New England Patriots

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 11: The sun goes down in front of CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. According to reports, air quality is expected to worsen as smoke from dozens of wildfires in forests of the Pacific Northwest and along the West Coast descends onto the region. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Poor air quality caused by wildfires in Seattle forced the Seattle Mariners to move their series with the San Francisco Giants out of T-Mobile Park and down to San Francisco.

This was after the A’s and Mariners played (and visibly struggled) through the smoke and haze earlier this week and with the air quality considered ‘very unhealthy’ according to the Air Quality Index.

But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, whose team will welcome the Patriots to CenturyLink Field in Week 2 for their first home game of the 2020 season, isn’t expecting these issues to linger into their 8:20 p.m. kickoff on Sunday night.

“We’ve seen a turn in the weather patterns coming for the weekend that should help us out,” Carroll said. “So we’re tuned into it. You know, it looks like the predictions, if you’re paying attention to the science, the predictions are that it’s going to move out some her, but anything could happen. We have to be ready for something to vary, but we think it’s going to be fine.”

The NFL is aware of the potential problem should these predictions fail to pan out, too, and according to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, the NFL is “monitoring the situation.”

This will be the Patriots’ first trip to Seattle since Oct. 14, 2012.

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