- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks have five games this season that will kick off at 10 a.m., body time this is.
Historically speaking, that hasn’t worked out well for Seattle. Over the past 12 seasons, the Seahawks are 19-34 (.358) in regular-season games that start at 10 a.m. PT.
Seattle will open the season at Charlotte with a 1 p.m. ET start (10 a.m. PT). The other 10 a.m. PT starts are at Houston on Sept. 29, at Indianapolis on Oct. 6, at Atlanta on Nov. 10 and at the New York Giants on Dec. 15, so three of the team’s first five games have 10 a.m. starts.
The early start times at the beginning of the season could be trouble, but the coaching staff may have found a way to combat that issue. Every practice session in training camp has started at 10:15 a.m.
So the Seahawks will kick off the 10 a.m. (PT) games at close to the same time that have started their practicing each day this summer.
Also, the Seahawks will travel on Friday for all the Eastern time zone starts. San Francisco is the only team that will fly more miles this season than Seattle. The 49ers will travel 32,948 miles in 2013. The Seahawks will fly 28,238 miles.
That’s more than a trip around the world. The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 24,901 miles.
Some fans believe this 10 a.m.-start issue is a bunch of baloney. Others feels is a legitimate concern. Most of the players say it doesn’t matter. It’s more about playing not playing well on the road.
One statistic tends to side with the argument. The Seahawks are 17-36 (.395) in all other road games over the past 12 seasons.