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THE QUESTION

Home Field Advantage?

With three out of four road teams winning this weekend, why has home field become irrelevant in the playoffs?

Posted by Emil Steiner on January 12, 2009 6:18 AM
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timmyboy12: These days it is a serious disadvantage to take a break and that is what you have to do if you have homefield. Football is about being in t...

DavisNYC: Home field still matters just not so much. It can't save you. It can't make you win if you are the worse team. It can help if you are on the...

yo22er: Of course there is a home field advantage. So this year they're 1-3. What is the statistical average over 20 years? (Maybe something even a ...

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timmyboy12 Author Profile Page :

These days it is a serious disadvantage to take a break and that is what you have to do if you have homefield. Football is about being in the zone. Getting a bye week takes away that momentum and makes teams sluggish. Unless you have a QB or other skill position that needs a rest, ie Pittsburgh, there is no advantage. Home field has value only insofar as waether goes. Again, Pitt, against sunny San Diego. I see no disadvantage to Philly playing in AZ. Who cares if it's hot there, it's always sunny in Philadelphia, as long as the Eagles are hot and right now they are the hottest team in football.

DavisNYC Author Profile Page :

Home field still matters just not so much. It can't save you. It can't make you win if you are the worse team. It can help if you are on the cusp. For the giants they never could over come the loss of Plax. For the Titans, they got outplayed. For the Panthers, well Jake Delhomme doodled the bed plain and simple.

yo22er Author Profile Page :

Of course there is a home field advantage. So this year they're 1-3. What is the statistical average over 20 years? (Maybe something even a self-professed idiot like Kornheiser can get right.)

Let's look at the '3'.
Ravens-Titans: could have gone either way.

Eagles-Giants: the Giants looked jaded long before the playoffs. Absent Plax, the offense lacks dimension. Andy Reid took flak for benching McN. How does that decision look now? Motivation = momentum.

Cards-Panthers: Jake's 'meltdown'? What about the energy and drive of the young Cards who picked him off. Suppose Jake had thrown the ball away every time he threw an interception. Would it have made any difference? The Cards were simply better, by miles.

So no big deal. Much fun football!

 
 
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