Sporting Charts

Home Field Advantage Broken Down By NFL Team

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.

While this gives us a 40,000 ft. view of the importance of home field advantage, we wanted to get a more detailed picture by looking at the difference of home field advantage among each NFL team. 

Below, we find the home winning percentage of each NFL team since 1990:
 

Since 1990
Team Home Games Home Game Wins WIN%
Packers 176 127 0.7216
Steelers 176 127 0.7216
Ravens 128 88 0.6875
Broncos 176 120 0.6818
49ers 176 119 0.6761
Chiefs 176 116 0.6591
Cowboys 176 115 0.6534
Patriots 176 115 0.6534
Vikings 176 113 0.6420
Eagles 176 109 0.6193
Jaguars 136 83 0.6103
Titans 176 106 0.6023
Bills 176 105 0.5966
Colts 176 105 0.5966
Dolphins 176 105 0.5966
Falcons 176 105 0.5966
Bears 176 103 0.5852
Seahawks 176 102 0.5795
Chargers 176 101 0.5739
Giants 176 99 0.5625
Buccaneers 176 98 0.5568
Redskins 176 91 0.5170
Saints 176 91 0.5170
Lions 176 90 0.5114
Panthers 136 69 0.5074
Jets 176 89 0.5057
Cardinals 176 87 0.4943
Raiders 176 87 0.4943
Texans 80 39 0.4875
Bengals 176 82 0.4659
Rams 176 80 0.4545
Browns 152 59 0.3882


As can be seen in the table above, there is a wide difference between the best and worst teams at home. The Packers/ Steelers lead the way with a 72.16% win rate while the lowly Browns have a win rate of just 38.82% at home - a difference of 33.34% between the top and bottom teams.

Interestingly, a total of six teams are below 0.500 at home. Clearly, home field advantage isn't a guarantee for success.

But to get a clearer picture, we decided to compare each teams home win % to their, win % as a visitor and their win % overall. This gives us a better sense of home field advantage as we can take into consideration the win rate of the team overall.

We narrowed our focus down to the last 10 years, 2002-2011 when the NFL moved to the eight division format.
 

Team Overall Games Overall Wins WIN% Home Game Wins Home WIN% Away Game Wins Away WIN% Home WIN% - Away WIN%
49ers 160 69 0.4313 44 0.5500 25 0.3125 0.2375
Bears 160 82 0.5125 49 0.6125 33 0.4125 0.2000
Bengals 160 71 0.4465 41 0.5190 30 0.3750 0.1440
Bills 160 65 0.4063 39 0.4875 26 0.3250 0.1625
Broncos 160 86 0.5375 48 0.6000 38 0.4750 0.1250
Browns 160 56 0.3500 31 0.3875 25 0.3125 0.0750
Buccaneers 160 74 0.4625 42 0.5250 32 0.4000 0.1250
Cardinals 160 65 0.4063 44 0.5500 21 0.2625 0.2875
Chargers 160 96 0.6000 55 0.6875 41 0.5125 0.1750
Chiefs 160 74 0.4625 45 0.5625 29 0.3625 0.2000
Colts 160 111 0.6938 59 0.7375 52 0.6500 0.0875
Cowboys 160 86 0.5375 48 0.6000 38 0.4750 0.1250
Dolphins 160 70 0.4375 38 0.4750 32 0.4000 0.0750
Eagles 160 99 0.6226 50 0.6250 49 0.6203 0.0047
Falcons 160 87 0.5472 50 0.6250 37 0.4684 0.1566
Giants 160 88 0.5500 42 0.5250 46 0.5750 -0.0500
Jaguars 160 76 0.4750 46 0.5750 30 0.3750 0.2000
Jets 160 80 0.5000 46 0.5750 34 0.4250 0.1500
Lions 160 47 0.2938 32 0.4000 15 0.1875 0.2125
Packers 160 99 0.6188 55 0.6875 44 0.5500 0.1375
Panthers 160 79 0.4938 42 0.5250 37 0.4625 0.0625
Patriots 160 123 0.7688 67 0.8375 56 0.7000 0.1375
Raiders 160 56 0.3500 31 0.3875 25 0.3125 0.0750
Rams 160 56 0.3500 35 0.4375 21 0.2625 0.1750
Ravens 160 94 0.5875 61 0.7625 33 0.4125 0.3500
Redskins 160 65 0.4063 36 0.4500 29 0.3625 0.0875
Saints 160 90 0.5625 45 0.5625 45 0.5625 0.0000
Seahawks 160 81 0.5063 51 0.6375 30 0.3750 0.2625
Steelers 160 105 0.6604 58 0.7342 47 0.5875 0.1467
Texans 160 65 0.4063 39 0.4875 26 0.3250 0.1625
Titans 160 86 0.5375 47 0.5875 39 0.4875 0.1000
Vikings 160 77 0.4813 48 0.6000 29 0.3625 0.2375
                                          
Average       80 0.5001 46 0.5724 34 0.4278 0.1446
Max      123 0.7688 67 0.8375 56 0.7000 0.35
Min       47 0.2938 31 0.3875 15 0.1875 -0.05


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 %. 

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.  

  • Ravens lead the way in Win % difference between home and away with a 35% difference between their win rate at home and their win rate away.
     
  • As mentioned before, the Giants are the only team with a better away win rate with the team winning 57.50% of away games vs. winning 52.50% of home games - a 5% difference.
     
  • Patriots lead the way in all three categories with a Win % of 76.88% overall, 83.75% at home and 70.00% away from Foxborough.
     
  • Lions have the lowest Win % overall, winning only 29.38% of their games due in great part to their away winning rate o'f 18.75%.
     
  • Surprisingly, mainly because of the well known "Black Hole", the Raiders are tied with the Cleveland Browns as having the worst at home Win % - winning only 38.75% of their home games.
     

With 31 of 32 teams in the NFL having better home records than away with an average difference of 14.46%, home field advantage is clearly a powerful force in the league. But not every team benefits from it in the same way.

Do any of the numbers suprise you? Let us know in the comments below!