Eagles have leg up on West Coast Chargers

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Eagles have leg up on West Coast Chargers

September 14, 2013, 8:00 am
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Philip Rivers and the Chargers face a disadvantage coming to the East Coast for a 1 p.m. EST start time against the Eagles. (USA Today Images)

You try playing football at 10 a.m. and see how you like it.

The NFL’s West Coast teams sure don’t seem to like it.

Playing football at 10 a.m. is essentially what happens when the NFL makes its four West Coast teams -- the Raiders, Seahawks, Chargers and 49ers -- travel to the East Coast for 1 p.m. EST games.

With the Chargers facing the Eagles at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Linc, let’s take a look at the challenge facing West Coast teams playing on the East Coast.

Overall since 2000, the NFL’s four West Coast teams playing in a stadium located within Eastern Standard Time have a 57-105 record, which is a .352 winning percentage.

During the same span, all teams outside the West Coast playing on the road have a 1375-1789 record, which is a .435 winning percentage.

So West Coast teams are at a clear disadvantage playing on the East Coast. 

The average road team wins 44 percent of the time, but the average West Coast team wins on the East Coast about 35 percent of the time.

That’s a significant difference.

But the numbers are even more skewed for West Coast teams forced to play at 1 p.m. on the East Coast.

Since 2000, the four West Coast teams are a combined 38-79 playing at 1 p.m. in Eastern Standard Time, a .325 winning percentage.

When those four teams play later in the weekend -- at 4 p.m. Sunday or on Sunday or Monday night -- that figure improves to 19-26, or a .422 winning percentage.

But none of the West Coast teams have had as much success on the East Coast as the Chargers.

Since 2000, they’re 18-26 on the East Coast (.409 winning percentage) and 12-17 when the game starts at 1 p.m. (.414 winning percentage).

The Chargers have lost both of their 1 p.m. games during that period in Philly, 24-14 in 2001 and 20-17 in 2005 (when Matt Ware returned a blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown).

Surprisingly, the Eagles are just 15-20 all-time at home against West Coast teams (including the Rams before they moved to St. Louis), a .429 winning percentage.

But again, they’ve had much more success when those games have been played first thing Sunday afternoon.

When the Eagles have hosted a West Coast team at 1 p.m. Sunday, they’re 13-15, a .464 winning percentage.

When the Eagles have hosted West Coast teams later than 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, they’re just 2-5, a .286 winning percentage.

The Eagles have lost three of their last four home games against West Coast teams, beating the 49ers in 2011, but losing to the 49ers in 2009 and losing to the Seahawks in 2005 and 2007.

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