In the NFL, every team has to travel the same number of times a year. 8 home games, 8 away games. But how far they have to travel comes down to several different factors.
1. The proximity of your division
2. What divisions you are paired with
3. The location of your home city
So, if you are a team like the Seattle Seahawks in the pacific northwest, you immediately have to travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Arizona to complete your NFC West division games. Not long flights, but compared to the proximity of the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, a lot more miles are logged just traveling within your division.
If the Seahawks are paired up with the NFC and AFC East teams, just imagine how inflated their miles traveled goes. At least four trips to the east coast would make for some tedious travel schedules.
In all reality, this is basically what it comes down to. Now, as the NFL has decided to expand their brand globally, teams who are traveling overseas will have more miles, by far, than those who are staying state-side the entire season.
Thanks to our friends at HomeToGo, they have done the math and prove the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel the least amount of miles during the 2017 regular season.
When looking at the chart, it is hard to ignore the drastic difference between the top and the bottom of the chart. You think about jet lag and how it feels to get back from a coast-to-coast flight. Then imagine trying to get geared up for a football game the next week and it is quite the daunting task.
However, on the flip side, if you are a Steelers fan, this is great news, and also a crutch the team won’t have if they struggle on the road in 2017.