Everyone knows that the Seattle Seahawks have one of the best home-field advantages in all of football, and in Week 12, the Las Vegas Raiders will be playing them in Seattle.
The Seahawks aren’t a bad team this year like everyone thought they would be. In fact, they are actually good, and I’d say better than the Raiders, but that’s just me.
They have a pretty balanced team. The defense has a lot of young talent on it with a rookie cornerback in Tariq Woolen, who is one of the best in the league. The offense can run it or throw it pretty efficiently, too.
However, the fact that they are playing at home is what Raiders fans should be worried about. That place is one of the loudest in the NFL, as the ’12th man’ is almost exactly what it is named.
“The noise will be the same as we have done with Kansas City, and a handful of other places, Denver, where we have had certainly loud music or the airplane runway where we can’t hear anything out there when we are on offense or the kicking units. So we will simulate that,” head coach Josh McDaniels said.
The Seahawks truly use their crowd and rabid fan base as an advantage to help them on game days. The Raiders have dealt with similar situations so far this season though, like what McDaniels mentioned in Kansas City, who I think is the loudest.
But that isn’t the only advantage the Seahawks get from playing at home.
“When you are going from a climate like this, where you really don’t have any wet weather days, and so you are going to potentially play in it, we will simulate that as well, whether that is ball-handling, quarterback-center exchanges… the best we can,” McDaniels said of the weather in Seattle.
“I mean, we aren’t going to have the sprinkler system on while we are practicing. We will do as much as we can to try and simulate some of the things I think our guys don’t have as much repetition at, and that’s the best we can do right now.”
The rain can be hell, to be quite frank. Just this year we have seen a couple of rain games played that were brutal. The most notable being the game between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.
If you go back and watch some of that game, you can see it’s not only hard to catch and throw the ball in the rain but to run it too.
Rain brings a whole new level of difficulty to a game, and it can be something that completely changes a game with one turnover.
The Raiders are comfortable it seems though in the way they will be simulating some of these things. I still think these circumstances could change the game and likely not in the Raiders’ favor.
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