The 12th Man Effect - A study on home field
advantage for the Seattle Seahawks October 31th 2012 - Special K
CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) has the reputation of the being the
loudest football stadium in the NFL. The stadium holds around 67,000 fans and
has a partial roof that directs noise onto the field. During the 2005 NFC
Championship game, Fox Sports had recorded the noise level to be at over 130
decibels. To put that in perspective, a typical rock concert will range around
115 dB and a jet engine about 140 dB. So does all this noise have an affect on
visiting teams? Absolutely, the noise has contributed to league high false-start
penalties. Pilfo would be the first to admit that there is voodoo in that
stadium. Since 2005, if you just bet on the Seahawks against the spread when they played at
home, you would have won 67% of the time! Let's look at all Seahawks trends and records while playing at home.
It is truly fascinating information.
Since 2005 the Seattle Seahawks are:
43-21-1 ATS (67%)
43-22 SU as well (66%)
So far in 2012, the Seahawks are 3-0 SU and ATS at home with wins over some
elite teams: the Packers, Patriots, and Cowboys. Was it voodoo or suspect replacement
referees? Here is that last minute controversial TD reception by Golden Tate.
In the 2010 season, the Saints pulled off the biggest upset of the playoffs by
knocking off the Saints.
Who could forget the Marshawn Lynch TD run against the Saints? Check out the
Beast in action.
In 2009, the Seahawks only 5 games, 4 of those 5 wins came at home.
In 2008, the Seahawks were a pathetic 4-12. However, in week 16 that year, they
pretty much knocked Brett Favre and the Jets right out of the playoffs.
In 2007, the Seahawks were 8-1 at home (including playoffs) and 7-2 ATS.
In the 2006 playoffs, you've got the infamous Tony Romo botched Field goal. This
was definitely voodoo!
In 2005, the Seahawks went 10-0 at home (including the playoffs) 8-2 ATS.
The Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in the team's history
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