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NFL wary of putting Seahawks home games in prime-time due to recent blowouts

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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 defending 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 Redskins 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 match-up, the games have been extremely uncompetitive. The Seahawks hammered the divisional-rival 49ers 42-13 and 29-3 in Sunday night games 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 September 2012 that ended on a somewhat memorable play.

While Seattle fans surely enjoyed those outcomes, games that appeared to be highly competitive prior to kickoff quickly turned into 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.

The Seahawks will still get plenty of national exposure, as defending champions should, with four scheduled nationally televised games. However, beyond the first game of the entire 2014 NFL schedule, they won’t get a chance to host one inside the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.

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  1. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:23 AM

    Basically the NFL acknowledges the Seahawks are too good at home. Love it lol.

  2. miamisaint3255 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:25 AM

    Saints also almost always blow out win on national tv night games at home and that has been going on for some years now.

  3. jburk003 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:26 AM

    Maybe if they briefed their officials to watch and call PI and defensive holding, they wouldn’t have blowouts????

  4. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:26 AM

    I blame teams like the Saints and 49ers. Seahawks came ready to play, they didn’t.

  5. axespray says: Apr 24, 2014 1:27 AM

    How is that for bragging rights.

    “We beat people so badly at home, the league wants us on the road for prime time games.”

  6. louiedogg16 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:29 AM

    I love my Hawks, but I seriously doubt this as a reason to not have nationally televised games at home. That would mean that it is more financially sound to have the Hawks play the Redskins on national TV then them playing the Broncos? I would say it’s far more likely they blowout the Redskins then the Broncos and it’s a rematch of the freaking Superbowl.

  7. zrb17 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:34 AM

    What a bunch of BS, so win at home by
    a large margin in national TV games &
    you don’t get that opportunity anymore !?
    Piss off hitlerGoodell

    GoHawks
    HawkYeah

  8. bigbaldpapahawk says: Apr 24, 2014 1:35 AM

    You can be too good for prime time home games? LOL, wot?

  9. number1hawkfan says: Apr 24, 2014 1:35 AM

    That’s right haters. All your idiotic trash talk and down playing of our team and our fans is exactly what you and I know it is. Just a bunch of jealous rants thinking your more important than you are. On sept. 4th I’ll be watching a banner getting raised and you’ll be sitting at home on your moms couch trying to think of something witty to say. As usual it will come across as it always does.

  10. tnaz says: Apr 24, 2014 1:37 AM

    Are you serious? Ridiculous. These are the defending SB Champions. They should have more nationally televised games than anybody this season.

  11. bnwpnw says: Apr 24, 2014 1:44 AM

    Wow. What a shockingly lame and cowardly thing to do.

  12. hasselbeck8 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:53 AM

    Weak excuse to say a team is basically too good at home to get a prime-time game.

  13. nyctraffic says: Apr 24, 2014 1:53 AM

    Talk about a league that loves and promotes parity. This takes the cake.

  14. kylexitron says: Apr 24, 2014 1:55 AM

    As a Seahawks season ticket holder this is garbage. Sorry we are “too good”; as the fans we still deserve prime time home games after hoisting the Lombardi; I think even Seattle haters would agree with that if they are being honest with themselves and to the game.

    no Denver @ Seattle game in prime time is completely bogus.

    it’s not often you have the opportunity to feature a superbowl rematch given that AFC and NFC only meet every 4 years.

    its not often you have a blowout like the Superbowl with an opportunity to do it again after an offseason that’s seen the blown-out team go out and dramatically try to improve itself.

    No excuse for not having that game as a prime time game in Seattle.

    ticket holders = screwed.

  15. cakemixa says: Apr 24, 2014 2:02 AM

    Doesn’t make sense. The Saints always have several home prime time games, and they’ve been blowing out opponents in home prime time games for much longer than the Seahawks.

  16. bos423 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:03 AM

    The NFL will just flex them into prime time games. None issue.

