In a recent piece posted on ESPN.com, senior writer Greg Garber examines the top home-field advantages in the NFL. Unsurprisingly, Seattle's CenturyLink Field ranked second on Garber's list, trailing only M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home to the Ravens.
Just three weeks after playing at Baltimore, the Patriots will travel to Seattle and face the test of unseating the Seahawks at home, where they have not yet lost in two tries this season.
Garber notes that Seattle has won nearly 65 percent of their home games over the past decade (and just over 37 percent of their road contests during that same span), and highlights the structural design of the roughly 900,000-square-foot venue as well as the savvy fans who pack the place.
Roof canopies covering nearly 70 percent of the stadium serve the dual purpose of protecting fans from inclement weather and also trapping noise generated from the passionate crowd.
The Patriots have talked liberally this week about the challenge of playing in Seattle, with head coach Bill Belichick and receiver Deion Branch, who played in Seattle for four-plus seasons, amongst those to declare it the loudest stadium in the NFL.
Says veteran Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant of the crowd: "We call it the 12th man out here. They're loud and crazy; they just own it. I think it's just the energy they bring to the defense, the push they give the offense."
To read the piece and check out Garber's full Hot Read series, click HERE.