The Seattle Seahawks will play in a nationally televised game for a third consecutive season.
Considered one of the NFC favorites to reach the Super Bowl, the Seahawks have four prime-time game scheduled in 2013, the NFL announced Thursday as part of its regular-season schedule release. Flex scheduling late in the season could increase the total.
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens kick off the season Sept. 5 at Denver in a nationally televised game.
Seattle played three nationally televised games last season, defeating Green Bay and San Francisco at CenturyLink Field and losing to the 49ers on the road.
The Seahawks start the 2013 season Sept. 8 at Carolina. Seattle defeated the Panthers, 16-12, in Charlotte, N.C., last season.
Seattle’s prime-time slate includes two Monday night games for the first time since 2006. The four nationally televised games are the most they have had since playing five in 2006.
Seattle’s first prime-time game is a Sept. 15 contest against Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco.
The Seahawks then have nationally televised road games against division rivals Arizona (Thursday, Oct. 17) and St. Louis (Monday, Oct. 28).
The Seahawks conclude their prime-time schedule by hosting New Orleans on Monday, Dec. 2.
The Seahawks have won six Monday night games in a row, and their .692 winning percentage on Monday night leads the NFL.
Seattle has six games against 2012 playoff teams, including San Francisco twice, at Houston, at Indianapolis, at Atlanta and home against Minnesota.
The Seahawks’ toughest stretch
is in October, when they play three of four on the road, including games at Indianapolis, Arizona and St. Louis.
However, after a Nov. 24 bye, the Seahawks play three of their last five games at CenturyLink Field.
They will face division rivals in three of their last four games.
Seattle travels to San Francisco for a Dec. 8 contest, then plays host to Arizona on Dec. 22 and finishes at home Dec. 29 against St. Louis.
The Seahawks have five 10 a.m. Pacific start times on the road. Since 2008, the Seahawks are 6-21 in 10 a.m. starts, including 1-4 in 2012, including a playoff loss.Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams