Giants-Cowboys -- high-scoring series
Posted Oct. 24 at 02:58 PM
Giants are playing Cowboys this weekend. That usually means a shootout is coming.
There are 48 divisional rivalries in the league (six in each division). In the first 10 years of the eight-division era, this has been the highest scoring series in the league, with an average of 49.4 points per game scored.
Both teams usually have good quarterbacks and pass catchers, and they’ve been able to break each others’ defenses down. The Giants, for example, have scored over 30 points in each of their last three games at Dallas.
If you look at all 48 divisional series and all 20 regular-season meetings in the last 10 years, this one has been No. 1 in scoring.
The model, of course, didn’t hold on opening day. Dallas won 24-17 at New York in that Wednesday night opener. That’s a few points shy of what you would usually expect. Scoring likely will be higher in the rematch on Sunday.
Highest-scoring divisional series, 2002-2011
49.4 Giants 26.2, Cowboys 23.2
49.4 Saints 27.4, Falcons 22.0
48.3 Colts 28.4, Texans 19.9
48.2 Packers 26.7, Vikings 21.6
48.1 Chargers 26.0, Broncos 22.1
47.1 Broncos 25.9, Kansas City 21.3
45.4 Patriots 26.1, Dolphins 19.3
45.1 Packers 27.8, Lions 17.3
44.9 49ers 24.8, Cardinals 20.1
44.8 Bears 23.1, Vikings 21.7
44.7 Chargers 26.2, Raiders 18.5
44.2 Chargers 24.1, Kansas City 20.1
Posted by Michael Hess | Oct. 25 at 09:59 AM
Hi Ian, with your help I've been back to back Champion of my league the last two years running and am 6-1 this year, good enough to be in first place all season. Now I'm up against my nemesis and have to beat him good. So, Matt Ryan at Phili or Romo at home vs the G-men? Keep in mind it standard scoring and I am also playing Roddy White and Julio Jones (what can I say, I had a great draft). Does the potential bonus for double TD points outweigh the potential shootout with Romo? - Michael Hess
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