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April 15, 2008 11:27 AM

Seahawks schedule: Turkey day in Big-D

Posted by Danny O'Neil

For the first time since 2003, the Seahawks won't be playing on Monday night. However, they will be playing on Thanksgiving for only the third time in franchise history. [Editor's note: An earlier version said this would be the second time. That's incorrect. This is the third time.

The Seahawks play in Dallas on Nov. 27 in the second of two national broadcast games that will be played on Thanksgiving. The Seahawks played the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 1986, beating the Cowboys 31-14. They also played Dallas on Thanksgiving in 1980, losing 51-7. [Thanks to the reader, Kyle, who reminded us of that game that he admitted was a good one to forget given the final score. Also, there are three games on Thanksgiving, the last being a prime-time game televised on the NFL Network.]

The Seahawks have a bye in the fourth week of the season. They also had a bye in Week 4 in 2004.

  • Also, the Seahawks exhibition game against Minnesota -- originally scheduled for Aug. 9 -- will be played on Friday, Aug. 8.

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    Posted by Mark in Kirkland

    11:50 AM, Apr 15, 2008

    Ugh...looks like the 'Hawks will be racking up the frequent flier miles again this year. Come December hopefully we'll be talking about how they took a weakness from 2007 (inability to play on the road at 10am), and turned it into a strength for 2008.

    Posted by Kyle

    11:56 AM, Apr 15, 2008

    Bad mistake, Danny--the Seahawks also played the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 1980, so this is the third time in franchise history. Since Dallas won 51-7, it was a good game to forget.

    Posted by good ol' george

    12:29 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    I like the Seahawks playing on Thanksgiving Day - let's hope the halftime concert is good as well. As for Monday night, I'm upset that they won't be playing but at least I won't have to put up with Hank Williams, Jr.

    Posted by 253

    12:51 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    It's the second of THREE NFL games on Thanksgiving

    Posted by Aaron

    1:20 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    Really only one nationally televised game? As a Hawk's fan in the midwest, I was hoping that a team that consistently gets to and wins playoff games would get more attention. Silly me.

    Posted by Aaron

    1:30 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    Everyone just ignore me. I forgot about the Sunday Night games. Everyone just look away, I'm ashamed right now.

    Posted by Jr in Spokane

    1:37 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    You mentioned the return of Josh Brown when St. Louis is in town. How about the return of Jim Zorn when the Skins come to Seattle? We'll cheer Zorn and boo Brown.

    Posted by Alex A

    2:19 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    Tom Brady and the patriots are coming here next year. What a schedule we got the returning super bowl champs and the guys who lost the super bowl not to mention the packers who sh!t on us and a couple other playoff teams not an easy schedule thatís for sure
    and damn straight cheer for Zorn Boo Brown

    Posted by flybait

    3:04 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    it appears at first a tough schedule, i wonder what changes will impact the teams we are playing? I think we will have agreat season! on to the superbowl.......go hawks!

    Posted by fish93

    3:31 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    Looking at the schedule the beginning and end are fairly easy, we should be 3-0 going into the bye week, I think we will have a easy time winning the division again, but that middle part of the schedule with Washington, Dallas, and NE in a row will be interesting to say the least.

    Posted by gavyde66

    4:08 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    How could you guys be complaining about this schedule......we play 2 road east games early in the season when its warm ....those games could have been back-to-back in late Decemberand we play a bulk of our tougher games at home (NE/Wash/Philly/GB)...remember guys...we are 24-4 in our building (including playoffs) since 2005....as for playing Dallas on Turkey Day...why not play them that day...let all of America see what we are about.....I follow this stuff very closely and this is a GREAT schedule considering the opponents we drew.....remember everyone thought oput schedule was tough last year at this time and it ended up one of the easiest....just be happy there are no cold weather games on the road....we are going to be fine...GO HAWKS

    Posted by uncle billy

    9:15 PM, Apr 15, 2008

    Who cares if they are not on MNF? Sunday nights are what it's about now. 2 Sunday nights and one Thursday night seems about right for this team. It's a tough schedule, but we'll see what this team is made of.

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