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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Seattle Seahawks schedule analysis

By Mike Sando

Breakdown: The Seattle Seahawks are back on "Monday Night Football" for the first time since the 2007 season when they face the division-rival St. Louis Rams in a Dec. 12 matchup. Seattle faces Philadelphia at Qwest Field in a Thursday night game one week earlier. That means the Seahawks will have 11 days to prepare for the prime-time game against St. Louis. Before basking in the prime-time lights, the season opens with a trip to San Francisco in a rematch of the 2010 opener. Seattle won that game handily, but the Seahawks face a tougher challenge against the 49ers on the road. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played one of his worst games of the 2010 season at Candlestick Park. On the positive side, the Seahawks play three in a row at home beginning with the Dec. 1 game against the Eagles.

Complaint department: The Seahawks have five games kicking off in the 10 a.m. PT time slot, up from two last season. That puts Seattle at a disadvantage given how far the team must travel as the most isolated franchise in the league. The Seahawks follow their Week 1 visit to San Francisco with a trip to Pittsburgh. This is a tough schedule early with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the New York Giants facing Seattle before the Seahawks' bye in Week 6.

Re-match, re-match: The Seahawks head to Soldier Field in Week 15 for a rematch of their divisional-round playoff defeat against the Chicago Bears last season. The timing of the rematch -- one week after that Dec. 12 Monday night game against St. Louis -- ensures a cold-weather game for Seattle. The temperature was 24 degrees when the Bears dominated Seattle during that 35-24 victory in the playoffs last season. Seattle fared much better during a Week 6 game at Soldier Field when the temperature at kickoff was 61 degrees.

Seahawks Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 11, at San Francisco, 4:15 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 18, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 25, Arizona, 4:15 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2, Atlanta, 4:05 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9, at NY Giants, 1:00 PM
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 30, Cincinnati, 4:15 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6, at Dallas, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13, Baltimore, 4:05 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Louis, 4:05 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27, Washington, 4:05 PM
Week 13: Thursday, Dec. 1, Philadelphia, 8:20 PM
Week 14: Monday, Dec. 12, St. Louis, 8:30 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18, at Chicago, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 24, San Francisco, 4:15 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1, at Arizona, 4:15 PM