NFL 2006 Schedules Released

The official regular season schedule for next year's NFL season have been released today and, despite having been in the Super Bowl last year, the Seahawks don't seem to have it too bad.

Sep 10 @Detroit 1:00pm
Sep 17 Arizona 4:05pm
Sep 24 N.Y. Giants 4:15pm
Oct 1 @Chicago 8:15pm
Week 5 BYE
Oct 15 @St. Louis 1:00pm
Oct 22 Minnesota 4:15pm
Oct 29 @Kansas City 1:00pm
Nov 6 Oakland 8:30pm
Nov 12 St. Louis 4:15pm
Nov 19 @San Francisco 4:05pm
Nov 27 Green Bay 8:30pm
Dec 3 @Denver 4:15pm
Dec 10 @Arizona 4:05pm
Dec 14 San Francisco 8:00pm
Dec 24 San Diego 4:15pm
Dec 31 @Tampa Bay 1:00pm

The thing that really jumps out to me, aside from a tough game at Chicago on my birthday, is that the Seahawks will be playing a Thursday night game in December at home just four days after travelling to Arizona. Teams always complain about the Thanksgiving Day games because of the limited time to prepare. Good thing that game is just against those sorry-ass 49ers from San Francisco. Sucks to be them getting fed to the wolves like that on a nationally-televised game.

I wish the bye week was a little later in the season (say week 7 or 8 would have been perfect) but if they can go 3-1 through the first month, they have a great shot at finishing the season 12-4 or better. Games on the road at Kansas City and Denver will be tough and the old AFC West rivalries will likely be resurrected if only for a week or two. That game on New Year's Eve could have huge ramifications in the playoff picture, as could that game in week 3 against the Giants. I can't wait!

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