DAVIE, Fla. – The Seattle Seahawks boast what is widely regarded as one of the top home-field advantages in the NFL. The famed "12th man" gets national fanfare for making CenturyLink Field the loudest stadium in the NFL.
Suh is talented enough to take over a game, and he's done so in the past. The Dolphins will need another dominant performance to keep quarterback Russell Wilson and Seattle's offense under wraps.
“I love going into other people’s homes and having the opportunity to go against their offense and have it nice and quiet and just destroy them and keep them quiet,” Suh said. “That’s how I look at going to away games. I actually enjoy it. I don’t really see it as an advantage [for them] on my side of the ball.”
The seven-year veteran has never played in Seattle, but Suh has heard “great things” about the environment at CenturyLink Field from current and former teammates.
Plenty of responsibility will be put on Suh and Miami’s defensive line this season. This is the strong part of the roster, led by Suh, Mario Williams and Cameron Wake, who combine for 12 Pro Bowls. According to Suh, the standard is high and he expects the defense to play well.
On paper, the Dolphins’ defensive line should have an advantage over Seattle’s offensive line. And if Seattle's offense struggles, that would equal a quiet home stadium.
“Obviously our sideline should be the loudest people that we hear,” Suh said.
The Dolphins have put plenty of thought into how to be at their best on Sunday. Miami-to-Seattle is the longest possible road trip in the NFL, so the Dolphins will travel on Thursday, three days before kickoff, to adjust to the time change and new sleep patterns.
“We just thought it was best and gave us the best chance to win, as far as getting our guys ready to go,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “We just want to feel as good as we can going into that game. We’ll see what the results are.”