NFL wary of putting Seahawks home games in prime-time due to recent blowouts
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on April 24, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT
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The Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4 for the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season. However, it’s the only time this year the defensive Super Bowl champions will be at home for a nationally televised prime-time game.
The Seahawks have four prime-time games on their schedule this season. But after the season opener against the Packers, Seattle has to play on the road for their remaining three nationally televised games. The Washington ******** host the Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Week 5. The Seahawks play in San Francisco against the 49ers on Thanksgiving night in Week 13, and will travel to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football in Week 16. The latter two games will be televised on NBC.
According to a league source, the NFL was wary of putting Seahawks home games on in prime-time due to their track record of blowouts in nationally televised games played in Seattle the last several seasons.
The last three times Seattle has hosted a prime-time matchup, the games have been extremely uncompetitive. The Seahawks hammered the divisional-rival 49ers 42-13 and 29-3 in Sunday night game the last two seasons. They also beat the New Orleans Saints 34-7 on Monday night in December.
In addition, Seattle beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-14 at home on Thursday night in 2011. The only close game played against the Seahawks in prime-time in Seattle the last three seasons was the 14-12 loss by the Packers in Sept. 2012 that ended on a somewhat memorable play.
While Seattle fans surely enjoyed those outcomes, the theoretically highly compelling games turned out to be duds to a national audience.
The Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles all host three prime-time games in 2014. Fifteen more teams host two prime-time games. The defending champion Seahawks only get one at home.
So while the Seahawks still get plenty of national exposure as defending champions should with four scheduled nationally televised games, they won’t get the chance to host more than their season opener in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.
I see why we only get one primetime game at home