I wish we could be previewing the trilogy between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers this week, but instead we are forced to look towards next season. Oh well, such is life.
We know the Seahawks’ 2020 regular season opponents, but we won’t know the actual schedule until sometime in mid-April. Thanks to the already released schedules of the Seattle Mariners and defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders FC, we can piece together some info that will determine whether or not the Seahawks will play at home or on the road.
Week 1 is going to be a road game and there’s virtually no way around it. The Sounders have a home game at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, September 13th, and if you think the Seahawks can just have a Monday Night Football home game, the Mariners host the Padres at 7 PM PT. There’s a non-zero chance that the Seahawks could play at the 49ers on the opening Thursday, but nobody wants that because it means the Niners would go in as defending Super Bowl champions.
As for Week 2, the Mariners have home games on Thursday, September 17th and Sunday, September 20th. They could get a Monday Night Football appearance on the 21st, with no Mariners or Sounders games in the way.
Your best bet is Week 3, September 27th, when the Mariners and Sounders are on the road and the Seahawks can play at 1 PM or Sunday Night Football without any scheduling conflicts.
For the record, there won’t be a Seahawks home game on October 4th because the Sounders host Nashville SC, so unless they play Week 4 on Thursday or Monday, it’ll probably be three road games out of four to start next season.
This shouldn’t freak anyone out though, right? The Seahawks were 7-1 away from CenturyLink Field in 2019 and went 8-2 overall. Seattle has quietly been one of the best road teams ever since Russell Wilson was drafted. If you want to be concerned months in advance, sustained road success at that level is probably not something you can bank on year-to-year.
As a reminder, here are the Seahawks’ 2020 opponents.