I know many of you may be thinking I'm speaking of quarterback completion percentage or what have you but that's not the importance of that digit.
In Seattle, the Patriots face a formidable foe in the Seahawks. A tough scrappy team with a former college coach. This is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL and they hung a jersey for the 12th Man. It will be loud.
Afterwards, the Patriots return home to face a beleaguered and likely desperate Jets team. The Jets have a myriad of issues but as the game with Houston showed, they can still be a threat. Gonna be a tough game.
Finally, the Patriots play the Rams in London. This counts as an away game. The Rams are rather rebuilding but the defense is pretty tough. Their offense still revolves around Steven Jackson, the second tough runner in 3 weeks behind Marshawn Lynch.
So now I'll explain the number. If my shoddy math is right, the Patriots will have traversed 60.3% of the diameter of this planet during these 3 games. The trip from Seattle to London is 4781 miles. This is perhaps the ugliest travel schedule I've ever seen. We do have a bye week after the London game but the team will be very jet-lagged and tired after all this. This is something you see in Amazing Race.
So if the Patriots do manage to do well this road trip or if they drop a game, don't be surprised. I'm not sure who drew this schedule up and it may not be the toughest teams around, but it will surely be the longest travel in 3 weeks any team has ever seen.
And just to add up a bit more, I'm not counting the trip TO Seattle for this game or the trip back from London. If I did the number would be double that.....