Monday, December 26, 2011
AFC West-NFC North by the numbers
By Bill Williamson
The AFC West-NFC North season slate is over. The two divisions split the season series at 8-8.
In a weird AFC West season, last place Kansas City (6-9) had the best record against the NFC North, highlighted by being the only team to beat Green Bay this season. The Chiefs were 3-1 against the NFC North. Denver was 2-2, Oakland 2-2 and San Diego was 1-3 against the NFC North. Detroit was 4-0, Green Bay was 3-1, Chicago was 1-3 and Minnesota was 0-4 against the AFC West.
Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information, here are some keys statistics in the season series:
The series had a margin of victory of 14.0 points. It was the second highest margin of victory in the inter-conference battles this season next to the AFC South against the NFC South, which had a 16.8 point margin of victory.
The AFC West-NFC North series had the most points per game average of any of the four series at 49.1 points per game.
The AFC West-NFC North matchup had 10 games decided by seven points or less, the most of the non-conference division matchups. The AFC West went 8-2 in those games.
Yet, there were also plenty of blowouts in the series this season. The AFC West-NFC North matchup had five games decided by 25 points or more, tied for most of the non-conference division matchups. The AFC West was 0-5 in those games.
The AFC West plays the NFC South next season.