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Seattle Seahawks 2012 Schedule Analysis


Scheduling plays a huge role in the outcome of every NFL season. So the Athlon NFL editors will spend the next month dissecting each and every week of the 2012 slate for all 32 teams in the league.

Seattle Seahawks 2012 Schedule:

Week 1: at Arizona
Week 2: Dallas
Week 3: Green Bay (Mon.)
Week 4: at St. Louis
Week 5: at Carolina
Week 6: New England
Week 7: at San Francisco (Thurs.)
Week 8: at Detroit
Week 9: Minnesota
Week 10: New York Jets
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: at Miami
Week 13: at Chicago
Week 14: Arizona
Week 15: at Buffalo
Week 16: San Francisco
Week 17: St. Louis

- It's definitely a tale of two halves for Seattle in 2012 as the Seahawks will play four teams that made the playoffs last season in their first eight games, compared to just one in their final eight.

- Seattle also faces a tough slate when it comes to its cross-divsional and AFC opponents in 2012. From the NFC, the Seahawks will play all four teams from the North, which could have as many as three playoff teams in Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay, as well as Dallas and Carolina. Seattle also has the entire AFC East on tap, which means perennial Super Bowl contender New England, along with Buffalo, Miami and the Jets.

- The good news regarding Seattle's difficult non-divisional schedule is that Dallas, Green Bay, New England and the Jets will have to make the cross-country trip to CenturyLink Field. The long trip out west and adjusting to the time-zone change has proven to be an obstacle for the visiting team, while this also brings four teams to Seattle that Seahawks' fans aren't accustomed to seeing up close and personal.

- Seattle opens on the road against NFC West division foe Arizona before hosting Dallas and then Green Bay on Monday Night Football in Week 3. Besides having the national spotlight focused solely on this game, the match up against the Packers will more than likely pit presumed starting quarterback Matt Flynn against his former Green Bay teammates.

- The Seahawks are on the road at St. Louis and Carolina the next two weeks before entering arguably their toughest three- game stretch - home to New England, then at San Francisco on Thursday night and at Detroit the following week. Seattle's defense, which the team attempted to address through this year's draft, will undoubtedly be tested against the Patriots and Lions.

- Seattle's bye week falls in Week 11, the latest of any team in the league, and once the Seahawks finally get the chance to catch their collective breaths, the going shouldn't be near as tough the final six weeks of the regular season. Seattle will host all three NFC West foes, and make trips to Miami, Chicago and Buffalo. If the Seahawks are able to win two out of three on the road the first time around against their West divison rivals, it's possible the NFC West title could be won, or lost, on their home turf. Remember back in 2010 when Seattle defeated St. Louis 16-6 in the final week of the regular season to win the division crown? That could happen again this season as the Rams come calling in Week 17, although San Francisco more than likely will have a say in the division's outcome.

- Also, if there's a team that's somewhat suited for playing December games in Chicago and Buffalo, one would think the team that hails from the Pacific Northwest and plays in a open-air stadium would make the list. Plus, you certainly have to figure that former Bill Marshawn Lynch has that Week 15 match up in Buffalo circled on his calendar.

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Fantasy Focus: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch could be a prime sell-high candidate as the season progresses. Lynch, who finished fifth among running backs in fantasy points in 2011 according to Athlon's scoring, appears to have a very appetizing four-game stretch from Weeks 3-6. During this span, Lynch will go up against four of the teams that finished in the top 14 last season in fantasy points allowed to running backs - Green Bay (14th-most points allowed), St. Louis (5th), Carolina (2nd) and New England (13th). After that, however, the going gets much tougher. Other than Buffalo (4th-most) in Week 15 and the Rams again in Week 17, all of the Seahawks' other opponents ranked no lower than No. 15 in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs in 2011. This 10-game stretch includes two against San Francisco, who yielded the fewest fantasy points to running backs last season.

— by Mark Ross, published on May 30, 2012

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2012 Athlon Sports NFL team-by-team schedule analysis:

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

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AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans

AFC West
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins

NFC North
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West
Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
St. Louis Rams