Now that Russell Wilson has signed a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, we can focus our attention on other things like the NFL regular season schedule, which is set to be released on Wednesday, April 17th at 8 PM ET.
Sensible people like us know that in this era of social media and insider sources who can spit things out like rapid fire, we are going to have many pieces of the puzzle filled out before the “official” release on ESPN and NFL Network, who will then take up an absurd amount of time analyzing matchups that are so far in advance that the NFL Draft hasn’t even happened yet. If that sounds familiar, it’s because I used a variation of this line last year and it still rings true in 2019.
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. And please do not source anything from this Twitter account, which was in a trolling mood.
Seahawks Opponents 2019
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Seahawks strength-of-schedule ranking
Based on the 2018 win-loss record of their 2019 opponents, the Seahawks have the seventh-easiest schedule. Seattle had the seventh-easiest SOS in 2017... that didn’t work out so well. 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 at home. The Mariners and Sounders are not playing in Seattle on the first Sunday of the regular season, so that theoretically paves the way for the Seahawks’ first Week 1 home opener since 2016.
- They’re not going to London or Mexico City this year. All of the London and Mexico City games are finalized, and the Seahawks aren’t involved.
- A maximum of five games will be 10 AM kickoffs. All of the Seahawks’ non-divisional opponents are in the central or eastern time zones, so they’re all eligible to be 10 AM games. Hopefully the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are high-profile matchups (on paper!) that warrant a primetime or late-afternoon appearance.
Seahawks confirmations, rumors, and leaks
Report: Saints at Seahawks, 1:25 PM PT in Week 3
So, a full #Saints schedule looks like:— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) April 17, 2019
W1: HOU (MNF)
W2: at LAR (late FOX)
W3: at SEA (late)
W4: DAL (SNF)
W6: at JAX
W7: at CHI (late)
W13: at ATL (Thanksgiving)
W15: IND (MNF)
W16: at TEN
NFL schedule confirmations, rumors, and leaks
Week 1 Thursday night opener: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears; New England Patriots to play on Sunday Night Football
Confirmation: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington in Week 1, at Atlanta Falcons for Week 2 on Sunday Night Football
#Eagles to host Washington Redskins in season opener. More on their 2019 schedule: https://t.co/oosKLoKr8L— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 17, 2019
Report: Week 1 - Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Pats open at home against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 17, 2019
Report: Week 16 - Sunday Night Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
Mentor vs Protégé-— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) April 17, 2019
Andy Reid's Kansas City #Chiefs will be playing Matt Nagy's Chicago #Bears week 16 (December 22) on Sunday Night Football.
Report: Week 8 - Monday Night Football: Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
Dolphins get a Monday night game! At Steelers on Oct. 28, per source.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) April 17, 2019
Report: Week 8 - Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football
Huge primetime showdown in October — the Chiefs are hosting the Packers on Oct. 27 on Sunday Night Football, I'm told. Mahomes vs. Rodgers.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 17, 2019
Report: Week 14 - Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football
Here's a juicy matchup:— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) April 17, 2019
Thursday Night Football on Fox, December 5 (week 14):
Dallas #Cowboys at Chicago #Bears
Report: Week 1 - Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders in 2nd half of Monday Night Football doubleheader
Brandon Marshall will no doubt be excited about this: League source says Broncos will open at Oakland on Monday night. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 17, 2019
Report: Week 3 - Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns on Sunday Night Football
A #Rams and #Browns schedule nugget — Rams visit Cleveland on Week 3 for Sunday Night Football on 9/22.— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) April 17, 2019