How Do NFL Teams Respond After Being Shut Out?

How Do NFL Teams Respond After Being Shut Out?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

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.)

YearShutout GameFollowing Game
2022Saints 24, Raiders 0Jaguars 27, Raiders 20
202249ers 13, Saints 0Bucs 17, Saints 16
2021Bills 35, Dolphins 0Raiders 31, Dolphins 28
2021Broncos 26, Jets 0Jets 27, Titans 24
2021Bills 40, Texans 0Patriots 25, Texans 22
2021Packers 17, Seahawks 0Cardinals 23, Seahawks 13
2021Patriots 25, Falcons 0Falcons 21, Jags 14
2021Colts 31, Texans 0Seahawks 33, Texans 13
2021Titans 20, Jaguars 0Texans 30, Jaguars 16
2021Saints 9, Bucs 0Bucs 32, Panthers 6
2020Dolphins 24, Jets 0Bills 18, Jets 10
2020Panthers 20, Lions 0Texans 41, Lions 25
2020Patriots 45, Chargers 0Chargers 20, Falcons 17
2019Patriots 43, Dolphins 0Cowboys 31, Dolphins 6
2019Broncos 16, Titans 0Titans 23, Chargers 20
2019Patriots 33, Jets 0Jaguars 29, Jets 15
2018Rams 34, Cardinals 0Bears 16, Cardinals 14
2018Packers 22, Bills 0Bills 13, Titans 10
2018Ravens 21, Titans 0Chargers 20, Titans 19
2018Jaguars 6, Colts 0Colts 24, Texans 21
2018Colts 23, Cowboys 0Cowboys 27, Bucs 20
2018Titans 17, Giants 0Colts 28, Giants 27

 

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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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Author

Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for EmpireStakes.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams, with a focus on a league's favorite players and teams. In New York, that includes his specialty, the NHL, and the Rangers, Islanders and Sabres.

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