NFL Playoffs Betting Trends: Points Being Scored at Historic Rate
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The NFL regular season was not kind to the over bettor, as overs went 119-151-1, marking the worst season for overs in the last 20 years.
However, that tide has turned in a massive way, as NFL playoffs games have been pouring on the points, leading to historic over numbers through just five games in the postseason.
As it currently stands, overs are 5-0 thus far, going over by an average of a whopping 13 points per game.
It started with the 49ers’ demolition of the Seahawks in which San Francisco ultimately posted 41 points in a 41-23 victory. The total of that game closed at 42.5.
Then, the Jaguars and the Chargers combined for 61 points in a game that closed at 46.5 or 47.5, depending on the book.
Sunday opened with a 65-point outing between the Dolphins and the Bills where the total was 44.5, and the Giants and Vikings continued to pour on the points in the afternoon slot. The Giants won 31-24 with a total that closed at 48.
Finally, the lowest total of the weekend was a game between the Bengals and a Ravens team that was missing Lamar Jackson.
That didn’t stop the two teams, as Sam Hubbard’s 98-yard fumble recovery touchdown put the game over the number of 40.5 in the early portion of the fourth quarter.
This is already the best wild card weekend for the over since the league expanded the first round. If the Cowboys and the Buccaneers were to go over their total of 45.5 tonight, it would be the first over sweep in the wild card weekend since 2009, when overs went 4-0.
Bettors are already jumping on that number, as 57% of the betting tickets are on the over in the Monday night contest.