The Seattle Seahawks took a big step toward getting back to the Super Bowl with their win on Monday night. But if they are going to go back for a third-straight shot at the Lombardi Trophy, they will have to overcome a huge disadvantage in terms of travel.
During the 2015 season, the Seahawks will have to travel 13,649 miles for their eight road games this season, second only to fellow West Coast team, the San Francisco 49ers (13,904 miles), according to data compiled by Carey.com.
At the other end, the Philadelphia Eagles have the easiest travel schedule, with a total of just 3,410 miles to travel for an average of just 426 miles per road game, nearly 1,300 miles fewer than the average road trip for the Seahawks (1,706 miles).
Of course, teams on the west coast will always have to travel more. However, it could be worse. The divisional rotation has the Seahawks’ NFC West playing against the NFC North and AFC North divisions this season, and not either of the eastern or southern divisions*.
- Cork Gaines/Business Insider
*Each division in the NFL rotates opponents each season. All the teams in a division will play the same eight common nondivision opponents, four from a division within their conference and four from a division in the opposite conference. Those divisions rotate each season.
Here is an infographic created by Carey.com: