3 Enticing Week 1 Matchups for Seahawks
In what has become a national holiday for die-hard football fans, the NFL will officially reveal the 2019 regular season schedule on Wednesday, April 17.
Along with their typical six NFC West divisional games, the Seahawks will play all four teams from the AFC North and NFC South along with matchups against the Eagles and Vikings.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s revealing, which game would be the most desirable for Seattle’s season opener? These three exciting out-of-division options have prime-time written all over them to kick off the new year.
Ravens vs. Seahawks
The return of safety Earl Thomas to Seattle obviously would create must-see television to start the season, but that’s far from the only appetizing aspect of this matchup.
Russell Wilson, who has emerged as the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterback, would face off against dynamic second-year signal caller Lamar Jackson for the first time. Both offenses were built heavily around running the football last season and that trend should continue, as Seattle will lean on the duo of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny and Baltimore will hand the ball of frequently to new starter Mark Ingram.
With each team aiming to control the line of scrimmage and possessing quality, well-coached defenses, this should be an old-fashioned slugfest at CenturyLink Field.
Saints vs. Seahawks
In what could be a playoff preview between two talented teams, the real storyline in this matchup could be the potential for this to be the last regular season battle between Wilson and Drew Brees.
While Wilson is now under contract through 2023, Brees will be entering the final year of his current contract and though he’s coming off another sensational season, it’s not out of the realm of possibility the 40-year old quarterback could consider retirement in the near future. With a loaded roster around him, this could be his last great opportunity to win a Super Bowl after coming up just short a year ago.
Keeping that in mind, how much fun would it be to watch him and Wilson, two quarterbacks who have defied the odds and then some, to duke it out in the season opener?
Seahawks at Browns
In prior seasons, a game against Cleveland could often be circled as a victory, but these aren’t your father’s Browns.
Building around second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield and defensive end Myles Garrett, the Browns acquired receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Oliver Vernon in a blockbuster deal with the Giants last month. Boasting a young, talented roster on both sides of the football, they’re now favorites to win the AFC North and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Seeing Mayfield take on Wilson for the first time should be an epic duel and the addition of Beckham will only make this game tougher for Seattle’s defense in a matchup of two teams with postseason aspirations.