National Football League no longer just a Sunday game

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The 2012 NFL season begins September 5 with a Wednesday game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. It is the first Wednesday game in the NFL since 1948.

Over the past several years the NFL has given fans a steady diet of games on days other than Sunday as Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday contests are now a regular staple of the regular season schedule.

This season, of the 256 regular-season games on the schedule, 34 (13.3 percent) will be played on days other than Sundays.

Following is a look at how well each of the NFL teams have done on non-Sunday games since 2000.

Team, Record in non-Sunday games since 2000 (win pct)

Pittsburgh: 22-6 .786

New England: 24-7 .774

Indianapolis: 19-6 .760

Philadelphia: 20-12 .625

Dallas: 23-15 .605

San Francisco: 15-10 .600

Green Bay: 20-14 .588

Tennessee: 13-10 .565

Seattle: 9-7 .563

Denver: 18-15 .545

Kansas City: 11-10 .524

New Orleans: 11-10 .524

New York Giants: 15-14 .517

Chicago: 9-9 .500

St. Louis: 9-9 .500

San Diego: 9-10 .474

Minnesota: 12-14 .462

Baltimore: 10-12 .455

Atlanta: 8-10 .444

New York Jets: 10-13 .435

Tampa Bay: 8-12 .400

Carolina: 5-8 .385

Buffalo: 4-7 .364

Cincinnati: 4-7 .364

Miami: 9-18 .333

Detroit: 6-12 .333

Oakland: 8-17 .320

Washington: 7-18 .280

Arizona: 3-8 .273

Cleveland: 3-8 .273

Houston: 2-6 .250

Jacksonville: 4-13 .235

For the record, six teams have winning percentages of .600 or better on Sunday games since 2000. They are: New England (.714), Indianapolis (.647), Pittsburgh (.643), Philadelphia (.638), Green Bay (.633), Baltimore (.624). Four teams have a winning percentage under .400 in Sunday games since 2000. They are: Detroit (.299), Cleveland (.348), Arizona (.398), Buffalo (.398).

Since 2000, a few teams have shown a marked difference in success on Sundays versus non-Sunday games and vice versa. For example, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a winning percentage of .486 in Sunday games and a winning percentage of only .235 on non-Sunday contests, a difference of .251 percentage points. On the other end of the list are the San Francisco 49ers who have a .431 winning percentage on Sundays and a .600 winning percentage in non-Sunday games, a difference of .169.

Following are the teams that have a more than .100 winning percentage difference in games played on Sundays and those played on non-Sundays.

Team, Sunday win pct/Non-Sunday win pct (Difference)

Jacksonville: .486/.235 (.251)

Miami: .503/.333 (.180)

Baltimore: .624/.455 (.169)

Houston: .414/.250 (.164)

Washington: .443/.280 (.163)

Arizona: .398/.273 (.125)

Team, Non-Sunday win pct/Sunday win pct (Difference)

San Francisco: .600/.431 (.169)

Pittsburgh: .786/.643 (.143)

Dallas: .605/.474 (.131)

Indianapolis: .760/.647 (.113)

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One response

  1. A huge part of this statistic is how close together the games are. Having a Sunday game and then a Thursday games makes a huge difference in the amount of prep and rest a team gets. This fatigue is amplified if they are both away games.

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