Sunday’s games had the two biggest NFL upsets of the last two years

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In the last two years, only two teams have lost games in which they were favored by more than 10 points. Both of those games were yesterday.

Sunday afternoon’s action in the NFL saw the Falcons, as 14-point favorites, lose 20-17 to the Dolphins. And on Sunday night the Broncos, as 13.5-point favorites, lost 23-10 to the Giants. Those are the two biggest upsets in the NFL in the last two years.

Overall, teams favored by more than 10 points are 19-2 in the last two years, including two such games in last season’s playoffs. Until yesterday, this season’s biggest upset came when the Panthers beat the Patriots as nine-point underdogs in Week Four.

So if yesterday’s NFL action seemed even crazier than usual, it wasn’t just your imagination. It really was an incredible day of upsets.

40 responses to “Sunday’s games had the two biggest NFL upsets of the last two years

  1. The Broncos lost to the GIANTS at home????

    The winless Giants, without Beckham.

    It’s been a weird season so far.

    I’m only watching the Pats games so I didn’t see it.

  2. The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.

  3. Stats and Rankings… don’t win football games.

    They’re generalizations of activity. How’d the #1 Run D do Sunday night? Horrible… meant nothing.

    In many cases, they’re the consolation prize that losing coaches and players point to in pressers to make themselves feel better.

    W or L. That’s all that really matters.

  4. The 0-5 thing is a bit deceiving. The only bad loss was to the Lions. They lost to the Cowboys without OGB, two of their other losses came on last-second game winning field goals and they lost to the Chargers in the final minutes after losing all 3 starting receivers. I’m an Eagles fan, but I don’t think the Giants are nearly as bad as their record indicates. There’s so much parity in this league, on any given Sunday anyone can beat anyone if the ball bounces their way…except maybe the Browns.

  5. ———
    rwlmo says:
    The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.
    ————————
    Not sure what your point is… not a Giants fan by no means but it sounds like you’re discrediting their win. If wins were decided by stats, I’m sure a lot of teams would have more wins

  6. Could have been 3 games this week if not for a late Offensive Pass Interference call against the 49ers. I think the 49ers were 10 point dogs in that game too.

  7. And if you expand that search linked in this article to the past 5 seasons, it’s happened many times where a 10pt+ underdog outright wins. Also, the “multiple 10+ upset weekend” also happened TWICE in 2015. Big deal.

    2017 Dolphins vs Falcons
    2017 Giants vs. Broncos
    2016 Rams vs Cardinals
    2015 Rams vs. Seahawks (week 16)
    2015 Ravens vs Steelers (week 16)
    2015 Lions vs Packers (week 10)
    2015 Texans vs. Bengals (week 10)
    2015 Bucs vs Saints
    2014 Rams vs 49ers
    2013 Colts vs 49ers
    2013 Jags vs Texans
    2013 Jags vs. Titans
    2013 Jets vs. Falcons
    2013 Raiders vs. Texans

  8. For the Broncos it was the Vinovich curse. The Broncos lose everytime he officiates. Hopefully he is the official again on Nov 12.

  9. I’ll be the first to say that I picked the Falcons to win by 20 but that Dolphins defense is legit. They may not make it to the playoffs this season because the offense is so bad, but they will be a thorn in some teams sides.

    This team would be so much better if Tannehill hadn’t been hurt. The offense has completely fallen off the map after being pretty good last season. Hopefully it all comes together in the future.

  10. rwlmo says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am
    The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.
    ——————————————
    See if your D gives you a short field then you can’t run up the “stats” on the way to a win. But at the end of the day, scoreboard is the only “stat” that matters.

  11. Luckily fewer people saw it than they would have last year. Empty stadiums throughout the league and TV ratings down week over week again.

    NFL not feeling it yet, they won’t until season ticket sales fall off this year. Right now the owners don’t REALLY care because they already sold this years season tickets. 2018 is going to be what gets the league to act.

  12. rwlmo says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am
    The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.
    _______________________
    And your point? The Broncos trailed the whole game and Siemian threw the ball a million times. Of course he was going to have a lot of yards. What won the game was Eli’s game management with no weapons besides a rookie TE, the Giants OL, Darkwa’s awesome running game, and the Giants D. I’ll take a win over “stats” any day, especially on the road at a difficult stadium to play in.

  13. What hilarious is the Giants were inept in all phases of the game, except takeaways, and won the game over a better team. However, the Bills won the turnover battle against the Bengals, a worse team, but lost in all other categories, including the game. While there are always “rules”, there as just as many exceptions to those rules and this is why the games are played on Sunday on the field, and not on paper during the week.

  14. Good thing both teams had come off their bye week to be double digit chalk, to lose out right !

  15. The Falcons upset was not a shocker for me, the Falcons are two plays away from being 1-4, I know they were in the Super Bowl last year but something just doesn’t look right with them this year.

  16. rwlmo says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am

    The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.
    ———————

    And points allowed.

  17. Along with the upsets, the Saints and Lions game was the wildest, most exciting, surprising and entertaining NFL game I’ve ever seen. For the rest of the season the Saints games are the ones I want to watch each week.

  18. Welcome to the land of parity, where no team is more than 10% worse — or better — than any other. Thrilling.

  19. rabidbillsfan says:

    October 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    What hilarious is the Giants were inept in all phases of the game, except takeaways, and won the game over a better team. However, the Bills won the turnover battle against the Bengals, a worse team, but lost in all other categories, including the game. While there are always “rules”, there as just as many exceptions to those rules and this is why the games are played on Sunday on the field, and not on paper during the week.
    _________________________________________________________________________________

    What’s hilarious is that you think the Bengals are worse than the Bills.

  20. Belichick’s comments on stats – “Stats are for losers, all that matters is the final score.”

    I think I’ll listen to him, he seems to be doing ok.

  21. At least the Giants dominated from start to finish (This game reminded me of the 0-4 Saints beating the Seahawks at home 10 years ago)

    As for the Falcons, they folded like a cheap lawn chair…again.

  22. Almost had a 3rd double-digit spread upset in Washington. If not for a BS offensive PI call, Niners would’ve pulled it off.

  23. Miami D is very legit and if Cutler could just at better they will hurt some feelings this season. Probably won’t win near as many as last season but that is why the games are played. You never know until the final second goes off the clock.

  24. harrisbarton says:
    October 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    Almost had a 3rd double-digit spread upset in Washington. If not for a BS offensive PI call, Niners would’ve pulled it off.
    ———————–
    Yeah and if my Aunt had a pair, she’d be my uncle.

  25. rwlmo says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am
    The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.
    ——————–
    Actually, Giants also had 3 times as many rushing yards as Broncos, and were twice as efficient in the red zone – those are big stats.

  26. rwlmo says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am
    The three interceptions certainly helped. The Giants were out-statisticed in practically every category. Except turnovers.

    ————

    I guess that’s the statisticizationableness that mattericised then.

  27. More often than not ill take the points on a big spread. 2 TDs is a huge margin in the NFL

  28. Miami’s D is punishing people and have ZERO credit!!!!!!! Just wait until TJ McDonald plays in the back field with Reshad (Hawaii bound) Jones!!! Its a lethal combo. Actually Timmons, Hayes and Suh thud people enough – TJ is known to play lights out. This is a potential all star cast that nobody is talking about!!!

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