NFL Football No Longer Just a Sunday Game

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NFL Football No Longer Just a Sunday Game
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Pittsburgh 22-6 in non-Sunday games since 2000

The 2012 NFL season begins September 5 with a Wednesday game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. It is the first Wednesday game in the NFL since 1948.

Over the past several years, the NFL has given fans a steady diet of games on days other than Sunday, as Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday contests are now regular staples of the regular-season schedule.

This season, of the 256 regular-season games on the schedule, 34 (13.3 percent) will be played on days other than Sundays.

Following is a look at how well each of the NFL teams has done in non-Sunday games since 2000.

 

Team, Record, Win Percentage in Non-Sunday Games Since 2000

Pittsburgh Steelers: 22-6, .786

New England Patriots: 24-7, .774

Indianapolis Colts: 19-6, .760

Philadelphia Eagles: 20-12, .625

Dallas Cowboys: 23-15, .605

San Francisco 49ers: 15-10, .600

Green Bay Packers: 20-14, .588

Tennessee Titans: 13-10, .565

Seattle Seahawks: 9-7, .563

Denver Broncos: 18-15, .545

Kansas City Chiefs: 11-10, .524

New Orleans Saints: 11-10, .524

New York Giants: 15-14, .517

Chicago Bears: 9-9, .500

St. Louis Rams: 9-9, .500

San Diego Chargers: 9-10, .474

Minnesota Vikings: 12-14, .462

Baltimore Ravens: 10-12, .455

Atlanta Falcons: 8-10, .444

New York Jets: 10-13, .435

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 8-12, .400

Carolina Panthers: 5-8, .385

Buffalo Bills: 4-7, .364

Cincinnati Bengals: 4-7, .364

Miami Dolphins: 9-18, .333

Detroit Lions: 6-12, .333

Oakland Raiders: 8-17, .320

Washington Redskins: 7-18, .280

Arizona Cardinals: 3-8, .273

Cleveland Browns: 3-8, .273

Houston Texans: 2-6, .250

Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-13, .235

 

For the record, six teams have winning percentages of .600 or better on Sunday games since 2000: New England (.714), Indianapolis (.647), Pittsburgh (.643), Philadelphia (.638), Green Bay (.633) and Baltimore (.624).

Four teams have winning percentages under .400 in Sunday games since 2000: Detroit (.299), Cleveland (.348), Arizona (.398) and Buffalo (.398).

Since 2000, a few teams have shown marked differences in success in Sunday versus non-Sunday games and vice versa. For example, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a winning percentage of .486 in Sunday games and a winning percentage of only .235 on non-Sunday contests, a difference of .251 percentage points. On the other end of the list are the San Francisco 49ers, who have a .431 winning percentage on Sundays and a .600 winning percentage in non-Sunday games, a difference of .169.

Following are the teams that have more than .100-winning-percentage differences between games played on Sundays and those played other days of the week.

 

Team, Sunday Winning Percentage/Non-Sunday Winning Percentage (Difference)

Jacksonville: .486/.235 (.251)

Miami: .503/.333 (.180)

Baltimore: .624/.455 (.169)

Houston: .414/.250 (.164)

Washington: .443/.280 (.163)

Arizona: .398/.273 (.125) 

 

Team, Non-Sunday Win Percentage/Sunday Winning Percentage (Difference)

San Francisco: .600/.431 (.169)

Pittsburgh: .786/.643 (.143)

Dallas: .605/.474 (.131)

Indianapolis: .760/.647 (.113)

 

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