  17. bman69 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:04 AM

    The league is robing the NFL fans the experience of seeing, and hearing the 12th man live. The experience of that stadium, and it’s fans is something rare, let alone seeing a team that hammer’s it’s opponent by 20+ points. It’s terrible that Seattle’s track record of blowouts, leads the NFL to take home games away. Just like Seattle’s record of best Monday night game wins, in the league, so they only get one after winning a Superbowl…….. GO HAWKS

  18. redbirdsrising says: Apr 24, 2014 2:09 AM

    Yeah, that Seahawks game where they played the Cardinals was a real blowout.. oh wait.

  19. buckybadger says: Apr 24, 2014 2:10 AM

    If you think they are going to just blow everyone out all year you haven’t been paying attention to the NFL. No one stays on top very long.

  20. 15starr says: Apr 24, 2014 2:12 AM

    Get on my level

  21. slugbaitspace says: Apr 24, 2014 2:14 AM

    Oh, pleeeze. The most recent Seahawks nationally televised blowout wasn’t played in Seattle, it was played in New York.

  22. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Apr 24, 2014 2:19 AM

    Geez, we can’t win for WINNING, let alone losing, with the NFL mucky-mucks. No respect at all.

  23. ty46 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:21 AM

    They should just tests for HGH, and the blowouts would stop.

  24. kerry04 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:21 AM

    Guess that’s why the saints only have two home prime time games

  25. randsomed says: Apr 24, 2014 2:23 AM

    Too good.

  26. rilessea says: Apr 24, 2014 2:24 AM

    And they’ll still win

  27. hawksrock12 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:30 AM

    The 12s will be rocking the CLink come Sept. 4 when they unfurl that championship banner

  28. jacqvoncc says: Apr 24, 2014 2:34 AM

    So the Seahawks are basically being penalized for blowing teams out during prime-time games, yet Golden Boy Manning blowsout medicore AFC defenses and they award him more prime-time games. Makes perfect sense.

  29. alldonesmith says: Apr 24, 2014 2:41 AM

    An article like this is just about the last thing we needed. The rest of the NFL has already been sick of Seattle’s fans for over a full year…

  30. billybone says: Apr 24, 2014 2:44 AM

    LOL, even the NFL is scared of the hellacious crowd at the CLink.

    As a fan I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me feels the team and especially the fans are being punished for creating a crazed, record breaking atmosphere that creates havoc on teams that helps suffocate the opponents and create blowouts. On the other hand I would love to see the Hawks get the competitive opportunity to play on the road against the odds so they are given the chance to win and prove the haters wrong that they can win against the best of the best at their house with the whole nation watching. Always compete!!

  31. Truckmounts says: Apr 24, 2014 2:44 AM

    Love it

  32. bafinn44 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:52 AM

    I think the NFL. Are a bunch of cry babies. They need to treat the Seahawks the same as any other team. I’m so sick of hearing all the crap about the Seahawks. They are the best team in the NFL. So get over it. Go Hawks!!!

  33. rainmaker1982 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:54 AM

    The Packers beat them before and I see them doing it again.

    I think the Packers will be a force in the NFC this season.

  34. footballgnostic says: Apr 24, 2014 2:58 AM

    I have a strong feeling there will be some serious silliness posted in this comment section very soon. I also am giving out 1 to 1 odds that the term “whiner” will be used in a heavy majority of the comments.

  35. 4949empire says: Apr 24, 2014 3:01 AM

    SeaChickens are just average outside the acoustical reverberating clink, thats a proven fact… 1-3 on those nationally televised games

    #oneanddone

  36. rukkus1 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:01 AM

    The nfl is always attempting to take away any advantage possible to keep an even playing field. It’s no surprise to see this happen. There’s a reason there’s no more dynasties. Kinda sad in a way.

  37. hawkofthesea says: Apr 24, 2014 3:02 AM

    How much longer can Ol’ Roger pacify the NFL? The Broncos should be enduring round two IN Sseattle IN December ON Monday Night…

  38. lanman11 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:05 AM

    The Denver Mannings have three national prime time home games? Three? Why I’m shocked I say! Shocked!!!

