Coach Pete Carroll might want to send the NFL a thank-you note, because the Seattle Seahawks' 2017 schedule sets up nicely for the team to win the NFC West for the fourth time in five seasons.
The Seahawks don't have back-to-back road games for the first time in franchise history, and of their four prime-time games, three are at home. Seattle's only early kickoff is at Jacksonville in Week 14.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10, at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET
It's surprising that this game is not in a prime-time slot. The Seahawks have not fared well at Lambeau Field, having lost there in back-to-back years, including a 38-10 defeat in 2016. Eddie Lacy's debut as the Seahawks' feature back will come against his former team. Record: 0-1.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET
It'll be the fourth different 49ers coach in four years leading San Francisco into CenturyLink Field. The last time the Seahawks faced an offense directed by Kyle Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons dropped 36 on Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs. But Shanahan obviously doesn't have the same level of talent to work with in his first season in San Francisco. Record: 1-1.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24, at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m. ET
This will be a good opportunity for the Seahawks' defense to see how it stacks up against a physical offense and Marcus Mariota, one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. Record: 2-1.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET
The Seahawks have not swept the Rams since 2013 and have lost three of their past four meetings. Sean McVay will be calling the shots for the Rams instead of Jeff Fisher, but Seattle struggles to block Aaron Donald and the Rams' defensive front. Record: 3-2.
Week 6: Bye.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET
In their past three trips to MetLife Stadium, the Seahawks have outscored their opponents 93-25. That includes a 23-0 shutout against the Giants in 2013. Record: 4-2.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, vs. Houston Texans, 4:05 p.m. ET
Could a rookie be quarterbacking the Texans in this game? J.J. Watt and Houston's defensive line could give the Seahawks trouble, but Seattle should be a big favorite. Record: 5-2.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5, vs. Washington Redskins, 4:05 p.m. ET
Washington's offense ranked in the top five in efficiency last season. The weapons for Kirk Cousins are different in 2017, but he's the type of quarterback who should be able to move the chains against the Seahawks. And tight end Jordan Reed could give Seattle fits. Record: 5-3.
Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 9, at Arizona Cardinals, 8:25 p.m. ET
This begins a stretch of three prime-time games in four weeks. The Cardinals present the Seahawks' biggest competition in the NFC West, and Seattle drops back-to-back games for the only time all season. Record: 5-4.
Week 11: Monday, Nov. 20, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:30 p.m. ET
This is the Seahawks' only Monday Night Game, and they'll have a full 10 days of rest before this contest. Seattle beats the defending NFC champ at home for its most impressive victory of the season. Record: 6-4.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET
It'll be a short week for the Seahawks, but they've won six in a row against the 49ers. The streak continues with a sweep in 2017. Record: 7-4.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m. ET
Carson Wentz comes to Seattle for the second consecutive season and fares better than he did as a rookie, but it's not enough for an Eagles victory. Record: 8-4.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET
Want the surprise loss of the season? Here it is. The Jaguars have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and stun the Seahawks in Seattle's earliest kickoff time of 2017. Record: 8-5.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET
The Seahawks can't get swept by the Rams for the second time in three seasons, can they? Seattle wins ugly and splits the season series. Record: 9-5.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24, at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Cowboys as the NFC's biggest favorite to win the Super Bowl at 8-1. The Seahawks travel to Dallas for a Christmas Eve showdown and a potential preview of the NFC title game. They come out on the losing end. Record: 9-6.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET
In a game that could decide the division, the Seahawks are victorious, finishing with 10 wins for the third consecutive season. Record: 10-6.