Seahawks 2020 schedule released

Seahawks 2020 schedule released
Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson before a game against the Carolina Panthers. (Getty Images)

SEATTLE — The NFL released a full 16-game schedule for all 32 teams Thursday as questions about the 2020 season remain due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The NFL has not yet determined if or how the 2020 season will be affected by the pandemic.

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Seahawks 2020 regular season schedule:

If the 2020 season goes on as normal, here’s who the Seahawks will play:

Week 1 (9/13): Away vs. Atlanta Falcons - 10 a.m. PDT

The Seahawks will begin the season on the road for the 14th time in the last 21 seasons. Last year, the Seahawks beat the Falcons 27-20 in Atlanta. The season-opener will be the first of four 10 a.m. kickoffs for the Seahawks during the 2020 season.

Week 2 (9/20): Home vs. New England Patriots - 5:20 p.m. PDT (Sunday Night Football)

The Patriots will come to Seattle for the first time since 2012 -- when Russell Wilson was a rookie. However, this time they’ll be without Tom Brady. The game will be the first of four prime-time games for the Seahawks during the 2020 NFL Season.

Week 3 (9/27): Home vs. Dallas Cowboys - 1:25 p.m. PDT

New head coach Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys will come to Seattle with a high-flying offense featuring Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and Amari Cooper.

Week 4 (10/4): Away vs. Miami Dolphins - 10 a.m. PDT

The Seahawks will go to Miami for the first time since 2012 -- also during Russell Wilson’s rookie season. The game will be the second of four 10 a.m. kickoffs for the Seahawks during the 2020 season.

Week 5 (10/11): Home vs. Minnesota Vikings - 5:20 p.m. PDT (Sunday Night Football)

For the third year in a row, the Seahawks will host Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings in prime-time. The game will be the second of four prime-time games for the Seahawks during the 2020 season.

Week 6 – BYE

Week 7 (10/25): Away vs. Arizona Cardinals - 1:05 p.m. PDT

Following the bye, the Seahawks will head to Arizona to take on Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and the Cardinals. The Seahawks have a 7-3 record under head coach Pete Carroll when coming off of a bye.

Week 8 (11/1): Home vs. San Francisco 49ers - 1:25 p.m. PST

The San Francisco 49ers, and reigning NFC Champions will come to Seattle for the first time since last year’s dramatic week 17 victory that won them the NFC West.

Week 9 (11/8): Away vs. Buffalo Bills - 10 a.m. PST

The Seahawks will play in Buffalo for the first time since 2008. Seattle was set to play the Bills on the road in 2012, but the game was played in Toronto -- the Seahawks won that game 50-17. The game will be the third 10 a.m. kickoff for the Seahawks during the 2020 season.

Week 10 (11/15): Away vs. Los Angeles Rams - 1:25 p.m. PST

For the first time, the Seahawks will play at new SoFi Stadium -- the new Inglewood home of the Rams and Chargers. The Seahawks lost on the road against the Rams last year 28-12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Week 11 (11/19): Home vs. Arizona Cardinals - 5:20 p.m. PST (Thursday Night Football)

The Seahawks will return home to play the Arizona Cardinals in their third prime-time, and first Thursday night, game of the season. The Seahawks lost at home against the Cardinals last year 27-13.

Week 12 (11/30): Away vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 5:15 p.m. PST (Monday Night Football)

The Seahawks will travel to Philadelphia for their final prime-time game of the season to take on the Eagles. The Seahawks won two games in Philadelphia (one regular season and one playoff) last year.

Week 13 (12/6): Home vs. New York Giants - 1:05 p.m. PST

The Seahawks will host the New York Giants for the first time since 2014. The Giants, led by first-time head coach Joe Judge, feature an offense led by Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley and former Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate.

Week 14 (12/13): Home vs. New York Jets - 1:05 p.m. PST

Facing a New York team for the second straight week, the game will be the Jets first visit to Seattle since 2012. The Seahawks have not lost to the Jets since 2004.

Week 15 (12/20): Away vs. Washington Redskins - 10 a.m. PST

The Seahawks final 10 a.m. kickoff of the 2020 season will be in Maryland against the Washington Redskins. It will be the first trip the Seahawks have made to FedEx field since 2014.

Week 16 (12/27): Home vs. Los Angeles Rams - 1:05 p.m. PST

The Seahawks final home game of the regular season will come against the Rams. Last year, the Seahawks beat the Rams 30-29 at home on Thursday Night Football.

Week 17 (1/3): Away vs. San Francisco 49ers - 1:25 p.m. PST

For the second straight season, the Seahawks will finish the regular season against the 49ers - but this time it will be in Santa Clara. Seattle won last year’s road game against the 49ers 27-24 on Monday Night Football.

Seahawks 2020 Preseason Schedule

The NFL also on Thursday announced the Seahawks 2020 preseason schedule. However, dates are still to be determined.

If the 2020 preseason is played as normal, here’s who the Seahawks will play:

Preseason Week 1

Home vs. Las Vegas Raiders - Date: TBD

Preseason Week 2

Away vs. Houston Texans - Date: TBD

Preseason Week 3:

Home vs. Los Angeles Chargers - Date: TBD

Preseason Week 4:

Away vs. Minnesota Vikings - Date: TBD

How the regular season schedule is made:

The NFL implemented a scheduling formula in 2002 that allows for future opponents to be known as soon as a regular season ends.

Here’s a breakdown of the formula:

  • Each team plays home and away against its three division opponents (six games)
  • Each team plays four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games). The Seahawks will play the NFC East this year.
  • Each team plays the four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games). The Seahawks will play the AFC East this year.
  • Each team plays two intraconference games, based on the prior year’s standings (two games). The games are played against the two divisions the team is not scheduled to play. The Seahawks finished last season in second place in the NFC West and will play the Vikings, second place in the NFC North, and the Falcons, second place in the NFC South.