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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Geography is an unyielding opponent. The Seahawks know this better than any team in the league. The NFC West knows this better than any division.
Seattle will log a league-high 34,766 air and ground miles over the course of two exhibition road games and eight regular-season road games. At the other end, Cleveland is scheduled to cover only 6,416 miles this season. The numbers come from the NFL's information guide for 2008.
NFC West teams are scheduled to travel 114,616 miles, up from 113,620 last season. Both figures were league highs.
The Seahawks are scheduled to travel more miles this season than AFC North teams combined. Seattle has traveled 68,622 miles over the last two seasons, most in the league. Pittsburgh has traveled a league-low 18,636 miles over the same period.
The travel has seemed to catch up with Seattle during East Coast games that kick off at 10 a.m. PT. Coach Mike Holmgren has changed up travel plans to compensate, but body and mind can be tough to fool. Getting ready for an early kickoff means waking up around 5 in the morning Pacific time.