In the last four years, the Colts’ home field advantage hasn’t been much of one. Why is that the case?
Home is where you’re supposed to win the most games. That’s where your fans are, and that’s where you should play the best. Teams try to play all year so they can get home field advantage in the playoffs. Maybe the Colts should try to do the opposite.
In the last four years, the Colts haven’t had much of an advantage at home. They’ve gone a disheartening 17-15 in games played in Lucas Oil Stadium over that time period. That is pretty abysmal when you look at other teams in the league who are perennially contending.
Last year was the best of those four years, as the Colts went 6-2 at home. Not coincidentally, that was their best team over that four year stretch. That could be a big reason why they haven’t won as much at home in the past, their roster simply wasn’t good enough.
One of those years, 2017, Andrew Luck didn’t play. That explains why they were so bad in that year. But every other year, he was out there. He may not have been fully healthy, but there is no excuse as to why the offense shouldn’t have played better.
The defense was primarily the issue in most of those games. They gave up some late leads under Chuck Pagano. But they also dug themselves into early holes under him, as slow starts were the norm under his watch. Those are two things that can’t happen at home.
Hopefully, the Colts are on the right trend while playing at home. That 6-2 record last season is an encouraging sign of things to come at home playing in front of their fans.