Home games can sometimes stir slightly different emotions inside a player than those that come on the road.
Take for example the Cincinnati Bengals' home/road split from last season. As a team, they were 8-0 at Paul Brown Stadium in the regular season, but only went 3-5 playing at other venues. Factors like crowd, climate and comfort certainly played a part in the home victories, and likely contributed to the players performing better in familiar environs.
One player who historically statistics show has played a tick better at his home venue, regardless which uniform he's wearing, is Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. We explore that phenomenon below.
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One of the metrics used by ESPN Stats & Information to track a defensive player's individual success is the disrupted dropback statistic. We've mentioned it in past daily factoids. It's a way of tracking the number of events that contribute to a disrupted dropback or passing attempt. Sacks, interceptions, batted passes and defended passes comprise the statistic.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Jones has 19.0 disrupted dropbacks in regular-season home games throughout his career, compared to 15.0 when playing on the road.
Broken down as percentages, Jones' home and away disrupted dropback ratings aren't far apart. He has a 0.5 disrupted dropback percentage at home, and a 0.4 percentage on the road, to combine for a 0.9 overall disrupted dropback percentage. Per Stats & Info, the overall league average for defensive backs since 2005 -- the year Jones was drafted by Tennessee -- is 0.5.
By looking closer at some of Jones' other home/road statistical splits, you can see why the slim disparity exists in his disrupted dropback numbers. He has many more interceptions at home than he does away from it (seven home pickoffs to one on the road), but he also has the exact same number of pass breakups (12) in both types of games. When it comes to sacks, road games have a slim advantage. He's netted 2.0 sacks on the road, compared to none at home during his career.
It's the fact that he has been such a veritable ball hawk at home that gives his statistics there a bit of an edge. His only road interception came in Week 15 last season when he picked off a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the third quarter of a game at Pittsburgh that began as a rout. The Bengals went on to lose by 10, but trailed 27-7 when Jones secured the turnover.
Despite playing 36 more snaps on the road than at home, Jones -- who also has played for Dallas in addition to Cincinnati and Tennessee -- has 34 more tackles in home games during his career. He has 152 tackles at home. Of those, 123 were credited as solo stops, per ESPN Stats & Information.
When the Bengals kick off their home schedule Sept. 14 against the Falcons, watch for how well the metropolitan Atlanta native Jones plays in comparison to what he did the week before on the road at Baltimore. History has proven that you wouldn't be wrong to expect a better game, statistically speaking, during that home opener. Regardless of the venue, though, the Bengals just hope they keep getting the same player who has made steady strides since his arrival in 2010.