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Seattle Seahawks Opponents Named for 2012: A Fan’s Reaction
Though the 2011 NFL season just came to an end, we already have a glimpse of the 2012 Seattle Seahawks schedule thanks to ESPN analyst Mike Sando. Sando posted to Twitter late last night (Jan. 1) the opponents for the Seahawks in 2012, and one particular game really sticks out as a frustrating bit of news. We don't know the exact dates for each game yet, but at least we can start projecting results based on the opponents.
According to Sando, the Seahawks will have to go to Soldier Field and play the Chicago Bears for the third straight year on the road. It's a bit ridiculous, especially because when counting the 2011 NFL Playoffs, it will become the fourth time the Seahawks have played there in three years. For fans hoping to see the Bears come to CenturyLink Field once, it simply is not going to happen.
The AFC division that Seattle plays in 2012 is the AFC East, putting some potentially tough teams in the way of the Seahawks getting back to the NFC Playoffs. The two home games are against the New England Patriots (13-3) and the New York Jets (8-8), with the two road games coming against the Miami Dolphins (6-10) and Buffalo Bills (6-10).
The other home games in 2012 are against the Green Bay Packers (15-1), Minnesota Vikings (3-13), Dallas Cowboys (8-8), San Francisco 49ers (13-3), Arizona Cardinals (8-8) and St. Louis Rams (2-14). That Packers game should become a hot ticket at CenturyLink Field; especially will how the team could win a second consecutive Super Bowl in the playoffs this year.
As for the road games, in addition to playing Chicago, Buffalo and Miami, the Seahawks will head out to play the Detroit Lions (10-6), Carolina Panthers (6-10), St. Louis, Arizona, and San Francisco. That Panthers game will give the Seahawks a chance to see quarterback Cam Newton in person for the first time and the Lions game will force whoever is playing quarterback to go up against Ndamukong Suh. Hopefully the entire offensive line for the Seahawks is healthy for that game.
While this is only a taste of the 2012 Seahawks schedule, at least we all know the opponents and can plan to buy season tickets based on some pretty interesting teams coming to Seattle.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.
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