  39. chaney13 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:09 AM

    Total BS

  40. slbasegame257 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:24 AM

    So what then we don’t get prime time games at home hardly anymore??? Screw you Goodell! We go on the road and crush teams there too!!!! GO HAWKS

  41. zorn2largent says: Apr 24, 2014 3:29 AM

    Haters Gonna Hate!!

    The NFL is afraid of putting our team on the air for the fear of all you losers not watching….love it.

    Just bout that action boss!!

  42. lovethelions says: Apr 24, 2014 3:37 AM

    So….the Superbowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks…have not only intimidated the other teams in the NFL. They’ve intimidated the NFL itself! LOL

    I never thought I’d see the NFL role over and admit that they didn’t think one of their teams was able to be defeated. And their response to this…is not to let them play at home, when on national TV.

    Is this the US or the USSR? I thought the US played fair and didn’t have to script their broadcasts. Apparently, those days are over….

    Go LIONS!

  43. rrthomasxyz says: Apr 24, 2014 3:39 AM

    It is unfortunate that the NFL gives more weight to the venue rather than the matchup. Seattle is the only place where the crowd comes because they have a specific job to perform (make so much noise that the opposition is called for off sides) and not specifically to watch the game and that’s it. The 12’s add to the richness of the game just as the hogs did for Washington or the Raiders’ fans do decked out in their bizzare costumes. The 12’s should be promoted and not surpressed.

  44. skinsfan91 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:58 AM

    They should design every stadium to be ridiculously loud. Give Seattle a dose.

  45. rodell77 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:04 AM

    They are not a big draw nationally. Perhaps that played into it to.

  46. NJ49er says: Apr 24, 2014 4:12 AM

    That’s what happens when opposing Teams can’t audible due to crowd noise.

    Heckuva Home Field Advantage up there.

    Visitors need to be working on a silent count/hurry up system perhaps?

    Until then, tough venue.

  47. hawkstradamus says: Apr 24, 2014 4:20 AM

    We are already 8-0. Home field advantage and an early February trip to Houston is assured. This is the Seahawks era.

  48. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 24, 2014 4:35 AM

    The NFL is starting to over think things a little. TV ratings driving decisions.

  49. bearsoxass says: Apr 24, 2014 4:48 AM

    Revenge!!!!! Go Pack!!!!

  50. pencilmonkeymagic says: Apr 24, 2014 4:50 AM

    It’s a complement, and a very amusing one at that.

  51. frotoon2 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:54 AM

    The 12th Man is just too good.

  52. brownsmakemecrazy says: Apr 24, 2014 5:48 AM

    Wow the NFL has reached a new level of stupidity. Great idea punish success and a great atmosphere for a nationally featured game.

  53. clowntown1 says: Apr 24, 2014 6:19 AM

    ooooooo….scary. I think the Seahawks need more than a single good season before they are crowned so legendary.

    Most MNF games blow anyways so I highly doubt any potential blow-out matters in that slot. In addition, weren’t they a last minute field goal away from losing to the 0-7 Buccaneers last year…AT HOME?

    I don’t buy this load of garbage. Draft needs to get here so stuff can stop being fabricated.

  54. seattlerogueburner says: Apr 24, 2014 6:38 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the NFL doing this before. Are the Seahawks the first team to be denied prime time because of their exceptional skills at home? You know what, I ain’t even mad.

  55. tombradystolemyuggs says: Apr 24, 2014 6:46 AM

    You know what really helps ratings?? A tom brady commercial about ugg boots

  56. libradad53 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:01 AM

    We did not consider those games a “dud” here in the PNW. Talking heads on the east coast maybe, but not the 12th Man!

  57. ctiggs says: Apr 24, 2014 7:06 AM

    Good, they finally caught on that their noise pumped fueled stadium is on PEDs to. #GoNIners

  58. marclepore7 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:10 AM

    thats some bs

  59. 253seahawker says: Apr 24, 2014 7:16 AM

    thats ok well get two playoff games at home. everyone can enjoy those blow outs

  60. qdog112 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:28 AM

    So the Seahawks are penalized for their success? Usually, schedules and everything else is tilted toward winners.

