Is the Detroit Lions’ Home-Field Advantage a Fallacy?
It’s a known fact that when a football team plays at home, that team is going to have a home-field advantage. Or, is that even true? I’m questioning everything we’ve come to learn and believe about the home-field advantage. The past two Detroit Lions home games have me wondering if the Detroit Lions’ home-field advantage is a fallacy.
I love Detroit Lions fans. I’m one of them. That’s why I started my WRIF podcast, “The Squad with Anne Erickson.” After being a Lions fan for a long time and reporting on them, I wanted to talk more about the team, especially since my friends and family were getting sick of hearing me talk about the Lions all the time. So, I decided to channel that passion into a podcast. My point is that I’m a Lions fan. But, I also understand that Lions fans can be, well, a bit explosive. We’ve earned that right. The Lions have never really had a winning team, until now, so we’re revved up.
But, I can’t help but wonder if when things are going badly at a home game, the crowd can possibly bring the team down. Just look at the past two home games. The first one against the Chicago Bears we almost lost. That said, the Bears just beat the Minnesota Vikings, so they’re a stronger team than many realize when Justin Fields is healthy. But, that was a nail-biter of a game. Then, we flat-out lost to the Green Bay Packers, in a shocking defeat and high-profile Thanksgiving NFL game. In both cases, I wonder if the disgruntled home crowd tripped our guys up a bit. The good news is that I truly believe the Detroit Lions perform just as well on the road as at home, perhaps due to this counter-intuitive notion that the home games can be a bit intimidating.
I talk about this idea with Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit on “The Squad” this week. Listen right now below and wherever you get your podcasts.