Seattle Seahawks Schedule 2016: List Of Opponents, Schedule Takes Shape For Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks schedule news for 2016 is slowly being revealed. The 2016 Seattle Seahawks schedule is starting to take shape, allowing fans to see which opponents will be in the path of another Super Bowl run. With the 35-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14, the Seahawks have just about clinched second place in the NFC West. This is important, as it partially determines which teams the Seahawks will play in the 2016 NFL schedule.

Though the Seahawks could still potentially catch the Arizona Cardinals to finish first place in the NFC West, the most likely scenario is now a second place finish and a wild card spot in the 2016 NFL Playoffs. Finishing second means that the Seahawks play against the second place teams from the NFC North and NFC East in the 2016 NFL schedule. Currently, the Minnesota Vikings are second place in the NFC North and the Philadelphia Eagles are second place in the NFC East.

The 2016 Seattle Seahawks schedule could be a really tough one, but it may not include the Green Bay Packers this time. As it stands, the Seahawks have home games against the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and St. Louis Rams. The 2016 road games would be against the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and St. Louis Rams.

This could be a very tough schedule for the Seahawks, as four road games out East include a lot of travel time for the team. The only small piece of good news is that the NFC East opponent will have to travel to Seattle for that game. It’s only a small consolation, especially because games at 1 p.m. ET can be very tough for teams from the west coast. Depending on the time of year, traveling to play against the New York Jets and New England Patriots could also mean some inclement weather.

The exact dates and times for the 2016 Seattle Seahawks schedule won’t be revealed until the NFL offseason is underway. The NFL makes a big deal about when those release dates are going to take place, with some of the games leaked a bit early. It is very likely that the New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks game, which serves as a rematch of the 2015 Super Bowl, could end up getting primetime television treatment. If the teams both make it back to this Super Bowl, the schedule makers might even decide to use that game to kickoff the 2016 NFL season.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there are only four playoff teams on this 2016 Seattle Seahawks schedule, possibly making it a bit easier than past seasons. That includes the Carolina Panthers (13-0), Arizona Cardinals twice (11-2), New England Patriots (11-2), and New York Jets (8-5), though, making it rather difficult. The Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also just outside the playoff picture in the NFC South and the NFC East teams are all very evenly matched this year. Having to play four games against division winners makes it a challenge as well.

The opponents from the NFC East and NFC North still could shift a bit as well. All four teams in the East have a chance to win the division or finish second, meaning the Seahawks could host the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, or New York Giants when the dust settles. In the NFC North, the Minnesota Vikings could still catch the Green Bay Packers, setting up Aaron Rodgers for yet another game against the Seahawks. Looking ahead, there are a lot of great games on the 2016 Seattle Seahawks schedule, but fans will need to wait a bit longer to learn the exact dates and times.

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