Posted Friday, October 17, 2008 09:27 PM
There's been a lot of talk recently about west coast NFL teams coming to the east coast and playing 1:00 (eastern time zone) games. Bottom line, they have not done well.
I went back and researched the last couple of years and the results I've found are astounding.
First, let's clarify west coast and east coast teams.
The west coast teams are the Seahawks, 49ers, Chargers, and Raiders. I did not count the Cardinals or Broncos (both are in the mountain time zone).
The teams that play in the eastern time zone include the Patriots, Jets, Giants, Bills, Eagles, Steelers, Ravens, Redskins, Lions, Browns, Bengals, Colts, Panthers, Falcons, Dolphins, Buccaneers, and Jaguars. Believe it or not, all of those teams are in the eastern time zone.
So this system is in play when one of the 4 west coast teams comes east and is playing one of the 17 east coast teams at 1:00 on Sunday, making it feel like a 10:00 a.m. game for those west coast teams. There would be a three hour time zone difference.
I went back and researched all of these occurances from 2006 to the present. These results are for games that were played in the regular season. The playoffs were not included.
Here are the results....
In 2006 the system went 6-2 ATS.
Week 1 - Seahawks @ Lions (+6) WIN
Week 2 - Raiders @ Ravens (-12.5) WIN
Week 4 - Chargers @ Ravens (-1) WIN
Week 10 - Chargers @ Bengals (+1... [More]