The Seahawks franchise has hit a bit of an inflection point. They traded quarterback Russell Wilson to the Broncos in an offseason deal that brought Drew Lock to Seattle. Lock is the de facto starter for now. They released defensive stalwart Bobby Wagner, who went on to sign with the division-rival Rams.
It all adds up to a less-than-ideal situation for Seattle, which enters the year as a heavy underdog in the NFC West. Expectations seem to have been mostly recalibrated. The inability to find another quarterback this offseason culminated in the Seahawks drafting Kenneth Walker III with Malik Willis still on the board.
Coach Pete Carroll’s reasoning: Lock is better than what was available in the draft.
“I think (Lock would) have been the first guy picked, of quarterbacks anyway. He’d have been the first guy in this draft. I don’t have any hesitation saying that,” Carroll told Seattle radio station KJR.
Regardless of the accuracy of that statement — and it is utterly unverifiable — the Seahawks’ schedule won’t make things better. Finishing third last season and playing the NFC South this season will help, but going against the four-deep AFC West won’t make life easier.
Seattle Seahawks schedule 2022
The Seahawks’ schedule will be unveiled as part of the NFL’s schedule release on Thursday, May 12.
- Home: Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Raiders, Giants, Jets, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers
- Away: Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Chargers, Lions, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Broncos (MNF)||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|2||Sept. 18||at 49ers||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 25||vs. Falcons||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 2||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 9||at Saints||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 16||vs. Cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 23||at Chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|8||Oct. 30||vs. Giants||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 6||at Cardinals||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 13||vs. Buccaneers (in Munich)||9:30 a.m. ET||NFL Network|
|12||Nov. 27||vs. Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 4||at Rams||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 11||vs. Panthers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 15||vs. 49ers||8:15 p.m. ET||Amazon Prime (Stream)|
|16||Dec. 24||at Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|17||Jan. 1||vs. Jets||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 7 OR Jan. 8||vs. Rams||TBD||TBD|
One of the Seahawks’ 2022 games was known ahead of time. Seattle will be playing in Munich, Germany, against the Buccaneers in Week 10. The Seahawks’ other out-of-division games include the AFC West, the NFC’s last-place finishers in 2021, the rest of the NFC South and the Jets. While it’s hardly a murderer’s row, the Seahawks’ division raises the strength-of-schedule floor much higher.
Seahawks strength of schedule
The Seahawks finished 7-10 last season, a deceptively decent record given what they dealt with. Russell Wilson was injured, the defense wasn’t the unit it once was, and Pete Carroll showed he doesn’t want to reinvent who this team is. The latter is a noble thought, but the NFC West has reinvented itself twice over since Seattle dominated the division. As long as they’re playing the Cardinals, Rams and 49ers twice a year, the Seahawks will have to adapt.
Toughest tests: The Seahawks’ most difficult test is coming from inside the house. Six games against the Cardinals, Rams, and 49ers is tough billing. Seattle did hold its own in the division last year, however, going 3-3. Playing the AFC West is also brutally difficult. The Chiefs and Chargers are seen as preseason championship favorites, and the Raiders and Broncos are considered up-and-comers. Seattle’s home game against the Broncos will be one to circle.
Biggest breaks: The Seahawks have the Jets as their extra interconference game, a favorable draw to say the least. Finishing last in the NFC West has its perks, too, with games against the Panthers and Giants. Seattle has a surprisingly big following in Germany, so its “road’ game in Munich could well work in its favor.
Bottom line: Pete Carroll must be feeling the steam rising up from his seat. The Seahawks will need to be at least competitive in every game. One thing you can say about the 2021 Seahawks is that they weren’t blown out often. If they can do the same despite a shaky quarterback situation, then perhaps there’s some hope for a team that is looking to recapture the magic of the 2010s.
Record prediction: 7-10