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.

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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.

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

    #oneanddone

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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

  39. 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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