Seattle Seahawks schedule analysis

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the late-round picks who has thrived under Pete Carroll. AP Photo/Scott Eklund

Breakdown: The Seattle Seahawks have five prime-time games, which is a franchise record. It includes a Monday Night Football game at home against the Lions in the return of wide receiver Golden Tate to Seattle on Oct. 5. But that’s the only Monday night game. The Thursday night game comes on the road against the 49ers on Oct. 22 after playing host to the Panthers, whom the Seahawks defeated twice last season, including the playoff game at home. Seattle opens the season at St. Louis against the Rams. The bye week comes at a good time in the second week of November, almost exactly midseason (after seven games).

Complaint department: This is absolutely brutal. It’s the fourth toughest schedule in the NFL and includes nine games against 2014 playoff teams. Five of the road games come against teams that won at least 10 games last season. Four of the first six games come against 2014 playoff teams. The Seahawks open with two road games, including at Green Bay on Sept. 20 in the Sunday night game that’s the NFC Championship rematch. It could be worse. At least it won’t be snowing at Lambeau Field in September. The Seahawks have to end the season with three of the last five games on the road, including the season finale at Arizona. That game could decide the NFC West title.

The good news: It’s a rough 17 weeks, but the Seahawks do catch a few breaks. After playing the Cowboys in JerryWorld, they get two weeks to prepare for a home game against the Cardinals, likely to be the biggest challenge to the Seahawks in the NFC West. They have only three 10 a.m. PT games and two of those comes against teams that had losing records last year -- the Rams and the Vikings. The only East Coast game is at Baltimore, but that’s a Sunday night game. The Seahawks have to survive the first half of the schedule and get it done in the last eight games. Five of those games are at home, including three in a row in November against the Cardinals, 49ers and Steelers. After the game at Dallas on Nov. 1, the Seahawks go 35 consecutive days without another road game, and that comes in Minnesota against the lowly Vikings.

Strength of schedule: 4th, .559

Seahawks Regular-Season Schedule (all times Eastern)

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, Chicago, 4:25 p.m.

Week 4: Monday, Oct. 5, Detroit, 8:30 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18, Carolina, 4:05 p.m.

Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 22, at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20, Cleveland, 4:05 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, St. Louis, 4:25 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.