In 2007, the New England Patriots rolled to 16 wins, averaging 36.8 points per game and outscoring opponents by an average of 19.7 points each week. In 16 games, the Pats only had four games decided by less than 10 points.
This season, Aaron Rodgers and the offence for the 8-0 Green Bay Packers have been very good, averaging 34.4 points per game. But the Pack is only outscoring its opponents by an average of 12 points, thanks to a defence that yields 22.4 points per game. And in just eight weeks, Green Bay has already had four games decided by less than 10 points.
The Packers are clearly the Super Bowl favourite. But if the 2007 Patriots are the benchmark for regular season teams, don’t be surprised if Green Bay slips up along the way.
Here is a comparison of cumulative margin of victory (point differential) for each team throughout the season that shows just how much more dominant the Patriots were in 2007…
data via Pro-Football-Reference.com
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