It is statistically proven that the odds of winning are reduced when a west coast team plays at 10am PT. There is a pretty large sample of control that validates this. This is no excuse, it is math. I understand the anecdotes and the rhetoric, but it doesn't change the fact the odds of winning decrease with 10am games.
"Soft" and non contender west coast teams will, on average, have a reduced likelyhood of winning 10AM games.
"Tough" and champion caliber west coast teams will, on average, have a reduced likelyhood of winning 10AM games.
Should we win these games? Yes. Does our chances of winning these games go down by playing at 10am? Yes
I'm not being a crybaby, but face the facts, this is a disadvantage. One I hope we overcome. If something is proven to create an unfair advantage then it should be addressed. Perhaps a rule stating no west coast team can have more than 3 regular season 10AM starts. Perhaps a rule stating the visiting team playing a Thursday game has to stay in the same time zone, things of this nature. They created a de facto rule stating east teams didn't have to travel west more than twice or something, I guess that only applies to big market teams. And yes, I would feel exactly the same way if the Niners had 5 10am starts.
I agree with everything here. We can win these games, however, the time does put a handicap on the chances and statistics have proved that. There's no reason not to play the games at 1 pacific. The east coast teams are being provided with a clear advantage and there's something wrong with that, regardless if any of our fans think it doesn't matter when we play.
I feel like last year we were a "real" team but came out very sluggish during a 1 pm playoff game against Atlanta. During the 2nd half, they seemed much more energized.