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Do the San Diego Chargers have a home field advantage?

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A look back at the San Diego Chargers' ability to defend their home field. Are they a better team at Qualcomm Stadium than on the road?

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Stephen Dunn

Many teams in the NFL have home field advantages. Something that all but guarantees that the team will have 4+ wins every season because they'll almost always win at least have of their home games.

For some teams, this advantage is weather-related. However, the San Diego Chargers don't have any real weather factors that they could be more used to than other teams. They're also not at a higher-than-normal altitude, nor has Qualcomm Stadium been constructed with a focus on acoustics to make the crowd particularly loud.

Qualcomm is about as generic of a stadium as you'll find in the league, in a town with generic weather, so it's a little harder to find a distinct home field advantage. Still, Marty Schottenheimer and Norv Turner were able to figure it out.

2006: 8-0
2007: 7-1
2008: 5-3
2009: 6-2
2010: 6-2

Those were the good years. 32-8 is good for an 80% winning percentage at home. That's how you punch your ticket to the playoffs on a almost-yearly basis.

One thing that led to the firing of Norv Turner and A.J. Smith was the team losing its grasp on the home field advantage. In their final two years in San Diego, the Chargers went 8-8 at home. Not exactly stellar.

After going 5-3 at home last season and 2-0 so far this year, Mike McCoy is off to a pretty good 7-3 mark. Winning 70% of your home games will regularly get you into the playoffs.

It may be too soon to say whether or not the Chargers have regained the same type of home-field advantage that they held from 2006-2010, but it will be something to keep an eye on in today's game and going forward this season.

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