    You don’t put Manning or Brady on the road because they win too much at home. The Seahawks deserve home games to be televised as a form of reward.

  61. bjamesa says: Apr 24, 2014 7:41 AM

    Worried about the Seahawks blowing out a team in primetime? Need a solution? Aaron Rodgers.

  62. NFLisnotreality says: Apr 24, 2014 7:43 AM

    The only place it matters is on the message boards…

    GO HAWKS!

  63. beckzhere says: Apr 24, 2014 7:52 AM

    Must be nice to be a Seahawks fan.

  64. footballtalk1 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:55 AM

    Adderall arena, steroid stadium HGH field

  65. golforepar says: Apr 24, 2014 7:59 AM

    The Seachickens have some dynasty, since they already won 1 Super Bowl in 50 years.

  66. lebert32 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:01 AM

    way to go Denver.
    What a joke.

  67. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 24, 2014 8:03 AM

    The Seahawks should be wary of playing primetime in the Superdome, cuz the Whodats would get their revenge.

  68. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 24, 2014 8:04 AM

    Maybe people don’t want to watch junkies hold receivers on every single play.

  69. donnymacjack says: Apr 24, 2014 8:08 AM

    Chickens

  70. noladat says: Apr 24, 2014 8:18 AM

    Why nfl you could fix it by calling pi. You could just stop the mugging and instantly no blow outs! This is an easy fix.

  71. bigjim50010 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:25 AM

    and there you go…..it’s not really about the contest between two teams.

    I guess when whitebread Denver is blowing out teams it is not a worry

    let the men play, oh ratings minders!

  72. sammadison says: Apr 24, 2014 8:29 AM

    I wish my team had a 12th man.

  73. ickky says: Apr 24, 2014 8:30 AM

    LOL@ the Packers getting destroyed on national tv

  74. hendawg21 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:34 AM

    Don’t worry the balloon is about to burst, what the NFL needs to do is stop them from pumping in some of that fake fan noise…and also remind them that the 12th man did not start in Seattle, it had been used before they were even relevant and if they need proof youtube 1982 Redskins 12th man…just sayin!

  75. ripwarrior says: Apr 24, 2014 8:43 AM

    The ravens only have one home primetime game last year. Seattle is in the same boat this year.

  76. thebirdofprey2 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:35 AM

    Come on this is too hilarious, too dominate at home to be shown on prime games? 3 of our 4 nationally televised games are on the road. Not even the Bronco’s game where everyone is looking forward to watching that rematch is prime time.

    In 2013 the 12th man started traveling with the team and had a big presence at the Super Bowl. I already see talk of that happen to a higher extent in 2014 with the schedule release out.

  77. realskipbayless says: Apr 24, 2014 9:36 AM

    I doubt they will be as dominant next year but we shall see I guess.

  78. threedeep1998 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:46 AM

    Difference between Saints and Seahawks: Seahawks man handle good teams. Saints play cream puffs like Dallas or Miami and they get Al Michaels to gush for three hours while Brees throws another garbage time TD

  79. johngaltwho says: Apr 24, 2014 10:16 AM

    There’s no doubt that Mike McCarthy and the Packers like the opportunity to play the defending champs on opening day. Seattle is a real test, especially in that technologically enhanced acoustic environment they call home; best time to play em is at the start of the season with a healthy team when the Seahawks are all over confident. Packers will show their own version of beast mode and when those arrogant safeties start cheating up to help stop the run – Go Jordy, Go Randall, Go Pack Go.

  80. engymassz says: Apr 24, 2014 10:18 AM

    I’ve never heard them say this or complain about NE Patriots home games where often the same thing happens ?

  81. madroaddog says: Apr 24, 2014 10:25 AM

    The NFL was born in the northeast its power base remains there and they disfavor the west coast.

  82. seattlesports247 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:43 AM

    Highly doubt that this is the real reason but it is what it is. Just hoping for another good season. Go Hawks.

  83. tqaztec says: Apr 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    So it is better to get more Josh Freeman vs. Giants games?

