The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best road schedules they've had in years, and our NFL handicapper, Mark Lathrop, thinks this schedule is primed to take the Seahawks deep into the playoffs.
The Seahawks' have one of the best road schedules in years in 2017, and unlike the rest of the teams in their division, have only one 10 AM PST east coast road start. This is important for the Seahawks, who have perennially underperformed in those morning road games. That had waned a bit in the last few years of dominance, but not having those games will be a big push going forward.
Seattle also has three primetime night games at home this year. Those games have not been competitive in the past, with Seattle getting the best of most visitors in that situation. Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Philadelphia will have serious road tests in Seattle – with the Seahawks going 2-1 in those games a near certainty.
The Seahawks start the season on the road in Green Bay, a game I would not be surprised to see them lose. They are currently a 3-point road underdog, which sounds about right to me. However, a home date with San Francisco in Week 2 will no doubt get the good feelings back for the Seahawks. With winnable games at Tennessee and the before mentioned primetime game at home with the Colts a 3-1 record going into their Week 5 bye looks doable.
An interesting stretch in Weeks 6-9 luckily has the most questionable game at home against the Houston Texans. The Texans’ defense could give the Seattle offensive line trouble, but the home field advantage should slide them by here. A road game against the Giants and a revisit to good feelings in New York where they won the Super Bowl is a winning proposition in that stretch of games.
Weeks 10-13 have two primetime night games at home against NFC heavyweights mixed in with road games with weaker NFC West opponents. A split of those primetime games would not be surprising with Philadelphia and Atlanta, but I expect the Seahawks to dominate the NFC West this year based on quarterback quality alone. A 3-1 stretch here has Seattle at 10-2 and looking to lock up a first-round bye.
The only 10 AM PST east coast start is in Week 14 at Jacksonville, which the Seahawks will find a way to lose. The most important game of the schedule is in Week 16 on the road at Dallas – a game that should have playoff seeding expectations. Home field advantage for the playoffs will likely be at stake on Christmas Eve and I will give a slight nod to the Cowboys at home to come out a winner. The Seahawks end the year 12-4 and NFC West Division Champions yet again, with a bye week going into the playoffs based on a head-to-head win and tiebreaker against the Packers, Falcons, or Cowboys.
Seattle Seahawks Season Prediction: 12-4, Super Bowl Odds +1200