Seahawks To Travel Sixth-Most Road Miles In NFL In 2017
Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck would often joke about his team’s remoteness in the NFL world, referring to the club's stomping grounds as “southern Alaska,” a knock on the media attention Seattle received at the time as well as an exaggerated explanation of where the team was situated geographically compared to the rest of the NFL landscape.
Nestled in the upper left corner of the United States, the Seahawks' remoteness Hasselbeck referred to gives way to some of the more lengthy road trips in the NFL, and this season, Seattle ranks number six among the League’s 32 teams for the number of miles traveled to away games.
Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline of the Seattle Seahawks and team charter provider, will fly the Seahawks 25,688 miles this season to and from their eight regular-season away games in 2017. For West Coast teams like Seattle, it’s a year-to-year travel trend that comes with the territory.
Five of the six highest 2017 mileage totals belong to West Coast clubs, including the division rival Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals, the two teams that will travel the most miles in 2017 thanks in large part to a regular-season matchup against one another set in London, England. The Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Chargers round out the top five for the most miles traveled in the NFL this coming season.
Long travel times or not, the Seahawks have found success away from home in recent seasons under head coach Pete Carroll. Prior to last year’s 3-4-1 road record, the Seahawks posted winning marks on the road three years straight, going 5-3 in away games from 2013-15, a run that included the Seahawks’ first road playoff win since 1983.
One road-note working in the Seahawks’ favor this season is that the team will kick off just one road game at the 10 a.m. PT time slot. The team had two such road games last season and before that would regularly play as many as four or five such games in recent years. Add in the fact that Seattle has no true stretch of back-to-back road games in 2017 (the Seahawks’ Week 6 bye is sandwiched in between a Week 5 road game at the Rams and a Week 7 road game at the New York Giants) and it looks to be a fairly favorable road setup for the Seahawks this season. The Seahawks had two different back-to-back road trips last year and three the year before that.
2017 Season Total Miles Traveled
1. Los Angeles Rams: 32,498
2. Arizona Cardinals: 30,422
3. Oakland Raiders: 29,048
4. Miami Dolphins: 27,458
5. Los Angeles Chargers: 26,866
6. Seattle Seahawks: 25,688
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: 25,300
8. San Francisco 49ers: 24,056
9. New York Giants: 22,954
10. New Orleans Saints: 22,000
11. Washington Redskins: 20,698
12. Philadelphia Eagles: 20,286
13. Denver Broncos: 18,808
14. New England Patriots: 18,664
15. Houston Texans: 18,518
16. Baltimore Ravens: 18,452
17. Dallas Cowboys: 18,014
18. Minnesota Vikings: 17,196
19. New York Jets: 16,564
20. Cleveland Browns: 16,382
21. Kansas City Chiefs: 15,820
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 13,864
23. Buffalo Bills: 13,216
24. Indianapolis Colts: 13,026
25. Tennessee Titans: 13,024
26. Atlanta Falcons: 12,248
27. Carolina Panthers: 12,056
28. Chicago Bears: 8,302
29. Detroit Lions: 8,164
30. Green Bay Packers: 8,062
31. Cincinnati Bengals: 7,652
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: 6,790