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Seahawks are a different team on the road

11/28/2012
Russell Wilson has struggled on the road with a 75.5 passer rating compared to 122.0 at home. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Seattle's outdoor stadium has proven to be one of the most difficult road venues in the NFL since its doors opened in 2002.

This season has been no exception.

The Seahawks are 5-0 at home this season with quality wins over playoff-caliber teams such as the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers.

But victories have been tough to come by for Seattle on the road where the Seahawks have lost five of six games by a combined 24 points. Their lone road win came over the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 7.

"It's really hard to win on the road," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "Every place we go and we've been in every game and we've had a chance at every one of the finishes. It's just hard to get. We've had a number of opportunities to execute right down to the end and one thing or another doesn't quite get done. It's happened on both sides of the ball. We haven't been as sharp as we need to finish the games.

"Whether it was right from the Arizona game, the opening game of the year, where we had three plays from the 7- (yard line) and if we get in, we win, and we didn't. And here we are last week (against the Miami Dolphins) again the offense had a chance to go down and kick a field goal and the defense had a chance to stop them and we weren't able to. We're just trying to finish the games better. We finish great at home but haven't finished on the road. We're trying to get that done."

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is a perfect microcosm of what happens to the Seahawks when they leave the Pacific Northwest. In five home games, Wilson has thrown 11 touchdown passes, no interceptions and has a 122.0 quarterback rating. On the road, Wilson's passer rating drops to 75.5.

"Obviously it's tough and all the games have come down to the wire," Wilson said. "That's the National Football League. We just have to make one or two more plays and that is what it comes down to. We're learning, it's still a learning process, but at the same time we think we have a really solid team but we got to keep working."

Further complicating matters for Seattle is the distance they must travel for road games. Last week the Seahawks played a game in Miami, then had to make the return flight to Seattle, before turning around and heading back to Chicago for Sunday's matchup.

"That's as big as a challenge as you get travel-wise," Carroll said. "We have a way that we do it and hopefully we handle it well to get a win here. We've been through the big trips and we've won on the road in a number of places and so we feel like we can handle it. Hopefully we do well this weekend."