In today's NFL, according to Vegas home field advantage generally accounts for about 3 points every game. After taking a glance at the Bengals against common oppenents last year playing both at home and away it appears for the Bengal's playing at Paul Brown stadium may have a much greater impact than just 3 points.
In 2011 (including the playoffs), we played 3 common oppenents who made the playoffs once at home and once on the road, although we did NOT come out on top in these games it was interresting to look at the performance differences when playing at home versus playing on road. Against Houston, Pittsburg, and Baltimore our point differential was an average deficit of 18.3 points on road but only 5.3 points at home.
Unfortuantely we continued this trend Monday night by getting blasted by another perenial playoff team on the road. This tells me it's not so much that we're not in the same class as these traditional powers and can't compete with them because we've clearly shown we can play with them at home. It's just we need to continue improving our play on the road, which is not uncommon for a young team. And then in order for us to take the next step we just need to start coming through with wins during the competive games at home when we have the opportunity to hold home field advantage, which I think we will do this year.
Bottom-line is don't read too much into Monday nights loss to the Ravens on the road, if we can just take care of business at home and then continue to improve on the road, I think we will be right where we want to be at the end of this season