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Going Against Packed Home Advantage

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 11, 2013 – 10:54 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Lambeau Field. It doesn’t need any sort of Google search to know where or what it is. It’s just one of those known football facts.

Since 1957, the Green Bay Packers have called the hallowed grounds, named after team founder Curley Lambeau, home to some memorable games. And how often have you heard of them being low scoring affairs?

Despite being in Wisconsin where snowmen greet children at the bus stop of the first day of school in September, the Packers continually rank among the top offenses in the NFL year after year; rebuilding through the draft when needed. They may not have the flashiest players in the league, but they get the job done when called upon.

Sure some teams used domed stadiums to their advantage such as the New Orleans Saints to bolster their aerial attacks, but at Lambeau—the Packers just win regardless of the weapons they have. And they win with points on the board.

According to their official website, the Packers have won 20 of their last 21 and 26 of their last 28 games at home (.929 percent) dating back to Week 10 of the 2009 season. Only the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener last year—and that was in September—have gone into the famed away locker room and walked out victories. And in that span, the Packers have scored 31.8 points per game at home, the second highest mark behind the New England Patriots.

So why do I bring this up?

Well the Packers clearly know how to pack the house and make the scoreboard operator stay away from the cheese platter in the lobby and focus on the games at hand, but they aren’t completely untouchable at home either.

While the Frozen Tundra has played host to many a cold winter night classics, current forecasts have Sunday’s matinee featuring high 60’s and as far as I can tell no snowflakes.

CHIME IN: What do you think is the biggest key to containing the Packers potent offense and handing them only their third home regular season loss in the last 29 games?

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