Our very own guest blogger Cam Allen delivers a solid insightful study on the advantage of being Player 1, which we refer to as the home team. Cam and his group of Tecmo Bowl players have very similar facts, figures and findings as we do. Below he details how the it all shakes out with the 1,000+ games they have data on. Sit back and enjoy the detailed work below...
Diving into the 1116 game database, let's look at how the mega powers (NYG, SF, CHI) have fared against each other. Keeping in mind there will be some biases here as these are the stats for all players, all eras, all strategies etc. but it should be a good representative sample......
Home (Player 1)-Away (Player 2)
NYG-SF. 18-5 (.782), 102 PF, 74 PA. 6 OT games.
SF -NYG. 14-3 (.824), 124 PF, 44 PA. SF is on a 9 game winning streak at home against NYG. They posted 8 consecutive shutouts until the championship game at the 2009 WCOTB when the Giants managed an impressive 9 points. This was most points the Giants on the road had scored against SF in 16 games. 3 OT games.
NYG-CHI. 11-5 (.688), 81 PF, 45 PA. Giants currently have a 5 game winning streak against CHI at home. 4 OT games.
CHI-NYG. 2-3 (.400) 20 PF, 42 PA. Only 5 of this match-up somehow.
SF-CHI. 6-6 (.500) 64 PF, 109 PA. 24-0 and 21-0 wins for CHI ran up the PA
CHI-SF. 8-8 (.500) 117 PF, 110 PA. 2 OT games.
Totals, Record, PF, PA
NYG home: 29-10 (.744), 183, 119
SF home: 20-9 (.690), 188, 153
CHI home: 10-11 (.476), 137, 152
CHI road: 11-17 (.393), 154, 145
SF road: 11-24 (.314), 184, 219
NYG road: 6-16 (.272), 86, 144
Conclusions, SF's edge over NYG at home is bigger then the NYG's edge over SF at home. NYG holds over CHI, and all SF/CHI match-ups are about equal. Also the take home message should be the power of home field advantage. All 3 of these teams are fairly equal and check out the home records: 59-30 (.663), 508, 424. When the mega powers explode the home team wins 2/3rds of the time!
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