Top 10 Home-Field Advantages in the NFL

Zayne Grantham@ZPGSportsContributor IIIDecember 14, 2011

Top 10 Home-Field Advantages in the NFL

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    Home-field advantage is often overlooked when analysis of an upcoming game is taking place, even though it is one of the most important parts of a game.

    Opposing teams will be the first to tell you just how important it is to understand the difficulty of playing an NFL game on the road. 

    The home-field advantage is caused by everything from the fans to the weather opposing teams are coming into.

    This is not an all-time list. Instead, since the NFL is known as the "what have you done for me lately" league, we will look at the past five years to decide the best home-field advantages.

    So, since 2006, who has had the best home-field advantage in the NFL? Let's take a look. 

10. Kansas City Chiefs (Arrowhead Stadium)

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    The Chiefs have definitely been lackluster in their performance these past five years, but their home field is rivaled by few.

    Arrowhead is widely regarded as one of the noisiest stadiums in the country and the fans are said to be exceptional.

    Since 2006, the Chiefs have been 17-23 at home and lost their only home playoff game in that span last season to the Baltimore Ravens. 

9. Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field)

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    We all know about Philadelphia fans.

    Whether it is football, baseball, basketball or hockey, they are known as the meanest and most devoted fans in the country.

    Lincoln Financial Field is a great place to call home because of that exact reason.

    The Eagles have won 24 of their 40 home games since 2006 and are 1-1 in home playoff games in that span.

    The fans at Lincoln Financial cause headaches for opposing teams and help the Eagles win games.

8. Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome)

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    The Georgia Dome is a tough place to play simply because it is a dome.

    However, since Matt Ryan and Mike Smith have come to the Falcons, it is nearly impossible to win in the Georgia Dome.

    Since 2006, the Falcons are 26-14 at home. They lost their only playoff home game in that span to the Green Bay Packers in last year's postseason.  

7. Denver Broncos (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

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    Mile High, or Sports Authority Field, is a tough place to play because of its elevation.

    The Denver Broncos immediately have an advantage because of the difference in the altitude. Visiting teams will often come to Denver early just to try to get used to the field.

    The Broncos have an odd home-field advantage when compared to other teams. The Bronco fans are still spirited, but the main reason for their advantage is definitely the mile-high factor.

    Since 2006, the Broncos are 20-20 at home and have yet to enjoy a home playoff game.

6. Chicago Bears (Soldier Field)

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    Soldier Field is one of the worst places to play for an NFL team.

    The field is one of the worst in the league, and even Chicago Bears players have complained about the field. However, this creates a very dynamic home-field advantage.

    It is guaranteed that, no matter what time of the year, the visiting team will more than likely be slipping all over the place in Chicago. Not to mention Soldier Field is in the Windy City and the weather in Chicago can get pretty bad towards the end of the year.

    The fans here are also some of the best in the country and really add to the home-field advantage.

    The Bears are 26-14 at Soldier Field since 2006, but the real impressive stat is that they are 3-1 in home playoff games in the last five years.

5. New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium)

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    New England has definitely taken advantage of their home-field advantage.

    Their record at home since 2006 is 34-6. Most of that is due to the great teams the Patriots have had in the last five years and, of course, the home-field advantage.

    The fans in New England are passionate about their football team and have helped the Patriots to one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL.

    The Patriots' home record during the postseason is 3-2, mainly due to the past two seasons in which the Patriots were unable to get out of the first round of the playoffs. However, their home field contributes a lot to their success.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (Heinz Field)

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    There are not many fans comparable to the ones with the Terrible Towels in Pittsburgh.

    Heinz Field is known as a place that teams generally do not want to play football in. The field itself is not the best, and wind is always a factor in this stadium.

    The Steelers have worked their way to a 29-11 home record since 2006 and have won four of their five home playoff games in that same time span.

3. Seattle Seahawks (CenturyLink Field)

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    The fans in Seattle are known as the 12th Man.

    They have a tradition of raising a 12th Man flag before every home again, and the crowd noise is off the charts just about every other week.

    The way that CenturyLink Field was designed is far different from any other NFL stadium, and it contributes to the Seahawks' home-field advantage.

    Since 2006, the Seahawks are 23-17 at home but have won all three of their home playoff games in that span.

2. New Orleans Saints (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

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    The Mercedes-Benz Superdome may be the loudest stadium in all of the NFL.

    Jon Gruden has said many times on Monday Night Football that he has never heard a stadium get as loud as the Superdome does. The fans in New Orleans are some of the most passionate fans in the country as well.

    The Saints are one of the best home teams in the country, especially the past few seasons.

    Since 2006, the Saints are 24-16 at home, but they are undefeated at home during the playoffs in that span. They have won all three of their home playoff games since 2006.

1. Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field)

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    Lambeau Field.

    Is there much more that needs to be said? This stadium is known for three things: Lambeau leaps, cheeseheads and snow.

    The fans in Green Bay get as loud as any fanbase in the country, and as far as weather goes, Lambeau may be the worst place to play in the winter.

    The Packers are 27-13 at home since 2006 and 1-1 during home playoff games.


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