Schedule coming April 23: Prime-time opener?

Marshawn Lynch runs against the Packers in the NFC title game (Seahawks.com)
Will Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks open at Green Bay on Sunday night?

The NFL schedule will be released next week, with April 23 the expected date — which leads to the question: Will the Seahawks open in prime time?

Because they blew the Super Bowl and lost the right to open at home on Thursday for the second straight year, Sunday night seems like a distinct possibility.

It’s not automatic that the Super Bowl loser gets the Sunday night slot to start the season (e.g., Denver did last year, but the 49ers did not in 2013). But Seattle at Green Bay — a rematch of the stunning NFC title game — would be a heckuva way to cap the first Sunday slate on Sept. 13. It would be the second straight year the Hawks and Packers opened the season against each other — but this time it would be in Green Bay.

It’s also possible the Hawks could host a game, but the NFL admitted last year that it is loath to place the Seahawks in prime time at home because of their immense success in those situations under Pete Carroll (8-0, with seven double-digit wins).

The Seahawks have the fourth-toughest schedule in the NFL in 2015, based on 2014 results. But it’s not as if a tough schedule is anything new for them — they had the No. 10 slate in 2013 and the No. 6 schedule last year.

While we wait for the real schedule, here’s the preseason slate:

2015 preseason schedule

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