I like to see a good, random jersey. There was someone wearing an Atlanta Falcon’s Brett Favre jersey when the Packers pulled up to their hotel yesterday, that was solid. Walking around Seattle, you see a lot of #12s. Maybe (probably?) more than any other number. On the back, these jerseys usually say “FAN” or “MAN,” representing the Seahawks’ famed “12th Man” crowd.
The Seahawks are, like most teams, tougher at home than on the road. This crowd, though, they take pride in their noise. Players I talked to, like Randall Cobb, are expecting an SEC-like, Kansas City Chiefs-like, dome-like level of noise.
The “12th Man” does make a measurable impact. The Seahawks’ record is better at home than on the road; though not dramatically in the last few seasons … but in fairness, they haven’t been one of the NFL’s top teams, so no piling up wins. Interesting stat from the team’s game notes: since 2005, the Seahawks have forced opponents into more false start penalties, 112 of them, than any other stadium. The 2nd-4th ranked teams in that stat are Minnesota, Detroit and St. Louis respectively — all domes.
To combat this (and, perhaps … though unlikely … bother the media), the Packers pumped artificial noise into practice for the first time since prepping for the Bengals in the preseason. Bryan Bulaga says it’s helpful, but there’s no way to simulate what the stadium itself is going to be like.
Seahawks fans we’ve chatted with are pumped about this team. They believe in their De Pere native general manager John Schneider and his Packers-like philosophy. Expect an amped crowd Monday night. This town believes beating the Packers will put the rest of the NFL on notice that the Seahawks, and their “12th Man”-advantage, are back.