Schedule getting better for the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks haven’t had an advantageous schedule in the first half of the season, but it’s about to get better. At the moment, things seem to be moving in Seattle’s favor with a lighter second-half schedule and key players returning to the field.

If the Seahawks win at St. Louis next Monday night, they will have gotten through the first eight games 7-1 on a stretch that included four road games over a 30-day span.

The game against the Rams will be Seattle’s fourth road game in the last five outings. The Seahawks will have played five road games in seven weeks after the trip to Atlanta on Nov. 3.

But there’s a bright side on the other end. The Seahawks play four of their last six games at CenturyLink Field, where Seattle has won 11 consecutive games.

That includes a bye week between the home games against Minnesota and New Orleans, perfect timing before the Monday night against the Saints that could decide home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Seattle’s last two games also are at home, Dec. 22 against Arizona and Dec. 29 against the Rams. As it stands now, the Seahawks have only two games in the last nine against teams with a winning record – back-to-back with the Saints on Dec. 2 and the 49ers at San Francisco on Dec. 8.

While the schedule starts working in Seattle’s favor, the team also should get its starting offensive tackles back from injury.

Right tackle Breno Giacomini, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 30, could return in a couple of weeks. Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung, who has a torn ligament in a big toe, could return for the Minnesota game on Nov. 17.

And receiver Percy Harvin, who had hip surgery Aug. 1, is expected to begin practicing this week. He wants to play at St. Louis, but it likely will be a few more weeks.

So it appears that things are playing into Seattle’s hands and look promising for the second half of the season.