What do the Tennessee Titans have to deal with in terms of being the road team?
Titan Sized: The Titans travel across the country with this one. Is there any truth or validity to the theory that East Coast traveling to the Pacific Northwest has a decided disadvantage? Is the 12th man really that disarming?
I think the advantage for the Seahawks over the last decade for teams traveling to Seattle is that Seattle has been pretty good. In fact, Seattle has a win percentage over .700 when they travel east since Pete Carroll became head coach in 2010, so it’s not the travel as it is the talent Seattle has had.
That being said, Lumen Field does get extremely loud and that does affect outcomes sometimes. That was certainly missed last season in a game like when Seattle defeated the Patriots. First, 12s would have been going crazy on the last play of the game when Seattle stopped Cam Newton just short of the goal line and the Seahawks won, but Newton threw for a ton of yards that game and did not have to be unsettled by the crowd noise.
For every NFL team, it’s great to have fans back, the 12s do seem to make more of a difference than most simply based on how loud the crowd gets.