NFL Week 17 Summary
As expected, the NFL set a single-season scoring record in 2013 with a total of 11,985 points, good for 46.82 per game. The previous mark was 46.48 in 1948. The Denver Broncos led the league at 37.9 per game, setting the league record with 606 total. Peyton Manning broke the records for most touchdown passes in a season (he finished with 55) and yards passing (5,477).
Yet Denver didn't finish with the best over/under record in the NFL. That honor went to Chicago with a 12-4-0 mark. The Bears were second in the league in scoring at 27.8 per game but also couldn't stop anyone, allowing 29.9 per game, the second-worst mark. The other top over/under teams for the year were Minnesota (11-4-1), Denver (11-5-0) and Cincinnati (10-6-0). The worst were New Orleans (5-11-0), thanks to a vastly improved defense, and Carolina (4-11-1).
The Seattle Seahawks, the NFC's top seed, finished the season with the NFL's best ATS mark at 11-5-0. Arizona, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Denver all had 10 ATS wins. All of those teams made the playoffs. The Bengals were the only perfect ATS team at home; the Saints didn't have a home ATS loss but one push. Kansas City had the best road ATS mark at 7-1-0. The worst team to bet on this year was Houston, which ended the season on a 14-game losing streak and with a league-worst 4-12-0 ATS mark, including 1-7-0 at home. On the bright side, the Texans do get the first pick in the 2014 draft. The playoff team with the worst ATS record is Green Bay at 6-10-0.
Week 17 was a fairly low-scoring week with 10 of the 16 matchups going under the total. The lowest-scoring game was 26 points: Titans 16, Texans 10 and Giants 20, Redskins 6. The highest scoring game was Green Bay 33, Chicago 28 for the NFC North title; that total was set at 51. The Packers opened as 2.5-point dogs in that one and jumped to 3-point favorites when it was announced Aaron Rodgers would return from injury. The biggest dog of the week was Kansas City +15.5 at San Diego. The Chiefs had nothing to play for, locked into the AFC's No. 5 seed. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime to clinch the AFC's final playoff spot.
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