The NFL season is relatively short, especially when compared to the other major professional sports leagues. With only 17 games, it is impossible for fanbases not to overreact after each and every one.
This gets amplified in the first week, and perhaps the most justified overreaction in the NFL after Week 1 belongs to fans of the New York Giants after watching their team get shut out 40-0 on Sunday Night Football. Shutouts are not a common feat in the NFL, so EmpireStakes.com – your source for NY gambling - decided to do a deep dive to see how NFL teams fared in the week following being blanked. The hope is the research will give Giants fans and bettors some expectations heading into Week 2.
How Teams Fare After Shutouts
Utilizing historical data from NFL.com, we tracked every shutout over the past five seasons, as well as the team’s following game. Information is crucial when you are considering a wager and you won’t find this analysis on any NY betting apps. (Shutouts for games in the last game of the season were not included.)
Diving into the Data
Looking at the data shows that teams coming off a shutout in the past five seasons are 8-14 in the next game and average just under 20 points per game. While these stats don’t scream success, the idea of putting up almost 20 points seems like a miracle to fans of a team that has just put up zero. Additionally, no team has been shut out in consecutive weeks, so it appears that the only place to go for the Giants is up.
The only time the Giants have been blanked in the past five years was in 2018 when they lost to the Titans. They ended up losing by one the next week, but at least managed to put up 27 points. After last season's improbable run to the playoffs, plenty of pundits were expecting the Giants to regress some in 2023 but getting beat by 40 in the first week was certainly not expected by anyone.
The Giants will have to wipe the slate clean and move on to Week 2, a much easier task when considering their opponent is the Arizona Cardinals. Oddly enough, a week after getting rocked 40-0 at home, the Giants are a 4.5-point and -210 moneyline favorite on the road at FanDuel NY.
The Cardinals offered more resistance on defense than expected against the Washington Commanders in Week 1 but still lost the game and are expected to lose many more times this season. The relatively easy matchup is coming at a perfect time for the Giants, who look to become the ninth team since 2018 to win the following game after being shut out.
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