Amid arguably a little too much fanfare, the regular season schedules for each and every NFL team was released on Wednesday evening. Of course in doing so, fans and media learned which teams landed the heavily coveted appearances during prime-time coverage.
Prime-time games now amount to three weekly showcases, of course being “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN and “Thursday Night Football” on CBS.
Despite the proliferation of prime-time games, the Seattle Seahawks, the reigning champions, make only one solitary appearance at home in prime-time, hosting the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4, to kick-off the 2014 NFL regular season.
Granted, the Seahawks are featured in prime-time four times, including its home game against the Packers, and will hit the road for nationally televised prime-time events three other times: Against the Washington Redskins on “Monday Night Football” in Week 5, at the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night in Week 13 and finally will be in Arizona to take on the Cardinals on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 16.
But why? Why can’t the Seahawks showcase its loud-as-hell stadium and the team’s much ballyhooed and rabid “12th Man” fanbase for all the world to see? They are the Super Bowl champs, after all.
Pro Football Talk reports that a league source claims the Seahawks simply are just too damn good at home and the ensuing blowouts aren’t good for ratings.
The outcomes of three recent appearances certainly justify the NFL’s alleged position on the issue and subsequent decision to keep Seahawks’ home games out of prime-time.
Seattle destroyed the New Orleans Saints by a score of 34-7 on Monday night last December. And in two Sunday night match-ups over the past two seasons against the division rival 49ers, games that should have been hotly contested, close affairs, the Seahawks obliterated the 49ers by scores of 42-13 and 29-3. Total blowouts.
One saving grace for the Seahawks is that flex games reportedly will begin earlier this season, starting in Week 5, meaning there is a chance that a Sunday afternoon home game in Seattle at CenturyLink Field may end up being flexed to Sunday night, meaning a national audience will be able to see Marshawn Lynch go “Beast Mode,” Pete Carroll mug on the sidelines and Seahawks fans break world records for noise more often after all.