Home-field advantage & Patriots

One of the hot-button debates in New England in recent years is how much of a home-field advantage the Patriots have at Gillette Stadium.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post puts together a formula from the previous three seasons that attempts to measure this, as well as the home-field edge of the league's other 31 teams. His findings put the Patriots at No. 3 when it comes to home-field advantage.

Fortenbaugh factors in won-loss record, as well as record against the point spread.

The Patriots had the best regular-season home record over that span (23-1), but were 13-10-1 against the point spread.

Why include the point spread?

"Because I feel it provides an accurate assessment of how well a team plays at home against inferior competition," Fortenbagh writes. "Think about it: how much value would you assign a Ravens win in Baltimore over a team like St. Louis? Probably not all that much. But if the Ravens failed to cover the Vegas number, that would serve as an indicator that maybe it's not as tough to play in Baltimore as the team's 21-3 straight-up home record since 2009 indicates."

The Packers and Saints topped the charts.

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