Sunday, October 17, 2010
Rise and shine: Seahawks getting early start
By Mike Sando
CHICAGO -- The Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are 0-4 this season and 10-54 (.156) since 2005 in non-division road games kicking off at 10 a.m. PT.
Their record is 17-30 (.362) in non-division road games kicking off later than 10 a.m. PT.
That is something to keep in mind when the Seahawks' team buses leave for Soldier Field at 6:30 a.m. PT Sunday for a 10 a.m. PT kickoff against the Chicago Bears.
This game will mark the second of three 10 a.m. PT kickoffs for Seattle this season. The Seahawks' charter plane departed Seattle for Chicago on Friday in an effort to let players' internal clocks adjust to the time difference.
The second chart breaks down all Western teams' road records since 2005. Games against the St. Louis Rams were broken out separately.
A quick look at early kickoffs for Western teams this season:
- San Francisco (5): Lost at Kansas City (Week 3), lost at Atlanta (Week 4). Visit Carolina (Week 7), Green Bay (Week 13) and St. Louis (Week 16).
- Arizona (4): Lost at Atlanta (Week 2). Visit Minnesota (Week 9), Kansas City (Week 11) and Carolina (Week 15).
- Oakland (4): Lost at Tennessee (Week 1). Visit Pittsburgh (Week 11), Jacksonville (Week 14) and Kansas City (17).
- Seattle (3): Lost at St. Louis (Week 4). Visit Chicago (Week 6) and Tampa Bay (Week 16).
- San Diego (2): Visit St. Louis (Week 6) and visit Houston (Week 9).
The Chargers have had a good team over the years. That's why they've fared better in early games and all road games. I do think the early kickoffs present special challenges for West Coast teams, however. Teams generally arrive for games one or two days early. An early kickoff can mean 5 a.m. PT wake-up calls on game days.