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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Seahawks, 49ers draw maximum early kickoffs

By Mike Sando

West Coast Teams, 2005-2008
Record vs. St. Louis in 10 a.m. PT Games Record in other 10 a.m. PT Road Games
Record in all 10 a.m. PT Road Games
Record in all non-10 a.m. PT Road Games
Record in All Road Games
Seahawks 4-0 4-10 8-10 6-8 14-18
49ers 3-1 2-17 5-18 4-4 9-22
Cardinals 4-0 1-15 5-15 4-8 9-23
Raiders 0-0 6-15
6-15 3-8 9-23
Chargers 0-0 10-9 10-9 7-3 17-12

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Chargers emerged victorious in West Coast teams' efforts to reduce 10 a.m. PT kickoffs. San Diego drew just one early start in 2009. Prime-time road games against Pittsburgh and Tennessee helped the Chargers cut down on the number.

West Coast Team
2009 Games at 10 a.m. PT

The 49ers and Seahawks each drew the maximum number of 10 a.m. PT kickoffs with six apiece. San Francisco's road games against Seattle and Arizona cannot begin that early. Same goes for Seattle's road games against San Francisco and Arizona.

The Cardinals came out more favorably. Three of their four early kickoffs begin at 11 a.m. in their time zone. I've included those in the chart, but those starts shouldn't be quite as difficult for Arizona, at least in theory.

The first chart shows how West Coast teams have fared in early kickoffs since 2005, separating games played against the Rams. That chart does not count neutral-site road games involving the 49ers and Chargers.