and we know how that turned out. As always, beware that some great teams are destined to fall off for whatever reason, while some lousy teams will emerge and have respectable to terrific seasons.
What we know about the Seahawks schedule
- Almost guaranteed to open the season on the road. The Mariners are home on September 9th, so unless the Seahawks play a Monday night game, it’ll be a road trip to start the year, just like it was in 2017.
- They’re going to London. Seattle at Oakland is going to be in London on October 14th, with a 10 AM PT kickoff, so a game that would ordinarily be 1 PM PT is actually an “early game.”
- A maximum of four games will be 10 AM kickoffs. Denver is in the mountain time zone, so that has to kick off at no earlier than 1 PM PT. That leaves you with the already-confirmed Raiders game, plus the Bears, Lions, and Panthers.
Seahawks confirmations, rumors, and leaks
Report: Seahawks at Bears on Monday Night Football for Week 2
WGN's Harry Teinowitz released details of this year's schedule for the Bears in a series of tweets.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) April 19, 2018
According to the story Bears at Cardinals week 3... pic.twitter.com/CXrd0wXDbk
Report: Vikings at Seahawks on Monday Night Football for Week 14
Hearing Vikings at Hawks MNF 12/10.— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) April 19, 2018
NFL schedule confirmations, rumors, and leaks
Report: Patriots to host Texans in Week 1
Patriots vs. Texans in Foxboro on September 9th. 1pm Kick.— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) April 19, 2018
Report: Falcons at Saints on Thanksgiving
The Saints also host the Falcons on Thanksgiving, I’m told.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 19, 2018
Report: More Patriots schedule info leaked
Week 1: vs. Texans Week 2: at JAX Week 3: at DET Week 4: vs. Miami— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) April 19, 2018
The Patriots will visit the Titans on Sunday November 11th. 1pm Kickoff— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) April 19, 2018
Should be interesting when the Bills host the Patriots at 10/29 at 8:15pm— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) April 19, 2018
Report: Saints at Vikings on Sunday Night Football on 10/28
#Saints play the Vikings on the road on Sunday Night Football on Oct. 28, according to a source— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) April 19, 2018
Report: Full NY Jets schedule
Report: Broncos-49ers for Dec. 9
Per a league source, the Broncos will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara on Dec. 9.@BSNDenver— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) April 19, 2018
Report: Falcons at Eagles starts the season
Leak: Tampa Bay Buccaneers home schedule
Sure enough, this is (mistakenly) posted on Bucs’ official site right now. Would have home opener in Week 2 vs. defending champion Eagles. pic.twitter.com/ykcZKKikQS— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 19, 2018
Report: Patriots at Lions on Sunday Night Football for Week 3
SNF— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) April 19, 2018
Leak: Full Patriots schedule
Here’s the Patriots’ full regular-season schedule: pic.twitter.com/kzCGq8Ynef— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 19, 2018
Leak: Full Giants schedule