The Seattle Seahawks are used to travelling more miles than any other team in the NFL from their home in the Pacific Northwest.
But they're setting a new standard this week for Sunday's matchup with the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London. The Seahawks estimate they'll travel 4,801 miles to the game, their first overseas.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner was asked if he was excited.
"The flight, no. London, yes," Wagner told The Seattle Times.
The Seahawks (2-3) left after practice Wednesday, while the Raiders (1-4) planned to travel Thursday.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll consulted with his former defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, who made the London trip four straight years while the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Carroll said Bradley stressed the importance of making sure the distractions didn't become overwhelming.
"It was making sure that everyone was focused and not distracted by the trip and the event of being in a foreign country and all that kind of stuff," Carroll said. "Just so there was a process of normal focus going into game time."
Raiders coach Jon Gruden admitted he wasn't excited about playing a home game in London.
Gruden said he once flew 14 hours back from Belarus after his son's powerlifting championship and had vertigo for a month.
"I couldn't even lay down, the house was spinning. I am hoping I don't get vertigo," Gruden said. "I'm not a great traveller. I'll be honest with you, I hate it. I'm not good. I'm concerned."
Sunday's game will also feature the first matchup between Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and his former team since he retired following the 2015 season.
Lynch came back last year to play for his hometown Raiders. He's rushed for 331 yards this season, which ranks ninth in the NFL.
"He looks quicker. Looks stronger," the Seahawks' Wagner said. "It's going to be a dope challenge if they give him the ball a lot ... definitely, know he's going to want to run the ball against us, so got to be ready."
Last week, in a 26-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, the Raiders decided to throw on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line instead of hand the ball to Lynch. Derek Carr's pass was intercepted, leading Lynch to throw his helmet in frustration. It was reminiscent of the 2015 Super Bowl, when the Seahawks did nearly the same thing, with Russell Wilson picked off by New England's Malcolm Butler to clinch the Patriots' victory.
"It won't be the last pass I call on first-and-goal either," Gruden said. "Lynch is frustrated. I think I threw my visor and my headset, so I think he and I have a lot in common."
But, as Gruden also noted: "We were down 20-3. It wasn't the last play of the Super Bowl."
Carroll said Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, who has yet to make his season debut after knee surgery, won't play. Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele, who missed last week's game with a knee injury, didn't practice Wednesday and Gruden termed him "questionable."
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