Do the NFL's six westernmost teams face a disadvantage? It appears they do.
Our friends at ColdHardFootballFacts.com have done the hard work, crunched the digits and drummed up some interesting results:
• In 2011, western teams went 15-12 (.556) in road games starting at 10 a.m. PST. Not too shabby, but helped immensely by the 49ers racking up a 5-0 record in those games.
• From 2007 to 2010, western teams were 34-72 (.321) in 10 a.m. PST road starts and 33-53 (.384) in late-starting away games. Ouch.
• During this stretch, eastern teams dominated this western six-pack with a 44-15 (.746) record against Pacific squads and a 24-11 (.686) mark against Mountain teams. That's 68-26 (.723) overall.