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What are the Most Common Score Totals in the NFL?


The over/under of a game is the expected total points scored by both teams, which is a common bet made by sports bettors. It's also an indication of how offensive or defensive the game is expected to be. 

In the NFL, the over/under generally ranges from the high 30's to the low 50's with the average being around 45. But how does this coincide with actual NFL score totals?

We decided to look at the last 10 seasons (2002-2011), which is comprised of 2,668 regular season and playoff games, to get an indication of historical score totals in the NFL.
 

What is the Most Common NFL Score Total? 

41.

The most common combined score in the NFL is 41 with 114 games or 4.27% of games finishing with this total. The second most common game total is 44 with 106 games.

This falls in line closely with what is seen as over/under totals.
 

What is the Average NFL Score Total?

In looking at the totals of 2,668 games, we find that the average score total in the NFL is 43.06.
 

What was the Highest NFL Score Total?

106.

On November 8, 2004, the Bengals and Browns squared off in Cincinnati with the Bengals coming away with a 58-48 win over Cleveland. Kelly Hocomb, the Browns QB, threw for 413 yards and 5 TDs and still lost the game.
 

Breaking Down NFL Score Totals Since 2002

Here is complete breakdown of score totals that have occurred between the 2002 and 2011 seasons and the number of times that total has occurred:
 

Game Total # of Games % of Games
3 1 0.04%
6 1 0.04%
8 1 0.04%
9 5 0.19%
10 4 0.15%
12 4 0.15%
13 12 0.45%
14 1 0.04%
15 8 0.30%
16 30 1.12%
17 13 0.49%
19 19 0.71%
20 17 0.64%
21 16 0.60%
22 25 0.94%
23 66 2.47%
24 27 1.01%
25 17 0.64%
26 40 1.50%
27 71 2.66%
28 15 0.56%
29 50 1.87%
30 77 2.89%
31 58 2.17%
32 32 1.20%
33 86 3.22%
34 63 2.36%
35 44 1.65%
36 57 2.14%
37 109 4.09%
38 61 2.29%
39 44 1.65%
40 90 3.37%
41 114 4.27%
42 36 1.35%
43 95 3.56%
44 106 3.97%
45 77 2.89%
46 43 1.61%
47 84 3.15%
48 80 3.00%
49 44 1.65%
50 53 1.99%
51 95 3.56%
52 56 2.10%
53 42 1.57%
54 49 1.84%
55 66 2.47%
56 14 0.52%
57 48 1.80%
58 44 1.65%
59 36 1.35%
60 11 0.41%
61 35 1.31%
62 38 1.42%
63 16 0.60%
64 22 0.82%
65 31 1.16%
66 20 0.75%
67 7 0.26%
68 15 0.56%
69 24 0.90%
70 9 0.34%
71 11 0.41%
72 10 0.37%
73 16 0.60%
74 4 0.15%
75 9 0.34%
76 5 0.19%
77 7 0.26%
78 3 0.11%
79 4 0.15%
80 6 0.22%
82 2 0.07%
83 3 0.11%
84 2 0.07%
85 3 0.11%
86 1 0.04%
87 2 0.07%
89 1 0.04%
90 1 0.04%
91 1 0.04%
96 2 0.07%
106 1 0.04%


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