Exploring The Home-Team Advantage in the NFL
Sports fans know all about the famous ‘Home advantage’, but just how big of an edge does this advantage add up to in American football? And which teams perform best at home?
Theoretically professional athletes should be able to bring their best to any game or competition – but in practice that is not the case, as other factors come into play (such as travel fatigue).
We crunched some numbers, analyzing the results of five seasons in the the NFL (the NFL regular season, from 2014 to 2018) to see what we could learn about the home team advantage in pro-football.
|Rank||Team||Home Games Won||Home Games Lost||Games Tied||Games Won %|
|1||New England Patriots||34||6||0||85.00%|
|2||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9||0||77.50%|
|5||Green Bay Packers||28||11||1||70.00%|
|14||New Orleans Saints||24||16||0||60.00%|
|21||Los Angeles Chargers*||21||19||0||52.50%|
|23||Los Angeles Rams**||20||20||0||50.00%|
|27||New York Giants||17||23||0||42.50%|
|29||New York Jets||16||24||0||40.00%|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||16||24||0||40.00%|
|31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||25||0||37.50%|
Data via Gamblingpedia
The overall best team in terms of home-team advantage was the New England Patriots, featuring the legendary quarterback Tom Brady. They won 34 games on their home turf at Gillette Stadium – with a Win/Lose/Draw stat of 34/6/0 during the course of the 2014 to 2018 regular seasons.
In contrast the worst team performance at home during the same period was by the Cleveland Browns – a team that lost in excess of twice as many games as they won playing at home in the FirstEnergy Stadium, with a total win percentage of just 30%.