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Fun divisions

Posted by Doug on October 11, 2006

I don't know what possessed me to look into this, but I got curious about what division had the most closely-contested set of intradivision games. Since the merger, it looks like the 1991 AFC West has that honor. The average absolute score difference was 5.7 points (for reference, an overall NFL average is around 11 or 12). And 75% of the intradivision games -- 15 of 20 --- were decided by 7 points or less.

On the other end of the spectrum, we see that the average 1976 NFC West game was a 21-point game and fewer than 1 in 5 were decided by 7 points or less.

Some 2006 divisions appear near the top and the bottom of this list, which is to be expected. It's still early.


YR Division AvgMargin %close
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1991 AFC West 5.8 75.0
2006 NFC West 6.8 75.0
1990 AFC West 7.0 65.0
1990 NFC West 7.1 66.7
1976 NFC Central 7.3 58.3
2006 AFC East 7.4 40.0
1980 AFC Central 7.4 66.7
1978 NFC West 7.4 58.3
1977 AFC Central 7.6 66.7
1999 NFC Central 7.7 65.0
2004 NFC North 7.8 66.7
1989 AFC West 7.9 70.0
1997 NFC East 8.0 50.0
1970 AFC West 8.0 50.0
1993 AFC West 8.0 55.0
1999 AFC East 8.2 60.0
2002 AFC North 8.2 58.3
1987 NFC Central 8.3 61.1
2005 AFC East 8.3 58.3
1974 NFC Central 8.3 50.0
2000 AFC West 8.3 65.0
1999 AFC West 8.4 65.0
2001 AFC West 8.4 55.0
1982 NFC East 8.5 61.5
1979 NFC East 8.6 45.0
2006 AFC North 8.7 33.3
1974 NFC East 8.8 60.0
2003 NFC South 8.8 75.0
2000 AFC East 8.8 55.0
2006 NFC South 8.8 50.0
2002 NFC North 8.8 58.3
1988 NFC East 8.9 60.0
1994 AFC East 8.9 50.0
2006 AFC South 9.0 66.7
1996 AFC Central 9.1 50.0
1979 NFC Central 9.1 55.0
1986 AFC Central 9.2 66.7
1974 AFC West 9.2 50.0

. . .

1996 NFC Central 14.3 30.0
2005 AFC South 14.3 33.3
2006 NFC North 14.4 40.0
1975 AFC Central 14.4 41.7
1982 NFC West 14.4 42.9
1970 AFC East 14.4 35.0
2000 AFC Central 14.5 30.0
1982 AFC East 14.5 33.3
1972 NFC East 14.6 30.0
1994 NFC West 14.7 33.3
1992 NFC Central 14.8 35.0
1976 AFC West 14.9 25.0
2006 AFC West 15.0 50.0
1975 AFC East 15.0 30.0
1988 AFC Central 15.1 50.0
1983 AFC Central 15.1 33.3
1987 AFC West 15.2 36.8
1980 NFC Central 15.2 30.0
1996 NFC West 15.4 35.0
1973 AFC Central 15.5 33.3
1986 NFC Central 15.7 35.0
2002 AFC East 15.9 25.0
1971 AFC East 15.9 35.0
1973 AFC East 16.1 25.0
1999 NFC West 16.4 30.0
1972 AFC Central 16.7 41.7
1972 NFC West 17.6 25.0
1973 NFC Central 18.2 8.3
1972 AFC East 18.4 25.0
1973 NFC West 18.9 33.3
1989 AFC Central 19.6 33.3
1990 AFC Central 19.9 16.7
1987 NFC West 20.7 27.3
1976 NFC West 20.9 18.8

Here are the all-time figures for each division.


Division AvMargin %close
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NFC North 10.0 50.9
NFC South 10.8 53.7
AFC West 10.9 48.4
AFC North 11.0 39.2
NFC East 11.4 45.5
NFC Central 11.7 43.8
AFC South 11.7 41.2
AFC Central 12.3 42.9
AFC East 12.3 43.4
NFC West 12.7 41.8

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