One factor that goes underneath the radar when schedules get launched is simply how a lot groups must journey. Certain, usually each group may have eight dwelling recreation and eight highway video games, however precisely how far groups journey will be one thing to fret about.
We hear about this more often than not when groups journey from the west coast to the east coast for 1 P.M. video games, as a result of the time zones are so drastically completely different. Meaning gamers inside clocks aren’t as use to being at their peak throughout that point.
Nonetheless, can the quantity of miles traveled by a group for the season truly influence a group’s possibilities of profitable? John Breech of CBS Sports activities exhibits how is can possibly play an element when groups make lengthy journeys for a recreation.
Though flying appears fairly easy nowadays, flights of over 2,000 miles nonetheless appear to have a damaging impact on highway groups. Within the 15-season interval from 1997-2011, groups that traveled 2,000 miles or extra for a highway journey had a profitable proportion of simply .398, in accordance with Grantland.com. Alternatively, groups that traveled 1,000 miles or much less for a highway recreation had a profitable proportion 32 factors greater at .430.
Between 2014 and 2018, highway groups touring underneath 2,000 miles had an total profitable proportion of .427 (486-652-4) whereas groups that acquired caught on a one-way flight of two,000 miles or extra for a highway recreation had a decrease profitable proportion of .415 (51-72). (London video games don’t depend on this whole since each groups in London needed to journey over 2,000 miles and due to this fact have been mainly on equal footing).
Breech additionally notes that groups that journey the least win a mean of 9.eight wins per season, however the groups travelling probably the most solely win on common 4.eight video games a season. These numbers are from the final six years once they began monitoring this. It’s also vital to notice that the group that has needed to journey probably the most over that span has by no means made the playoffs (sorry Seattle).
The place do the Bengals rank on this then? They really journey the fourth fewest miles (7,516) and are solely beat out by the remainder of the AFC North groups (The Ravens journey the least). As famous by Breech in his article, the NFC West normally finally ends up being one of many divisions that ranks pretty excessive on this on a yearly foundation contemplating the place their groups are situated with reference to the remainder of the NFL. The AFC North has a bonus that three of their groups are usually very shut, and so they don’t reside too removed from many of the NFL.
The Bengals longest flight this yr shall be to play the Dolphins and the Texans and people two solely come near being 1,000 mile journeys (relying on airports). The one west coast group Bengals is ready to play is the Chargers and they’re going to face them in Cincinnati. Having highway journeys to play the Colts, Eagles and Washington actually don’t qualify as far more journey than divisional video games.
Does this imply that Cincinnati goes to have a tremendous season as a result of they don’t journey that far? No. That is simply knowledge to remember. It appears to be extra helpful when used as a device that explains the drawback of getting to make a number of lengthy distance journeys in a season. The Bengals nonetheless may have loads of adversity to beat in a really robust division as a younger group that’s nonetheless early in its rebuild.
On the very least, Cincinnati doesn’t have any exterior hurdles to beat primarily based on their schedule.