Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/22/12
In a lot of ways, the Seattle Seahawks’ 2012 schedule mirrors the type of schedule they had in 2011.  The scheduling gods weren’t kind to the ‘Hawks to start either season; in 2011, they played against five playoff teams out of their first eight games, and in 2012, they play against five playoff caliber teams in the first eight games.  In 2011, the Seahawks started the year 2-6, before finishing the year a strong 5-3. 

The difference in 2012 is, the Seahawks should be in a better position to hold serve during the first eight games, and then finish the season strong in easier games to make a serious playoff push.  Also, since the Seahawks presumably solved their shaky quarterback situation with the off-season acquisition of Matt Flynn, the Seahawks should be very competitive even with some tough opponents in the first half of the year.

In 2012, the Seahawks will start the season on the road against division rival Arizona, who sports a defense that improved by leaps and bounds over during the second half of 2011.  With both teams ranking in the top 10 for defense, this should be a very competitive game, and with better QB play, the Seahawks could very well steal this one.  The ‘Hawks will then be at home in what should be two very entertaining games against the Cowboys and Packers, which the Seahawks should be able to win one of two since they’re always tough to beat at home.  The Seahawks then go on the road with two winnable games against the Rams and Panthers, before facing a gauntlet in October.  From Weeks 6-10, the Seahawks have games on the road against the 49ers and Lions, with home against Tom Brady and the Patriots, plus the newly acquired Tim Tebow (who will probably be starting at that point) and the New York Jets.

Luckily for the Seahawks, they have the late season bye at Week 11, which means they’ll get a good rest right before the stretch run.  If the Seahawks can manage to go 6-4 or 5-5 during the first 10 weeks, they’ll return from their bye rested and facing a friendly end of season schedule peppered with the likes of the gutted Dolphins, the rebuilding Rams, the inconsistent Bills, and two competitive but beatable teams in the Bears and Cardinals.  Not to mention, they close out the season with two home games against the 49ers and Rams, which means the Seahawks will most likely control their own destiny for getting into the playoffs, and are in the best position possible playing in front of the 12thMan to get it done.  With that ending schedule, the Seahawks very likely will go 5-1; making a 10-6 or 11-5 season a real possibility.

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