Welcome to the first of what will probably be many "Yep, it's the off-season" stories.
Yesterday, the folks from Pro Football Reference and I had this little exchange on the Twitter.
Just imagine Caruso from whichever CSI show he was on putting on the shades there. It works.
But anyway, this led me to ask whether or not they had those coin flip stats broken down by team. As it turns out, they do. Well, they do now, anyway. You're welcome.
But, as it turns out, the Minnesota Vikings haven't exactly been lucky on coin tosses, either. Since 1999 (when Pro Football Reference started keeping track), the Vikings have won fewer coin tosses than any team in the National Football League, having done so just 111 times in those 16 seasons (256 total regular season games). Even if you throw in post-season games, the Vikings have only won the coin toss 116 times since 1999, which is the second-fewest in the NFL. Only the Houston Texans have less with 115. . .and they've only been around since 2002, so their percentage is much higher.
The table shows the win-loss records of teams in games where they win the coin toss. (The raw coin toss data, which includes post-season games, can be found right here.)
|1||Green Bay Packers||1999||2014||91||55||1||0.622||147|
|4||New York Jets||1999||2014||69||73||0||0.486||142|
|10||New York Giants||1999||2014||69||62||0||0.527||131|
|11||San Francisco 49ers||1999||2014||62||68||0||0.477||130|
|12||New England Patriots||1999||2014||94||35||0||0.729||129|
|19||St. Louis Rams||1999||2014||61||64||1||0.488||126|
|20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1999||2014||61||63||0||0.492||124|
|25||San Diego Chargers||1999||2014||72||47||0||0.605||119|
|29||New Orleans Saints||1999||2014||62||54||0||0.534||116|
|30||Kansas City Chiefs||1999||2014||60||56||0||0.517||116|
Overall in the regular season over the past 16 years, the Vikings have a winning percentage of .487, and it appears that winning the coin toss does give them a little bit of an advantage. As you can see from the table above, they have a winning percentage of .514 when they win the coin toss. When they lose the coin toss, they have a record of 68-76-1, a winning percentage of just .472. I'm not entirely sure where that "advantage" might come from. . .it's probably luck, just like the actual coin toss itself. . .but there is some difference.
So there you go. . .more data about coin tosses and the Minnesota Vikings than you probably had before. And probably more than you wanted or needed. But it's there anyway.