NFL home teams now 65-65-1 in this pandemic season

Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins came back to win on the road.

The Steelers improved to 8-0 for the first time in the franchise’s storied history when they came back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-19.

And the Dolphins overcame a 31-24 fourth-quarter deficit at Arizona to beat the Cardinals 34-31.

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during NFL game against Arizona Cardinals Photo: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

That means that going into tonight’s Saints-Buccaneers showdown, home teams are 65-65-1 so far this season.

The .500 mark is lower than last year’s .518 mark by home teams that was the lowest home field success rate since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002.

Last year, home teams were 132-123-1.

That homefield advantage has largely been erased with sparse crowds or no fans at games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.

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