Is the NFL punishing the Seahawks for being too good at home?


The Seahawks usually win here — and win big. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

Playing at CenturyLink Field may be an advantage for the Seattle Seahawks, but lopsided wins don’t do much for the NFL’s TV ratings.

That’s why, Pro Football Talk reports, the Super Bowl champions will play only one of the four prime-time TV games on their schedule in Seattle.

Last year, the Seahawks, who have won 17 of their last 18 home games, beat San Francisco 29-3 in Week 2 on a Sunday night, then beat New Orleans 34-7 in a Monday night game in Week 13.

The Seahawks, of course, earned the prime-time Thursday night season opener by virtue of their Super Bowl victory and CenturyLink will be the site of the Sept. 4 game. After that, though, they’ll visit Washington, San Francisco and Arizona for prime-time games. As PFT points out, the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles will each host three prime-time games and 15 teams will host two.

And then there’s the fact that the Seahawks were chosen for “only” four prime-time games. The New York Giants, who were next-to-last in the NFC East last year, will play in five.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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