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NFL Point Spread Data Added Back to 1952

Posted by Mike Lynch on November 18, 2022

Thanks to our friends at SportsOddsHistory, we've added NFL point spread data that is 100% complete back to 1969 and nearly complete back to 1952*. This data includes AFL games and allows us to expand our point spread searches in the Stathead Team Game Finder all the way back to 1952.

This new data produces some of the largest point spreads we've seen in NFL games. The largest regular season point spread in our dB is now November 13, 1966 when the Baltimore Colts were favored by 28 over the Atlanta Falcons (they did not cover).

The 1960s also included a pair of 20-point dogs that won outright (Vikings over Packers in 1967 and Dolphins over Oilers in 1966).

Additionally, we have added point spread data for a smattering of games between 1941 and 1951, including every championship game (including AAFC) from 1941-51. However, these pre-1952 games are not searchable in Stathead and will just be presented in the box scores for now.

We'd also like to add that while this data expansion gives us point spreads back to 1952, our over/under data is still only complete back to 1978 (except for Super Bowls).

*The data is nearly complete (as opposed to fully complete), because we are missing lines for the following number of games: 1968 (4), 1967 (1), 1965 (2), 1964 (3), 1963 (4), 1962 (3), 1961 (2), 1960 (4), 1953 (2), 1952 (9).

Below is a list of these missing point spreads:

Giants at Texans, 9/28/52
Bears at Packers, 9/28/52
Eagles at Steelers, 9/28/52
Redskins at Cardinals, 9/29/52
Giants at Eagles, 10/4/52
Redskins at Packers, 10/5/52
Packers at Texans, 10/18/52
Bears at Texans, 11/27/52
Texans at Lions, 12/13/52
Redskins at Eagles, 10/2/53
Eagles at Brown, 10/10/53
Broncos at Bills, 9/18/60
Chargers at Texans, 9/25/1960
Titans at Patriots, 11/11/60
Broncos at Bills, 9/10/61
Chargers at Texans, 9/10/61
Chargers at Broncos, 9/7/62
Oilers at Bills, 9/9/62
Titans at Raiders, 9/9/62
Chiefs at Broncos, 9/7/63
Bills at Chargers, 9/8/63
Broncos at Oilers, 9/14/63
Patriots at Chargers, 9/14/63
Jets at Oilers, 12/13/64
Jets at Chiefs, 12/20/64
Broncos at Oilers, 12/20/64
Broncos at Chargers, 9/11/65
Chiefs at Raiders, 9/12/65
Jets at Chargers, 12/24/67
Broncos at Chiefs, 9/22/68
Raiders at Chiefs, 10/20/68
Patriots at Chiefs, 11/17/68
Bills at Broncos, 11/24/68

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