SEATTLE — For all the talk of how the 2020 NFL schedule might look different due to the coronavirus pandemic, when it was finally unveiled Thursday the Seattle Seahawks’ slate looked pretty similar to most other recent years.
Seattle will play four prime-time games for the eighth consecutive year (and could get the maximum five later if one is flexed), including its home opener Sept. 20 against the Patriots on “Sunday Night Football.”
The Seahawks also will play on “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 30 at Philadelphia and will play on “Thursday Night Football” on Nov. 19 at home against Arizona.
The Seahawks will have their bye in Week 6 and four games that kick off at 10 a.m. in Seattle. But the Seahawks will play back-to-back road games just once and will open with three of their first five at home with a chance to get off to a good start before their bye.
The schedule, though, does include two concessions to the possibility that the season may not start on time.
One is that all teams have two home games and two road games in the first four weeks, which would allow for the league to make cuts to the season and allow for teams to have the same number of home and road games.
Also, each team has the same bye week as its Week 2 opponent — meaning, Seattle and New England have the same bye in Week 6 — which would also allow for a clean way to make up a game later if the season has a delayed start.
The season is scheduled to start the second weekend of September, with Seattle’s opener Sept. 13 at Atlanta.
While there had been a thought that division games might all be later in the year in case adjustments to the schedule have to be made, the Seahawks will play Arizona in the seventh week. That isn’t too different than most previous seasons — Seattle played its first division game last year in Week 4 and will play four of its six division games by Nov. 15.
The Seahawks will close out their season with a game that could have significant postseason implications, Jan. 3 against the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. The Seahawks’ final home game is Dec. 27 against the Rams.
Preseason schedule set
The Seahawks also announced their preseason schedule, though for now it’s just the weeks the games will be held with specific dates later:
Aug. 13-17: vs. Raiders
Aug. 20-20: at Texans
Aug. 27-30: vs. Chargers
Sept. 3-4: at Vikings
Everything, of course, remains subject to change because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But the NFL has decided for now to remain on course with its offseason planning, and Thursday’s schedule release fell in line with that.
(Subject to change)
Here’s the full schedule, all times being Seattle time:
Sept. 13: at Atlanta, 10 a.m., FOX.
Sept. 20: vs. New England, 5:20 p.m., NBC (Sunday Night Football).
Sept. 27: vs. Dallas, 1:20 p.m., FOX.
Oct. 4: at Miami, 10 a.m., FOX.
Oct. 11: vs. Minnesota, 5:20 p.m., NBC (Sunday Night Football).
Oct. 18: Bye.
Oct. 25: at Arizona, 1:05, p.m., FOX.
Nov. 1: vs. San Francisco, 1:25, p.m., FOX.
Nov. 8: at Buffalo, 10 a.m., FOX.
Nov. 15: at Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX.
Nov. 19: vs. Arizona, 5:20 p.m., FOX (Thursday Night Football).
Nov. 30: at Philadelphia, 5:15 p.m., ESPN (Monday Night Football).
Dec. 6: vs. New York Giants, 1:05 p.m., FOX.
Dec. 13: vs. New York Jets, 1:05 p.m., CBS.
Dec. 20: at Washington, 10 a.m., FOX.
Dec. 27: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1:05 p.m., CBS.
Jan. 3: at San Francisco, 1:25 p.m., FOX.