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Where Has the Eagles' Home Field Advantage Gone?

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    The Eagles are now 0-2 at home this season.

    It’s sad but true -- including the playoffs, the Eagles have lost five consecutive games at home dating back to last Dec. 2. Considering the Birds play their next two on the road and the Bye Week follows it will be at least Oct. 30 until the Eagles could possibly break their home losing streak.

    The last time they actually left the Linc Field winners was Week 13 last season when they beat the Texans 34-24 on Thursday Night Football.

    That means that even if the Birds best the Cowboys at the end of the month, they would have still gone nearly 11 months without winning at the Linc?

    Is it that the Linc isn't much of a home field advantage? Long gone it seems are the days of the Vet being arguably the best home field advantage in football a place opposing players (and fans) feared.

    But does that mean the Birds are less successful in the Linc?

    I don’t think any Eagles fan would argue that the open-cornered stadium is less loud than the entirely enclosed Vet. Long gone it seems are the days of the Vet being arguably the best home field advantage in football a place opposing players (and fans) feared.

    Yes the Vet was a “cookie cutter” stadium but it was Philly. A lot of Eagles fans still yearn for the 700 Level, stadium court and concrete. But guess what -- the Linc is also a “cookie cutter” stadium that looks pretty much the same as a majority of outdoor stadiums (Heinz Field, M&T Bank Stadium) recently built -- focused on moneymakers like a family-friendly atmosphere, gourmet food, seat licenses and plenty of luxury boxes rather than a hostile environment for the enemy.

    The Eagles' record (including playoffs) at the Vet from 1995 to 2002 was 44-25 while they've gone 44-28 since the Linc opened.

    And surprisingly despite being overall more successful since leaving the Vet (six playoff appearances compared to five), the Eagles have had more losing seasons in their eight full seasons in the Linc (two) than in the final eight seasons in the Vet (one) and the Eagles have lost three or more games at home five times in the Linc compared to four times the last eight seasons at the Vet.

    Maybe it's that the Linc isn’t quite the home field advantage us Eagles fans wish it would be or maybe the shiny stadium isn't lucky enough for the home squad.