Are Eagles Fans Actually Hurting the Team?

Since 2004, they’ve won more at road than at home.

Before Sunday’s stinkfest against the Cowboys, the Wall Street Journal made this observation about the Eagles: “For one NFL team, playing at home is actually a disadvantage. The Philadelphia Eagles are the only team to have a better winning percentage on the road (.560) than at home (.541), since 2004. Over that same span, the rest of the league has a combined home regular-season winning percentage of .570 and .421 for away games.”

Now why would that be?

A friend posits that it comes down to architecture: Seattle’s “12th man” advantage comes from how its field is designed—basically, to hold in the sound mad by the crowd trying to drown out the other team’s offensive playcalling. The Linc doesn’t have that kind of natural amplification, he says.

But it’s also true that every Sunday in this town features, on Twitter, an orgy of anger, despair, and calls for the starting quarterback to be replaced. And that’s on the weeks the Eagles are winning. The anguish an panic are hot, fast and un-ending, coming from casual fans as well as closer observers of the team. And that’s just in cyberspace. Often, in weeks where the team ends up winning! If fans in the stadium are that quick to get angry and panicky, well, gosh, no wonder the team feels more comfortable on the road.


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  • Lovetron

    The Vet was an enormous homefield advantage. The turf, the crazy fans, the 700 Level, the snowballs, the batteries in snowballs, the batteries themselves… It was an dirty, dingy dump that had cold water in the visiting showers and rats in the locker room.

    The Linc, on the other hand, has windmills, smooth grass, open concourses, family restrooms, plentiful women’s restrooms (some of which are not commandeered by men at halftime), wifi, and healthy food choices.

    And we wonder why our homefield advantage is gone.

    I trace it all back to two words – midnight green.

    As long as we wear the midnight green, bad things will always happen to this franchise. This isn’t to say that we enjoyed decades of success in kelly green; we didn’t.

    But there is no color midnight green. So let’s ditch it.

    All of that being said, what do you expect from a team that has won only two consequential games since 1960 – the 1980 NFC championship and the 2004 NFC championship. Yet that building is sold out week after week.

    Who’s the sucker?

  • Dre

    Dumbest thing I ever read. Eagles are losing because we have lackluster talent, stubborn coaches, and an owner who barely knows what a shotgun pass is. The fans are the reason the team enjoys the strongest ticket sales of any non-championship team in the league, merchandising is rivaled only by the cowgirls, and why Season after season hope stays in this city regardless of its rather consistently shoddy performance.

    What I wouldn’t mind discussing is the lack of talent and knowledge in this city’s sports journalism when it comes to football. This article/prompt for discussion is proof-positive of the decline of sports journalism in Philadelphia…