The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best homefield advantages in the NFL, but it shouldn't be much of a factor when they host the New England Patriots in Week 2 of the 2020 season.
The Seahawks announced Wednesday that their first three home games at CenturyLink Field will not have fans in attendance, including Seattle's matchup versus New England on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8:20 p.m. ET.
CenturyLink Field is among the toughest places to play in the league. Not only is weather often a factor, but Seahawks fans provide one of the most raucous crowd environments in football. "The 12s", as they're called, rank among the most passionate fans in any sport.
The Seahawks also have a 40-16 record at home since the beginning of the 2013 season.
Playing the Seahawks on the road without having to deal with a hostile crowd is a huge break for the Patriots. That said, the Seahawks are a Super Bowl contender and should still be a very difficult matchup for the Patriots. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is a top three player at his position, and the team's defense should be much improved after acquiring star safety Jamal Adams via trade last month.
It's going to be a very important game for the Patriots as they attempt to reach the Week 6 bye with a winning record.