Seahawks To Travel Sixth-Most Road Miles In NFL In 2017

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Richard Sherman

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