Sports Metric of the Week: Thursday Night NFL Point Differentials

You might recall that in 2014 there were many complaints that Thursday Night NFL games were not competitive enough, with a huge point differential between the winning and losing teams.

In fact, during the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 season, the point differential averaged a massive 29 points.By the end of Week 8, the average for the 2014/2015 season lower, but still averaged 20.75 points.This year, in the 2015/2016 season, the point differential has been much less. In the first five weeks, it only averaged 7 points.

However, as the chart below indicates, the point differential has been growing sharply since the Ravens close 3-point win over the Steelers in OT in Week 4.

But overall so far, this year’s NFL Thursday night point differential has only averaged 11.34 points versus a whopping 20.75 points in the first 8 weeks of last season.

What will the rest of the NFL season hold for Thursday nights? We’ll see…



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