Is winning on the road more difficult in the NFL than any other league?
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Is winning on the road more difficult in the NFL than any other league?
Posted by slackster on 9/16 at 11:02 am
Winning on the road in the NFL is one helluva task. I believe it is harder to win on the road in the NFL than any other league - and I'd even include the NCAA. The parity in the NFL probably explains most of the difficulty.

Just look at the first two weeks of the season.

Seattle goes on the road in Week 1 and barely beats Carolina 12-7, then comes home in Week 2 and destroys the 49ers, a Superbowl favorite and the team with one of the more impressive Week 1 victories.

The Saints look impressive in their home victory over a very good Atlanta team, and then squeeze by a dumpster fire Tampa Bay squad.

Congrats to Miami, San Diego, New Orleans, and Denver for pulling off a difficult feat this week.



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Posted by TN Bhoy on 9/16 at 11:03 am to slackster
Absolutely not.


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Posted by LSUJuice on 9/16 at 11:04 am to slackster
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Just look at the first two weeks of the season.

Why would we look at a very small sample size? Let's look at the last 5 years and you'll have an answer to your question.



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Posted by VermilionTiger on 9/16 at 11:05 am to slackster
Yes

NBA and MLB teams go on road trips and by the 2nd night sorta get accustomed to the time change.

NFL doesn't. Those coast to coast trips are rough

Plus, home field due to fans is better in the NFL



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Posted by LSUJuice on 9/16 at 11:10 am to VermilionTiger
I would guess that college basketball has the best home advantage.


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Posted by tigerpimpbot on 9/16 at 11:10 am to slackster
In 2010 the Dolphins went 7-9 and won 6 of those games on the road.


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Posted by Sevendust912 on 9/16 at 11:11 am to VermilionTiger
Seattle yes. Everywhere else - No.

The Eagles lost a tremendous homefield advantage when they closed down the Vet. Lincoln Financial Field is like a morgue.



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Posted by Tactical1 on 9/16 at 11:17 am to slackster
I don't really think it matters in the NFL except when it comes to coast to coast games.

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Posted by LSUJuice on 9/16 at 11:20 am to LSUJuice
Article from a couple years ago

I think the key stat to look at is the table that shows the home % minus the away %. That's the one where it averages out to be 14.46% higher at home (average for the league).

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Previously, we looked at the impact of home field advantage in the NFL and found that the home team has won 58.04% of games played since 1990 - for a record of 3125-2255-4.


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In the above table, we find a lot of interesting statistics for teams over the last 10 seasons - with one of the biggest being that every team in the NFL, except for the New York Giants, has a greater winning % at home compared to their away winning %.


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Clearly, teams benefit from playing at home. On average, NFL teams win rate of home games are 14.46% higher than away games. But teams do range quite a bit in how they play at home vs. away.


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Posted by lsutigers1992 on 9/16 at 11:23 am to LSUJuice
Before they won the Super Bowl, Sean Payton's Saints were worse at home than on the road.

But seriously--do you think it's harder to win in Seattle than it is to win (for example) at Tiger Stadium, Bryant-Denny or The Swamp? Hmmm. Maybe Vaught-Hemmingway.



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Posted by LSUJuice on 9/16 at 11:28 am to lsutigers1992
There are lots of factors that play in to it, not just crowd noise. There's travel time/fatigue, not sleeping in your own bed, unfamiliarity, indoor/outdoor/weather/time of year, change of routine. But some of these things could go the other way - some teams/players might find it easier to focus on the road without the distractions of being in your home city. My point is, there are too many variables to point to one team's situation from one particular year. You have to look at the league as a whole, over a longer period of time.


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Posted by MrFreakinMiyagi on 9/16 at 11:32 am to slackster
No


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Posted by slackster on 9/16 at 11:32 am to slackster
Article from 2011



Apparently the NBA enjoys the greatest home field advantage.

at the Dolphins



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Posted by LSUJuice on 9/16 at 11:41 am to slackster
I think that's worded oddly. Is that the same as the difference in home win % and away win %?


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Posted by VerlanderBEAST on 9/16 at 12:33 pm to LSUJuice
Homefield has the biggest impact in College basketball by a mile.

As far as pro I would say MLB



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Posted by Alt26 on 9/16 at 12:44 pm to VerlanderBEAST
quote]Homefield has the biggest impact in College basketball by a mile.[/quote]

This. Not that every sport doesn't have intricate tasks (hitting a baseball for example), but in basketball the main objective is to throw a ball into a 2 ft wide hole 10 feet off the ground routinely from 10-25 feet away. The differing arenas with their change of sightlines, depth perception, etc. generally has an effect on the road team much greater that just crowd noise (the only real difference at a football game)



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Posted by Wayne Campbell on 9/16 at 1:38 pm to slackster
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Is winning on the road more difficult in the NFL than any other league?


Baseball actually has a true home field advantage though. Unlike football, basketball, etc. the dimensions of the field vary from park to park. Also, the home team is always guaranteed the last at bat.

As a result, there are only 10 teams with a losing record at home, while there are 18 with a losing road record. Only the Angles have losing home record and a .500 or better road record, currently.



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Posted by VerlanderBEAST on 9/16 at 1:46 pm to Alt26
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This. Not that every sport doesn't have intricate tasks (hitting a baseball for example), but in basketball the main objective is to throw a ball into a 2 ft wide hole 10 feet off the ground routinely from 10-25 feet away. The differing arenas with their change of sightlines, depth perception, etc. generally has an effect on the road team much greater that just crowd noise (the only real difference at a football game)


There is nothing like a crazy College Basketball crowd where every time you score the crowd is going nuts like they just won the championship.



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Posted by Ellunchboxo on 9/16 at 2:48 pm to slackster
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Apparently the NBA enjoys the greatest home field advantage


Because of the refs



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