Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/19/12
The Patriots found out the hard way that CenturyLink Field is a tough place to play football games. But does Seattle truly have the NFL's biggest home-field advantage? According to Andrew Mooney from the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective, they do. According to the study, the Seahwaks gain the most from playing at home while the Patriots hardly gain anything at all. Mooney compared point differentials from home and away games since each team opened their current stadiums, throwing out the new stadiums in Indianapolis, Dallas, New York and the newly renovated Soldier Field in Chicago. Comparing the home and away differentials, the Seahawks game an average of 79.9 points per season since opening CenturyLink -- or Qwest Field as it was -- in 2002. Joining them in the top five are Baltimore (75.5), St. Louis (64.1), Arizona (60.0) and Kansas City (58.3). The Patriots (16.1) sit at the bottom of the list with some curious company. Long-believed to be one of the NFL's loudest stadiums, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans comes in with the second-lowest average, gaining just 19.2 points per season for the Saints. What this proves -- besides that the Seattle is a tough place to play -- is that while most teams play better at home, the better teams have less of a drop off when they go on the road. For instance, the Patriots are more likely to win on the road than the Chiefs, contributing to a lower points-gained number for New England. It also does not take into account wins and losses -- which would likely skew the list toward teams like the Patriots and Saints -- or the strain that traveling all the way up to Seattle can have on East Coast and Midwest opponents. The "12th man" will keep rocking CenturyLink no matter how good or bad the Seahawks are. But with the way Pete Carroll has this team playing, that league-best number could keep climbing in years to come.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

What’s happened to Matthew Stafford?

Mike Tomlin explains gutsy late call with ‘Godfather’ reference

Sean Payton responds to rumors he might leave the Saints

NFL denies DeAngelo Williams’ request to wear pink all season

Arby's offers to cater Steve Spurrier's retirement party

The Cubs win Game 3 loudly, set MLB record with six home runs


Report: Steve Spurrier retires as head coach of South Carolina

Blue Jays push ALDS to Game 5 with 8-4 victory over Rangers

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Report: Big Ben wants to play, but longshot for Week 6

Ex-Celtic Terrence Williams denies ties to Louisville scandal

Did the NFL get major sports blog Twitter accounts suspended?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How the Royals cheated death

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Clayton Kershaw: MLB "bullied" into Chase Utley suspension

Michael Jordan really likes Jeremy Lin

Texas governor makes embarrassing Astros flub

Ruben Amaro Jr. looking to become MLB manager

Steve Sarkisian fired by USC

USC enabled and snitched on Steve Sarkisian

Colin Kaepernick believes the 49ers could still go 12-4

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker