Originally posted on dallasnews.com  |  Last updated 10/3/12

 

Home-field advantage for the Cowboys? Forget it.

Since Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009, the Cowboys are just 15-12 after a loss to the Bears on Monday night.

Most embarrassing -- or should we say emBEARassing -- was the fact that the Chicago fans were louder at times than the Cowboys fan.

Wrote Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall on his Twitter account: "Big ups to all the Chicago fans in Dallas. Felt like a home game."

Wrote Chicago defender Charles Tillman: "Cowboys Stadium felt like Soldier Field with all the Bear fans. Thanks for traveling to Dallas and showing us some love. Bear Down!!!"

The Cowboys 56% winning percentage at "Jerry World" is considerably worse than the one the Cowboys posted in Texas Stadium, where they won more than 68% of their games.

Last year, Marcus Spears said the crowd at the Cowboys’ old home was “way louder.”

Two weeks ago, Jason Hatcher seemed to agree with that observation when asked if it was noisy inside owner Jerry Jones’ billion-dollar football Xanadu.

“No comment,” he said. “I got to tell the truth, but no comment.”

Yet Hatcher said the team wasn’t dependent on the crowd.

“We just have to go out there and play football,” he said. “Whether they’re loud or not, whether we have a 12 man or not, it doesn’t mean nothing. We just have to go out there and play Cowboy football. Whether you come in there and you can hear a cricket farting, we just got to go in there and do what we got to do.”

Why is Cowboys Stadium so poor as a homefield stadium?

Writes David Moore:" I would say the size of the stadium, the draw of watching the video board which takes you away from live action and all of the other bells and whistles that go with the facility put something of an emotional lid on the response. A Cowboys team that is only 14-12 in the stadium and has done nothing to generate a sense of home field advantage also plays into the muted response."

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