6. Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Eagles
When teams visit the Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field, they know that they’re going to be in for a dogfight because of the talent on the roster. But, what they also know, or soon learn, is that dealing with the fans in the “City of Brotherly Love” feels like anything but love, or brotherly.
According to Sports Analytics Simulator, “Eagles fans were voted the hardest group to play against in their stadium. They were third in the league in home-field wins in the last decade behind Green Bay and Seattle.” These are incredible realities. One may not have pegged them as the third-best record at home over the last decade. As far as the voting — we’re not sure who conducted the poll, but at least a group of people believes this is a difficult environment.
The Eagles win at a high rate at home, too — likely (at least in part) because of the fans. The team boasts an outstanding 81-55 record at home, including 6-4 in the playoffs, since the stadium opened in 2003.
When opposing teams visit Philadelphia, they’re often intimidated by the nature of the crowd and the passion and vigor with which they cheer on their team. Maybe it helps and maybe it does not, but the record that the Eagles have at home indicates that perhaps it does matter.
In addition, the field often becomes rough in cold, wet weather and that benefits the Eagles who play on the surface regularly but can often be a detriment to oppositional forces. The unpredictability of the weather: cold, wet, snowy, rainy, et cetera all leads to an even more difficult task for NFL teams trying to defeat Philly in Lincoln-Financial.