Seattle Seahawks open schedule with Eddie Lacy's return to Green Bay

The Seahawks clearly signed Eddie Lacy with the intention he'll become the starter, but he won't be a three-down back. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The NFL has released its 2017 regular-season schedule. Here's a look at what's in store for the Seattle Seahawks.

Breakdown: There's not much to complain about with the Seahawks' 2017 schedule. The team does not get back-to-back road games for the first time in franchise history and only has one early start (10 a.m. PST) -- Week 14 at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks have four prime-time games, and three of them are at home -- Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons and Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Their only road game in prime time is a Thursday night matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. The Seahawks get the AFC South and the NFC East and only have five games against opponents who made the playoffs last season.

Eddie Lacy's homecoming: Lacy won't have to wait long to face his former team. The Seahawks open the season at Lambeau Field where they got hammered, 38-10, last season. In Seattle's last two games there, the Green Bay Packers have outscored the Seahawks, 65-27. Lacy spent the first four seasons of his career in Green Bay, piling up 3,435 rushing yards before the team let him walk in free agency. He's on a one-year contract with the Seahawks and should be in line to be the feature back out of the gate. The Seahawks' other big free-agent signing this offseason was Luke Joeckel. The former No. 2 overall pick will face the team that drafted him (Jacksonville) in Week 14.

Seeing how they stack up: Aside from the Seahawks (12 to 1), the NFC teams with the best Super Bowl odds are the Dallas Cowboys (8 to 1), Packers (10 to 1), Atlanta Falcons (14 to 1) and New York Giants (20 to 1). Seattle will get a chance to see how it stacks up against all four of those teams. In addition to the opener against the Packers and the Monday night matchup against the Falcons, the Seahawks play at Dallas on Christmas Eve (Week 16), and they are at New York in Week 7. The matchup with the Giants is following the Seahawks' bye. By the time the playoffs roll around, Seattle will have a good idea about how it matches up with the NFC's elite.

Strength of schedule: T-25th, .455

Seahawks Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)

  • Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 10, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

  • Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 17, San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

  • Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 24, at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.

  • Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.

  • Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, at Los Angeles, 4:05 p.m.

  • Week 6: Bye

  • Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, at NY Giants, 4:25 p.m.

  • Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, Houston, 4:05 p.m.

  • Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5, Washington, 4:05 p.m.

  • Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 9, at Arizona, 8:25 p.m.

  • Week 11: Monday, Nov. 20, Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.

  • Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

  • Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m.

  • Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

  • Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17, Los Angeles, 4:05 p.m.

  • Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24, at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

  • Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, Arizona, 4:25 p.m.