Death of the Blowout: 2016 Is the Most Closely Contested Season in NFL History

November 30, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

What is the definition of a blowout? There's no universal answer, and it's probably safe to say blowouts exist only in the eye of the beholder. But most of us can agree that an NFL game decided by 30 or more points qualifies. 
The 2016 NFL season has failed to satisfy plenty of fans, and not just in Cleveland or San Francisco. With the league dealing with what feels like a rash of poor officiating while still battling PR nightmares related to concussions, domestic violence and national anthem protests, television rates have plummeted. 
And yet, believe it or not, the NFL has gone nine consecutive weeks without a single team winning or losing by 30 or more points—tied for the longest stretch in modern NFL history (post-1970 AFL-NFL merger).
Altogether, dating back to when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 in Week 3, 131 consecutive games have been decided by fewer than 30 points. 
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