The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to take part in four primetime games in the 2014 season. Though after the season opening game against the Packers (which they kind of have to host, unless a baseball team feels like messing up the scheduling) all the Seahawks’ remaining primetime games are on the road.
There’s a reason for that, of course: the Seahawks are typically too awesome in that cauldron of loudy loudness when it comes to primetime games. It’s only regular afternoon games against the Cardinals that they’re vulnerable.
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.
I think we can agree that we all do like it when spotlight games are competitive, so can’t fault them for that. As a additional benefit, there’s a good chance that if the Seahawks get jobbed by a bad call in the playoffs next season, you’ll hear a bunch of 12th Man conspiracy theorists scream, “THE NFL DOESN’T WANT US BACK IN THE SUPER BOWL! WE’RE BAD FOR RATINGS!”