Originally Posted by Texanmike
Well weather has to play some role but I think it works against you. Remember the oilers? Who gave us problems? Pitt (cold weather). Kansas City (coldish weather). Denver (cold weather) Look at Indy. But its not the stadium. Its the way the team is built. If you build a team for a dome (St. Louis, Indy) where you're playing on astro turf and and fast, you will struggle in Dec/Jan.
I think it can work against a team but not necessarily for a team. Indy got killed in NE all those years because they were about speed, when they got into cold icy weather in NE they lose traction and the advantage they had was lost.
The Oilers lost games in Pittsburg, Pitsburg, Oakland, Denver, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Buffalo, Kansas City from 78 on.
Most of those were cold games. Especially from the Cincinnati game on. We were a dome team, especially with Moon at the helm and the dome did us many favors. You can build an offense around timing in a dome (the run and shoot) but when you get outside... well its a different story.
Just a little food for thought.
As for Reliant. I love the stadium. I say put the best surface out there, grass or turf, and let the best team win.
And see, all those teams you named are, or were, good football teams. Good football teams are likely going to win more home games than they will on the road against good teams. The environment sure didn't seem to be a factor that didn't favor the Oilers for the first 2 1/2 quarters of that game in Buffalo.
Good team vs. good team, the home team is more likely to win just because home teams win more than road teams do.
Of those teams you mentioned, how come Buffalo, Oakland, Cincinnati, don't use their "weather" advantage any more? How come Miami doesn't use the heat to their advantage? Where was the Lambeau effect in the 70's and 80's? It's just not there.
Now I'll agree that a team built like the '99 Rams goes into Pittsburgh after it's been raining, and yes, that will have an effect on the Rams game, but it has an effect on EVERYBODY. Both teams have to play in the conditions. Both teams have players from all over the country and each player is effected differently by the conditions. They're not effected as one.
The DOME team Colts won the Super Bowl in the pouring rain.
The New England Patriots win at home, in the cold, because they're a GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. If the Patriots moved to San Antonio, they would win at home, in the Texas warmth, or under a roof, because they're a GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. It has zero to do with where your stadium is at. If it did, the Texans might as well close up shop because they apparently have no chance against the cold weather teams in January.