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Cycles

Posted by Doug on December 18, 2006

Yesterday the Bills beat the Dolphins 21-0. The week before, the Dolphins beat the Patriots by the same score. Back in week 7 the Patriots beat the bills by 22. So we have this 3-game cycle.


2006 week 7: nwe over buf 28- 6
week 15: buf over mia 21- 0
week 14: mia over nwe 21- 0

Let's say this 3-team cycle has an absurdity score of 64, the sum of those three victory margins. That's not the highest absurdity score of 2006. Here is the highest (so far):


2006 week 5: jax over nyj 41- 0
week 12: nyj over hou 26-11
week 7: hou over jax 27- 7

The highest in post-merger NFL history? Here they are:


1988 week 3: nyj over hou 45- 3
week 15: hou over cin 41- 6
week 6: cin over nyj 36-19

1989 week 4: hou over mia 39- 7
week 6: mia over cin 20-13
week 15: cin over hou 61- 7

1988 week 1: nwe over nyj 28- 3
week 3: nyj over hou 45- 3
week 4: hou over nwe 31- 6

1989 week 9: rai over cin 28- 7
week 15: cin over hou 61- 7
week 11: hou over rai 23- 7

1980 week 3: min over chi 34-14
week 14: chi over gnb 61- 7
week 8: gnb over min 16- 3

1973 week 1: atl over nor 62- 7
week 5: nor over det 20-13
week 3: det over atl 31- 6

1992 week 2: tam over gnb 31- 3
week 14: gnb over det 38-10
week 8: det over tam 38- 7

1972 week 3: atl over ram 31- 3
week 4: ram over sfo 31- 7
week 7: sfo over atl 49-14

1970 week 1: bos over mia 27-14
week 14: mia over buf 45- 7
week 7: buf over bos 45-10

Some of those absurdity scores are padded by a single uberblowout. The 2006 Bills/Patriots/Dolphins cycle is one of only 15 in NFL history in which all three games had margins of 21 points or more. Here is the cycle with the largest minimum point margin:


1992 week 2: tam over gnb 31- 3
week 14: gnb over det 38-10
week 8: det over tam 38- 7

Several of these have happened in a span of three weeks. Here are a couple of fun ones:


1984 week 14: hou over pit 23-20
week 15: pit over cle 23-20
week 16: cle over hou 27-20

1979 week 13: nor over atl 37- 6
week 14: atl over sdg 28-26
week 15: sdg over nor 35- 0

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