Giants vs. Seahawks to kick off 2014 season? That seems unlikely

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Giants open the 2014 NFL season against the Seattle Seahawks?

One of the New York Giants' eight road games in 2014 will be against the newly-crowned Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. That has led to speculation about the possibility that the Giants could be paired against the Seahawks for the Thursday night season-opener.

To be frank, I see almost no chance of that happening.

Here are the other teams the Seahawks will host in 2014:

Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders.

The NFL loves to find the best possible matchup for its season opener. There is no way the NFL can look at those eight opponents and think Giants-Seahawks is the most attractive matchup for the season-opener.

The natural matchup would be Seahawks vs. Broncos, pitting the two teams that just played in the Super Bowl. A season-opening game between the Seahawks and 49ers would also be a huge draw for the NFL. The league might even see Aaron Rodgers and the Packers or Tony Romo and the Cowboys as better fits for the season-opening stage than the Giants at this point.

When the Giants and Seahawks played in 2013, a 23-0 Seahawks' victory, the Giants didn't look like they belonged in the same stadium as Seattle. That likely isn't the kind of matchup the league wants to open 2014 with.

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