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Silver Minings: Home teams don’t have advantage in 2021

Raiders’ are bucking that trend

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NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders
Raiders’ Tyree Gillespie
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An odd NFL trend began in 2020 and it was understandable. That trend is continuing, and it’s a bit surprising.

There is not a wide spread home-field advantage in the NFL.

As pointed out by Pro Football Talk, home teams are 66-70 through nine weeks. The home team went 5-7 Sunday.

In 2020, the home teams went 127-128-1 in 2020. But that made some sense because most games were played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. This season, of course, stadiums are full again across the league.

The Las Vegas Raiders are outliers on the trend this season after going 2-6 at Allegiant Stadium in 2020. They are 3-1 at home this season and are 2-2 on the road.

It will be interesting to see if this wide-league trend continues for the rest of the season.

Other Raiders’ links:

  • Week 10 Power Rankings: Check here to see where the Raiders sit in the CBS Week 10 NFL power rankings.
  • Bold predictions: Check out ESPN’s second-half bold prediction for the Silver and Black.
  • Wrapping up Week 9: The Raiders’ website wraps up a 23-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.
  • Fan honored: A longtime Raiders’ fan is the NFL Fan of the Year nominee.
  • Hobbs honored: PFF has Raiders’ fifth-round cornerback Nate Hobbs ranked as the ninth highest rookie, regardless of position, through nine weeks. Nice work, rook.