Seahawks announce 2013 regular season schedule


SEATTLE — For a third straight season, the Seattle Seahaawks will be be playing in a nationally televised game.

Considered one of the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl in 2013, the Seahawks have four prime-time tilts, the team announced this afternoon.

Seattle played in three nationally televised games last year, defeating Green Bay and San Francisco at home, and losing to the 49ers on the road.

The Seahawks start the 2013 season at Carolina on Sept. 8, and open up at home a week later in a nationally televised, Sunday night contest against San Francisco on Sept. 15.

Along with the San Francisco game, the Seahawks have back-to-back, nationally televised contests, beginning with a Thursday night game against NFC West rival Arizona on the NFL Network down in the desert on Oct. 17, followed by an Oct. 28 Sunday night game at St. Louis.

Seattle also hosts New Orleans in a Monday night game on Dec. 2.

Seattle has a bye on Week 12, the latest the franchise has had a bye week.

The Seahawks have the 11th toughest schedule (.516) in the NFL heading into 2013.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the 2013 Seahawks schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 8, Seattle at Carolina, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Seattle escaped with a 16-12 win over the Panthers in Carolina last season, holding the Cam Newton-led offense to 190 total yards.

Sunday, Sept. 15, San Francisco at Seattle, 5:30 p.m. (NBC)

The Skinny: Seahawks 7-3 at home against the 49ers since 2003.

Sunday, Sept. 22, Jacksonville at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)

The Skinny: Former Hawks’ DC Gus Bradley returns to Seattle for the first time as Jags head coach.

Sunday, Sept. 29 Seattle at Houston, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks suffered an embarrassing, 34-7 loss the last time in Houston during the Jim Mora era.

Sunday, Oct. 6, Seattle at Indianapolis, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks face talented, young Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for the first time.

Sunday, Oct. 13, Tennessee at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

The Skinny: UW product Jake Locker plays in Seattle for the first time in a regular-season game.

Sunday, Oct. 17, Seattle at Arizona, 5:25 p.m. (NFLN)

The Skinny: The Seahawks have lost six of their last seven at University of Phoenix stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 28, Seattle at St. Louis, 5:40 p.m. (ESPN)

The Skinny: The Rams 52 sacks in 2012 tied for the league lead with the Broncos.

Sunday, Nov. 3, Tampa Bay at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks have lost the last three straight against Bucs.

Sunday, Nov. 10, Seattle at Atlanta, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks will try to avenge late-game loss in NFC division playoffs last season.

Monday, Nov. 17, Minnesota at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: New additions Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield face their former teammates for the first time.

Monday, Dec. 2, New Orleans at Seattle, 5:40 p.m. (ESPN)

The Skinny: Drew Brees and the Saints return to Seattle for the first time since Beast Quake.

Sunday, Dec. 8, Seattle at San Francisco, 1:25 p.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: The Hawks play at Candlestick Park a final time during the regular season; Niners new stadium set to open up in Santa Clara in 2014.

Sunday, Dec. 15, Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Hawks hoping for a return visit to MetLife Stadium, host of this season’s Super Bowl, in February.

Sunday, Dec. 22, Arizona at Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: Carson Palmer takes the field at the Clink for the first time since a 24-21 Bengals’ loss on Sept. 23, 2007.

Sunday, Dec. 29, St. Louis at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. (FOX)

The Skinny: No more bruising Steven Jackson to prepare for, as he’s moved on in free agency to Atlanta.