Earlier in the season, I noticed that it seemed like the Patriots were always kicking off to start games. I didn’t think a lot about it until a Boston Globe article this weekend made it clear how often they do this. I only noticed because when I used to play Madden, I’d kick off to start every game, too. Since 9/7/08 (opening day of the 08 season (the day Brady got hurt)), the Patriots have played 65 games and won the coin toss 43% of the time. In each of those 28 games, they’ve kicked off in the 1st quarter and received the ball to start the 2nd half.
If you talk to Bill Belichick, he’ll tell you they talk about it before every game, â€œWe discuss that every week. If we win the toss, if we lose the toss, what the wind is going to be, whatever the conditions are. We talk about it before every game.â€™â€™ I don’t believe that at all, actually, but so far, only one team has made the Patriots receive to start the game.
Incidentally, a study from earlier in the year said that the team that won the coin flip won the football game 52.6% of the time.