Seahawks 2022 schedule: December
Seaside Joe 1194: A Bobby, a Robbie, and a Bono
Meteorologists have long referred to December as one of the “coldest” months of the year, but nothing could freeze time in 2022 like the Seahawks entering the home stretch with a winning record.
That may not be likely, but previously on “Seahawks 2022 schedule” we’ve seen home dates against the Falcons and Giants, plus a road trip to face the Lions. If Seattle wins those three games, then they’ll need to go 3-5 in their other eight to be 6-5 with six to play.
Broncos, @49ers, @Saints, Cardinals, @Chargers, @Cardinals, @Bucs, Raiders.
Could the Seahawks beat the 49ers, Saints, and Cardinals without DeAndre Hopkins?
Could they beat Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, and Derek Carr?
Perhaps the biggest question is not “What happens if the Seahawks sweep those three awful teams?” but “What happens if they don’t?” That’s where maybe Bryce Young enters the picture in 2023.
Tonight, I will cover Seattle’s four December games.
This is the 53rd article that I’ve written since May 1st, right after the conclusion of the draft, many of them have been quite in-depth. I don’t mean to boast, but maybe 53 articles in less than six weeks sounds like a normal number and it would help if I added context.
There have been 15 articles at The Athletic Seattle in that same period of time. Six at one of my all-time favorite Seahawks draft blogs. Just one post-draft article by one of the most famous Hawk bloggers on the internet. I’m not shaming anyone. Everyone has their approach and what works. If you would like to support Seaside Joe through the next 53 articles, consider a $5/month subscription. It could come out to less than a dime per article, which is even less than if you had a $1/month subscription to The Athletic.
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December 4 at Los Angeles Rams
Even though the Seahawks have to play the AFC West and have four games against the two teams that reached the NFC Championship last season, they do avoid matchups against the Packers, Cowboys, Eagles, and Vikings, all of whom I believe have good odds of reaching the playoffs. I would call Green Bay the best team in the NFC, not only because of Aaron Rodgers, but because they have a stacked defense at all three levels and just added two more first round picks to it.
But Seattle does have to play the defending champions twice and this is the Seahawks first meeting with the Rams in 2022, with the second matchup being a home game season finale.
The Rams lost Von Miller, but gained Bobby Wagner, who should provide some insight into Seattle’s scheme—even though LA really doesn’t need any more advantages in this series than they already have. The Rams lost Odell Beckham Jr, but gained Allen Robinson, and they could still re-sign OBJ. In fact, it is possible that OBJ could re-sign and be available for both games against the Seahawks in 2022.
Sean McVay is favored over Pete Carroll until he isn’t.
December 11 vs Carolina Panthers
We’ve talked about the Falcons, Giants, and Lions—but the Panthers could be the worst team in Seattle’s 2022 schedule.
It feels like it has been decades since NFL teams were still giving quarterbacks Sam Darnold fifth chances. Sure, there were the days when Rick Mirer could still be traded for a first round pick, but apparently Carolina never learned from the Jets’ mistake—twice. (The Jets traded the first for Mirer, and of course also drafted Darnold and started him for three years.)
This is how bad things are for the Panthers right now…
Sam Darnold is like a virus that Robbie Anderson can’t escape.
The Carolina Panthers start the season with Matt Rhule as head coach, Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator, Darnold as quarterback, and Christian McCaffrey healthy.
By Week 14, perhaps none of that will still be true. Maybe this is the Seahawks third win of the season. Maybe it’s their seventh.
Who do you think is the worst team in the NFL next season?
December 15 vs San Francisco 49ers (TNF)
I am still unable to accept the fact that the Seahawks have won 15 of the last 17 in this series. Ever since people started saying that this is a “rivalry”, it hasn’t been. Not even close.
You would think that 2022 is the time when things finally come together for the 49ers in this series. Then you remember that Kyle Shanahan went 4-12 in 2018 and 6-10 in 2020, both years that San Francisco was supposed to “finally come together”.
December 24 at Kansas City Chiefs
Speaking of dominant, the Chiefs once won 14 of 15 against the Seahawks in the 90’s, with the lone Seattle victory coming 10-9 in 1994. The man Mirer himself went 15-of-31 for 195 yards, Dan McGwire went 3-4 in relief, Chris Warren had 22 carries for 53 yards, and fullback Steve Smith scored the only touchdown of the game.
On the other side, Joe Montana went 19-of-35 for 163 yards, with Steve Bono going 7-12 in relief for 39 yards. The game ended with John Kasay giving the Seahawks a 10-9 lead with a 32-yard field goal, then receiver Lake Dawson losing a fumble that was recovered by Robert Blackmon on a punchout by cornerback Orlando Watters.
Recounting that game in 1994 is probably more fun than watching Patrick Mahomes do whatever he’s going to do against the Seahawks on Christmas Eve.
What’s the Seahawks-Chiefs game you will always remember? Tell me in the comments!