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Three games this year had an over/under of 38 points: Rams/Seahawks in week 2, Jaguars/Vikings in week 14, and Broncos/Chiefs in week 16. But today, with the Brock Osweiler-led Texans — Houston ranked 30th in offensive DVOA — facing off against the Connor Cook-led Raiders, in his first ever start, the over/under in Houston is just 37 points.

In addition to being the lowest in a game this season, it’s also the lowest in a playoff game in five years.  Two years ago, the Ryan Lindley Cardinals and Panthers faced off in Carolina; the over-under was 37.5, and Lindley had one of the worst playoff games ever. But the last time a playoff game had an over/under of 37 or lower was in 2011, when Tim Tebow and the Broncos traveled to Pittsburgh. Tebow wound up having an incredible game, leading Denver to a 29-23 win in a game where the over/under was just 34.

In a game with the worst quarterback in the NFL during the 2016 regular season against a quarterback who has never made an NFL start, you can understand why we have the lowest over/under of the season.

But betters, take note. From 2002 to 2015, there were 18 playoff games where the over/under was less than 37.5. In those games, 11 went over, 1 was a push, and 6 went under.

What do you predict today? I was leaning Oakland, but I think the loss of Donald Penn will change things. This feels like a true toss up.

  • sacramento gold miners

    That Tebow game was at Denver, and Ryan Clark couldn’t play because of a medical condition made worse by the altitude. It was a strange game, because the Broncos were more of a rushing team, but Tebow’s arm hit on a number of timely, big passing plays to pull off the upset. The Broncos pass rush had a great game, with five sacks as well.

  • Adam

    Aren’t playoff games higher scoring than regular season games, on average?

  • Richie

    Random discovery: Bobby Layne attempted 97 playoff passes in his career. In those passes he had 1 touchdown pass and 12 interceptions! (And won 2 championships.)

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LaynBo00.htm