We’re just a few hours away from the full release of the 2019 NFL regular season schedule, but the leaks are aplenty and that means we get to spend an entire day putting together the pieces of the puzzle without tuning into ESPN and NFL Network.
The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to start Week 1 at home on September 8th, and through process of elimination from various reports, we know it won’t be the San Francisco 49ers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers (they play each other in Tampa in Week 1), Baltimore Ravens (at Miami Dolphins), or New Orleans Saints (home vs. Houston Texans on Monday Night Football).
So that leaves us with the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, and Cincinnati Bengals. As it turns out, process of elimination is how we’ll reportedly get the Bengals as the season opener.
The Bengals’ first Sunday has to be on the road due to the MLB’s Reds being home that afternoon. Jay Morrison, Cincinnati Bengals reporter for The Athletic, did the legwork and revealed these were the only options for Cincy’s first matchup.
So, barring a crazy, unlikely decision to put the #Bengals on MNF in Week 1, that leaves four options for the opener: At Seattle, At Miami, At Buffalo or At Cleveland.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) April 17, 2019
Since that tweet, it’s been reported that the Browns will host the Tennessee Titans, the Dolphins as mentioned already are going to play the Ravens, and the Bills are going to be at the New York Jets. By default, this means it’ll be Bengals at Seahawks, likely at 1:05 PM PT on CBS.
The Seahawks haven’t had a home opener since the 2016 season, when they beat the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 12-10. After a 6-10 campaign, Cincinnati finally moved on from Marvin Lewis and have former Los Angeles Rams assistant Zac Taylor in charge. The last time the Bengals played the Seahawks back in 2015, they rallied past Seattle 27-24 in overtime after the Seahawks blew a 24-7 lead. They are one of two teams that Seattle has never beaten under Russell Wilson.
You can find out the full Seahawks’ schedule at 5 PM PT.