The Seattle Seahawks have an extremely dedicated fanbase, but it isn't the largest. It's hard to imagine them filling FedEx Field as much as Giants or Eagles fans are able to.
With that said, it should be as quiet as a church mouse when Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are on offense, and louder than a jet engine when London Fletcher and the defense are on the field.
It hasn't always gone that way, but if last Sunday's game against the Cowboys was any indication of how good a Redskins home crowd can be when there is actually a meaningful game unfolding before their eyes, then it should be a huge advantage for the Redskins.
Washington has split their record down the middle in terms of road and home contests, going 5-3 in each docket. However, with the schedule that they have faced at home, that's pretty good. The only three losses in Landover were against the Falcons (No. 1 seed in the NFC), Bengals (No. 6 seed in the AFC) and Panthers (alright, that loss wasn't so good).
Seattle on the other hand has managed to go 8-0 at home, but have only a 3-5 mark away from CenturyLink Field. Those three road wins? Those were against Carolina, Chicago and Buffalo. All three missing out on the playoffs (but just barely in Chicago's case).
Granted, the Seahawks have been playing better than most NFL teams right now, but their road losses to Arizona, Detroit and Miami are a sure-fire sign that they aren't nearly as strong on the road.
Unfortunately for the Redskins, this game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Eastern time instead of the usual 1:00 p.m. tilt at home. That works in the Seahawks' favor as they are accustomed to playing at that time.
If the NFL had done Washington a favor and scheduled the game at 1:00 p.m. local time, it would have been a huge advantage to have the Seahawks playing at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.
Still, the fact that FedEx Field is the battleground for the first postseason game is an advantage that the Redskins need to jump on early and often. Get control of the crowd and make sure they are on their feet the entire game.
Fans: Don't let the Seahawks get comfortable.