The Seattle Seahawks have lost only one game at CenturyLink Field over the past two NFL seasons. A big reason for that success is the loud, intimidating atmosphere Seattle fans create.
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If playing in the NFL's loudest stadium is difficult for veteran quarterbacks, it must be utterly nerve-wracking for a rookie quarterback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller Mike Glennon gave TheMMQB.com a first-person experience of his trip to Seattle.
"I thought I had played in some loud atmospheres in college at N.C. State, but nothing could have prepared me for our Week 9 game against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field," Glennon wrote. "In most NFL stadiums when you're on the road, it gets loud on third down and whenever you're in the red zone. But in Seattle? It's loud on every single down, no matter where you are on the field."
Glennon was making his fifth career start and just the second on the road that week.
During his excellent look at what it's like playing in Seattle, the quarterback explains that it normally takes two or three seconds to communicate an audible, but in Seattle he set aside five or six seconds "to be on the safe side."
"There wasn't another stadium this year that compared to Seattle's raucous environment," Glennon said. "We played in the Georgia Dome, Ford Field, the Superdome -- none of them come even close."
That was all against an 0-7 team, during a game in which the Seahawks trailed big early. Imagine what it will sound like Sunday against a rival with a Super Bowl trip on the line.
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