The Seahawks' 2018 schedule was going to be tough enough given the sudden rise of their rivals in the NFC West. But the presence of the NFC North and the AFC West on Seattle's 2018 regular-season schedule makes it that much tougher.
The good news for the Seahawks as they look over their schedule for 2018: Most of their toughest opponents have to travel to Seattle. And one of their "away" opponents in 2018, the Raiders, will meet them in London for an October showdown. Neither West Coast team will be happy about that haul.
Below is a breakdown of the Seahawks' schedule in 2018.
Seahawks schedule 2018
Seahawks regular-season schedule
|Date||Opponent||Kickoff time||TV network|
|Sept. 9||at Denver Broncos||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Sept. 17||at Chicago Bears||8:15 p.m.||(ESPN)|
|Sept. 23||vs. Dallas Cowboys||4:25 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Sept. 30||at Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Oct. 7||vs. Los Angeles Rams||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Oct. 14||at Oakland Raiders (London)||1 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Oct. 28||at Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Nov. 4||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||4 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Nov. 11||at Los Angeles Rams||4:25 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Nov. 15||vs. Green Bay Packers||8:20 p.m.||(FOX/NFLN)|
|Nov. 25||at Carolina Panthers||1 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Dec. 2||vs. San Francisco 49ers||8:20 p.m.||(NBC)|
|Dec. 10||vs. Minnesota Vikings||8:15 p.m.||(ESPN)|
|Dec. 16||at San Francisco 49ers||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Dec. 23||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||8:20 p.m.||(NBC)|
|Dec. 30||vs. Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
Seahawks preseason schedule
|Week 1||Indianapolis||10 p.m.|
|Week 2||at LA Chargers||10 p.m.|
|Week 3||at Minnesota||8 p.m.|
|Week 4||Oakland||10 p.m.|
MORE 2018 NFL SCHEDULES:
Five preseason games worth watching
Nov. 15 vs. Green Bay Packers 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)
Toughest tests: The Cowboys, armed again with running back Ezekiel Elliott for a full season and a further developed QB in Dak Prescott, present the Seahawks a tough intraconference matchup, even though Dallas will have to travel to Seattle. The Seahawks also have to travel all the way to London for their October matchup against the Raiders.
Biggest breaks: For the most part, Seattle draws its toughest opponents (on paper) at home. The Seahawks also have to make just one trip to the East Coast in 2018 — their trip to Carolina to play the Panthers. Of course, that does not include the trip to London.
Bottom line: Despite their division's tough matchups against the NFC North and AFC West, the Seahawks have a relatively manageable schedule. Based on 2017 results and 2018 projections, Seattle's home opponents are much stronger than its away opponents, making the home-field advantage of CenturyLink Field that much more important. The Seahawks might be slipping into rebuild mode around Russell Wilson, but while that's happening, they're fortunate their 2018 schedule is not tougher. Record prediction: 8-8