  84. genebulge says: Apr 24, 2014 12:53 PM

    What’s next. The NFL wont allow Seahawks fans to attend another super bowl because of the nail biter against the Bronco’s? What other sporting league around the world would dare pull something like this. There are some pretty rowdy crowds at soccer matches around the world. If you cant beat them, join them. Go Hawks, Go 12’s.

  85. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 24, 2014 1:07 PM

    You know what would make Seahawks games even better than fake fan noise? Adopting the NBA technical foul system. Mr. Sherman that is three penalties for you, get off the field. Once the holdiest secondary in football is benched we will see the real Seahwaks.

  86. cheaptrix12 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:37 PM

    Hawks were just too dominant and had to get nerfed. Damn us 12s for being the best fans out there.

  87. orcahawk says: Apr 24, 2014 2:07 PM

    Every team has a 12th man. If you show up in your teams stadium and get loud then you are in the game. The Hawks fans dont lay claim to it (unlike those litigating pantloads in Tx) we just enjoy it and let loose. The Clink is loud but the Kingdome was louder IMHO. The last Raiders game in the Kingdome left my ears ringing for over a day.

  88. bradjames33160 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:12 PM

    I am a Broncos fan, and I’m privileged to make friends with many Seahawks fans, Sea Gals are passionate football fans who know the game and the 12th is excellent. I hold no resentment toward the Seahawks, when we meet again, we have to play better, simple as that. In that vein of thought, usually I like Commissioner Goodell but on this point, repent of your sins, sir. The Seahawks deserve lots of primetime games at home, it’s unfair and reprehensible that the good fans of Seattle should be treated this way. GO BRONCOS, but I respect the Seahawks because they deserve it, the NFL should as well

  89. azwildcats96 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    The NFL is a business and 90% of the Seahawk fans are fair weather/bandwagon driving people that don’t pay attention to football until one week before the Super Bowl. Ratings matter.

  90. zawacki73 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    NFL won’t have to worry about that this time. Aaron’s going to have his way with Seattle.

  91. brimab says: Apr 24, 2014 4:15 PM

    Who cares what the reason is? I just thank god I only have to deal with getting into and out of the stadium on a Thursday (or Monday) night once this year. Give me a schedule full of 1 pm Sunday kick offs and I’m fine. Beyond that, who cares if they ever play in prime time? I just care they play deep into January and (hopefully) the first weekend in February.
    Go Hawks!

  92. bigbadal21 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:40 PM

    That is not the reason. The reason is the time difference. Get a clue.

  93. trippinthecripple says: Apr 24, 2014 6:19 PM

    So if the Seahawks win this year’s prime-time road games in blowouts, does that mean they no longer be allowed to play in nationally televised games?
    Is the next step to cut their roster to 45 active players? Or make it so they can only have 10 men on the field at a time?
    Come on, man! You know this wouldn’t happen if it were Pittsburgh, Dallas or one of the New Jersey teams posting double-digit wins at home in prime-time.

  94. mtseagal says: Apr 24, 2014 7:12 PM

    This is a bunch of crap! I think we should all write to the NFL.

  95. tucsonpackfan says: Apr 24, 2014 7:13 PM

    The weather is just to unpredictable. Who likes watching the game in a rain storm.

  96. fasteddy415 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:13 PM

    It’s more that the NFL is wary of the unprofessional post-game antics of some of the Seahawk players.

  97. askramer10 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:25 PM

    It is ironic that people say that the NFL is becoming to wimpy and they aren’t allowed tot play, yet when the secondary plays smashmouth, lockdown D the same people whine. Sucks for you if your team’s secondary isn’t good enough. Go Hawks

  98. gdeli says: Apr 24, 2014 10:52 PM

    Good call I guess for the natl audience. The vikes screwed up so bad they get squat!

  99. ldavid69 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:36 AM

    This is what you call, being a victim of your own success.

  100. sb44champs says: Apr 25, 2014 4:15 PM

    The NFL is just now being wary? Saints have been blowing teams out at home for the last 8 years… Seattle has done it for 1 year…so we’ll just have to see if they are a 1 year wonder..

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