The Seattle Seahawks are vying for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, something that has resulted in Super Bowl appearances the previous three times it’s happened. If we do see Seattle as the #1 seed by the end of the regular season, you can thank the team’s outstanding form away from CenturyLink Field.
Thanks to the San Francisco 49ers’ narrow 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Seahawks are the only team in the NFL with a perfect road record. Seattle’s 6-0 mark is a franchise-first, and it’s only the second time that they’ve even reached six road wins in a regular season. That previous time? The Super Bowl winning 2013 campaign, in which they went 6-2 and had 4th quarter leads in the losses against the Indianapolis Colts and the 49ers.
The tale is often told that the Seahawks aren’t that good a road team. Well if they do win out and beat the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers, they could finish with the 3rd best road record of the 2010s. At present, they’re already 5th and that even includes when the 2010 team posted a 2-6 road record. Seattle has been one of the NFL’s better road teams under Pete Carroll, but this year in particular is something I don’t think anyone expected.
Of course, the Seahawks are 3-2 at home and actually have a negative point differential, but it’s been a very daunting home schedule this year. Ignore the Cincinnati Bengals for a second and look at Seattle’s toughest matchups; they’ve played the current #1 seed in the AFC (Baltimore Ravens) and #2 seed in the NFC (New Orleans Saints), losing to both of them. They’re taking on the 8-3 Minnesota Vikings tonight on Monday Night Football and end the year with a rematch against the 49ers. Compare that to the road schedule, and only the 49ers and pre-Minkah Fitzpatrick Pittsburgh Steelers have winning records.
Do you give a damn about the underwhelming road schedule? You shouldn’t, because winning on the road is hard even against terrible opposition. And the Seahawks have been able to send the opposing fans home unhappy 100% of the time this season.