The NFL season moved further into the horizon on Monday, with the Seahawks announcing their full pre-season schedule.
The four-game slate, as ever includes two road and two home games as the team prepares for the 2017 season. The schedule includes one first, one tradition kept up and a possible debut in the booth.
To open the 2017 prep is a trip down to Los Angeles to face the newly-moved in Los Angeles Chargers. Obviously the game will be the first Chargers game in L.A and that fact will bring a lot of added attention to it. The last time the Seahawks faced the Chargers in the pre-season was two years ago. A 16-15 win was spotted by a 67 yard punt return by rookie Tyler Lockett, the birth of that star.
This year will see the debut of the new crop of Seahawks rookies in the bright lights of Los Angeles.
A week later the Seahawks return home to face Minnesota. The game will be a Blair Walsh-reunion of sorts. The last meeting between the teams was that fateful cold-weather play-off game, for Walsh in particular.
The team remain with the home comfort the week later as Kansas City roll into town. The Seahawks opened up the 2016 pre-season with a trip to Kansas City last year and see them as ever at this point. Last year the Seahawks won the pre-season meeting. The matchup brings alot back as it was the game five years ago which sealed the ‘job’ as Starting Quarterback for a rookie named Russell Wilson.
That game has been selected for National TV coverage on CBS. With the recent addition Tony Romo to the CBS broadcast team, this game maybe his debut in the booth. A year on from the site of his injury which opened the door for Dak Prescott and was the beginning of the end for Romo in Dallas and the NFL.
To wrap up pre-season the team once again head back to the bay to face Oakland. That game could have it’s headline yet to be written if Marshawn Lynch does unretire to join the black and silver. If that happens then this will be a reunion with the franchise-altering running back, even if off-field.
The Raiders match-up is the 12th straight year of the Seahawks facing the Raiders in Week 4 of a pre-season.
With names like Troymaine Pope, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse and Brandon Browner finding their first spotlight in pre-season’s past, the 2017 slate could throw up a new name into that reckoning. All that begins in late July.