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Home Field Advantage – A Fading Memory in Green Bay

From 2010 through 2014, the Green Bay Packers won either seven or all eight of their home games in four of those five years. They ran the table in 2011 and as recently as 2014.

How rapidly things have changed. In 2015, Green Bay not only lost three of eight at home, but they lost at home to the Lions, Bears, and Vikings – all three of their divisional rivals. As if that weren’t bad enough, the regular season finale loss to Minnesota also cost the Packers the division title and the right to have their first playoff game played at Lambeau Field.

The inability to win games at home has quickly gone from an aberration to a trend. With their loss to the Colts in week 9, the Packers fell to 3-2 at home. Over their last 13 home games, they have only an 8-5 record.

Everything seemed to favor the Packers going into the Colts’ game. They had 10 days to rest and recover after a Thursday night game. The Colts had won only three games, and had only won one game away from home on the year. Then, as the game got underway, the word came out that the Vikings had been upset by Detroit – so a win would have tied the Packers for the lead in the NFC North. Even that news failed to motivate this once-proud team.

Unlike the Colts, the three teams remaining on the home schedule for the Packers are the Texans, Seahawks, and Vikings. Each of these teams are at least two games over .500. The hill to climb keeps getting steeper.

If the Packers fail to make the playoff this year – a greater than 50/50 proposition after the loss to the Colts – there will be a groundswell of demand for a new head coach. Mike McCarthy’s failure to preserve the home field advantage will be, and should be, a major part of that conversation.

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  1. Dave The Lions Fan November 8, 2016

    Hello Packer Nation. I have been away for a while but now seems like the perfect time to point and laugh at how bad your Packers have become. Also, I have heard about this Killer guy and I had the displeasure of reading a few of his comments. My respect level went up for you Packer fans for dealing with that dope all the time. At least when I come on here, I bring some good arguments. That guy is just a complete dipshit. Well, I digress. I’m back on this site to point out that if there are any Packers fans who still think MM should be your HC, they are delusional. When you get beat and outcoached by Chuck Pagano, you know your coach sucks. Also, I do believe, after seeing everything that has transpired, that Aaron Rodgers is being torn apart by Olivia Munn. Before Munn, they guy is a stud. With Munn, not even a top 10 QB. So, from Lions fans everywhere, thank you Olivia Munn! I also want to point out that your run defense is a fraud. Zeke and the Cowboys gashed you all day, the Falcons averaged nearly 5 yards per carry, and you haven’t played any other good RB’s. So I say…….

    CHOKE PACK CHOKE!!!!!
    CHOKE PACK CHOKE!!!!!
    CHOKE PACK CHOKE!!!!!
    CHOKE PACK CHOKE!!!!!
    CHOKE PACK CHOKE!!!!!

    1. Kato November 10, 2016

      The run defense may have been helped out by the early schedule, but they are still easily a top ten unit. Injuries at CB have brought in lesser experienced players which is a double edged sword: they are not quite as good in run support as the starters and also not as good in coverage, which forces the safeties to play back more to keep from getting beat deep, therefore not being able to be as aggressive in the run game.

  2. Richard November 8, 2016

    This team has been garbage since the 2014 NFC Championship implosion. The core of this team never recovered from the shame and embarrassment of blowing a gift-wrapped trip to the Super Bowl against a team it had already beaten a couple weeks earlier. It’s inevitable that there will have to be an overhaul. Firing a special teams coach clearly wasn’t enough, and it looks like fat mike is just trying to barely do enough to keep the paychecks coming in. He might still be a top 10 coach in the league, but it looks like he’s lost this particular group of players.

    1. sal November 10, 2016

      You are correct. He lost AR last year and it looks like he is on the cusp of loosing the entire team this year. Getting beat in all three phases of the game at HOME against a mediocre team is inexcusable.