The pre season schedule hit the market for the upcoming 2012 NFL season this week. Dates and times are still up in the air, but Seattle will have a their hands full testing their new lineup.
Most of us know that the ‘Hawks season this year will either make or break their future, going up against the major powerhouses of both the NFC north and AFC east. Both Green Bay and New England will have huge chips on their shoulders coming into Centrylink. One team leaving their season with 15-2 and the other missing “another” chance to redeem themselves against a previous lost to the new Superbowl champions. Plus away games in both Buffalo, new home to Mario Williams, and Detroit, one of the loudest stadiums (Ford Field) in the NFL, but still not as loud as the ‘Hawks home.
First game will have a returning hero to the Seahawks nation. Matt Hasselbeck, the ‘Hawks long time quarterback, will be making a brief return since his magnificent display in 2011 against the once Superbowl champions, the New Orleans Saints. He will most likely be the starting quarterback for his new team, the Tennessee Titans, barring Jake Locker makes some amazing push forward to become the new starter of the team. Matt’s leaving left a heavy heart on the Seahawks nation. Neither he nor the fans liked seeing him leave, so I’m sure he will be well recieved, even if he only play a few downs.
Next on the list will be a road game against the new styled, Manning driven, and ex AFC rivals, Denver Broncos. Seattle will be put to the test to see how much Manning has recovered and what Elway and Fox put around the part quarterback, part offensive coordinator. Though it is only a preseason game, it still a game we need to win to prove what we can do.
The next game will be against the Kansas City Chiefs. Also an ex AFC rival, the Chiefs will be in their own home, Arrowhead Stadium, another tough arena to play in. Peyton Hillis will be dawning his new uniform to help the powerhouse running backs that adorn the teams back field. The last meeting with the Chiefs was a bad one, losing 42-24 at home in November of 2010.
The final game will be the same match up that the ‘Hawks have faced for the last seven seasons, their last AFC rivals, the Oakland Raiders. This will be the Raiders sixth time visiting Seattle in the preseason. Oakland is at a bit of an overhaul in both the front office and head coaching spot, with Al Davis passing away last year and Hue Jackson being released. No one but Raiders fans will know what they plan to do this season, so I guess the world will have to wait and see.
All and all, it’s only the pre season. You can take it or leave it. I for one will take it. The schedule this year will be no easy task and I’d like to see what the new Seahawks can do to some pretty high ranking names in football and the NFL today.