NFL Stats: Winning With Less Than 15 Points

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In today’s high-scoring, pass-on-every-down version of the NFL, it’s rare to have a game where teams score less than 15 points. Sure, there might be a game where one team scores less than 15, but to have both teams fail to reach 15 points in a game is rare.

This past weekend two such games were played. Arizona defeated the Lions 14-6 in one contest, while the San Diego Chargers only needed 13 points to beat the Raiders, 13-6. It was the first week since Week 2 last year where two games were won by teams that scored less than 15 points. This season there has been four games where both teams scored under 15 points.

For the Cardinals, they won a low-scoring contest last year when they beat Tampa Bay 13-10. San Diego, however, hadn’t won a game with fewer than 15 points in a game since 2007 when they won 14-3 over the Bears.

Let’s go back to the 2010 NFL season. Since then teams that scored under 15 points in a game have a record of 51-526, a .088 winning percentage. Only two teams, Baltimore and Seattle, have winning percentages over .300 in games where they scored under 15 points in a game since 2010.

Here’s a look at the records of each NFL team since 2010 in games when they scored fewer than 15 points (through games of November 17, 2014).

Baltimore 5-8 .385
Seattle 5-11 .313
Pittsburgh 4-13 .235
Green Bay 2-9 .182
New England 1-5 .167
Kansas City 4-24 .143
New Orleans 1-6 .143
Cleveland 4-27 .129
Cincinnati 2-14 .125
San Francisco 2-15 .118
Dallas 1-8 .111
Miami 2-17.105
Arizona 2-19 .095
Buffalo 2-22 .083
San Diego 1-11 .083
Denver 1-12 .077
Detroit 1-12 .077
Houston 1-14 .067
Jacksonville 2-31 .061
St. Louis 2-31 .06
Washington 1-17 .056
Chicago 1-18 .053
Tennessee 1-19 .050
N.Y. Jets 1-21 .045
Minnesota 1-22 .043
Carolina 1-24 .040
Oakland 0-22 .000
Tampa Bay 0-19 .000
N.Y Giants 0-16 .000
Atlanta 0-14 .000
Indianapolis 0-13 .000
Philadelphia 0-12 .000