How the NFL Cheats: Home-Field Advantage

September 16, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be. This is Part 2 in a Bleacher Report series on how NFL players and teams seek out some advantage, any advantage, over their competition. Part 1 was on the use of foreign substances.
Home-field advantage for NFL teams can often feel pronounced. Sometimes it can seem downright preposterous. Unfairly so. Suspiciously so.
Illegally so?
The Falcons are, of course, the poster franchise for this suspicion. In 2013 and 2014, the NFL found, they were playing a low hum in the Georgia Dome—an attempt to infuse energy into a notoriously lifeless stadium. They were docked a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft and fined $350,000 for the over-the-line attempt to boost their home-field advantage.
But the Falcons aren't the only ones to come up with this idea.
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