Fans certainly miss attending NFL games, but if 2020 has shown anything, teams miss also having fans in their stadiums and it goes well beyond the loss of revenue.
A direct result of the coronavirus pandemic wiping out attendance in most NFL stadiums (a few stadiums have small crowds at games) is being felt in the league’s competitive balance. In short, there is not currently a home-field advantage in the NFL. According to long-time NFL writer Rick Gosselin, road teams have won more games than not in the NFL through Week 13.
The COVID impact on the NFL: there are few if any fans in the stands. So there is no 12th man at Seattle, no decibel-splitting roar at Arrowhead & no longer a homefield advantage in the NFL. Road teams have a 96-94-1 record this season, including a 10-4 mark last weekend.— Rick Gosselin (@RickGosselin9) December 8, 2020
No crowd, no noise, no home-team advantage. The Raiders are living proof of that stat. They are 5-2 on the road and just 2-3 at their new home, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. With three straight home games in a playoff push, the Raiders hope they can reverse this trend as much as they hope they have fans at Allegiant Stadium in 2021.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Waller honored: Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller was honored as the Snickers Hungriest player for his play in Week 13.
- Where do Raiders rank? Here’s Pro Football Talk’s Week 14 NFL power rankings,
- Waller tape: The Athletic breaks down Waller’s big day against the Jets.
- Pretenders or contenders? The Las Vegas Review-Journal examines what the 2020 Raiders are.
- A look at the opponent: Here’s the Colts’ Week 14 depth chart.