If it seems like the Seahawks just returned from Minnesota and are hitting the road again, it’s because, well, that’s actually happening.
The team has just three full days in Seattle this week between the Minnesota and Oakland road trips, making just about everything at Seahawks headquarters a whirlwind as unpacking, packing and game preparation are squeezed into half the time of a normal week.
The Seahawks returned from Minnesota around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning and will leave for Oakland at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, totaling just 84 hours at home for the players, coaches and staffers this week. The shortened game week would’ve been a challenge in itself, but it’s compounded by the travel schedule.
Only four other NFL teams are playing back-to-back road games in the final two weeks of the preseason, and only one other team (Cincinnati) is playing away from home on the Saturday-Thursday schedule. The other three teams (Atlanta, San Diego and Washington) all played last Friday before this Thursday’s game. All NFL teams will play their final preseason matchups on Thursday this week.
“It definitely creates a unique challenge,” Coach Pete Carroll said of the back-to-back roadies in a short week to close out the preseason. “But it’ll be a good opportunity for us to learn how to adjust and work through issues that can arise on the road.”