Last Thursday the Atlanta Falcons defeated division foes the Tampa Bay Bucs 56-14. Since the beginning of the Super Bowl era in 1966, there have been 113 games played where the final point differential in the game was 40 points or more; that’s an average of about 2.3 games per season.
You would assume that a team that wins a 40-point blowout is on a roll and that they will continue their winning ways the following week after the blowout win. Conversely, you would think that a team that suffers a 40-point blowout loss would take another tumble the following week. That has not been the case, especially in the last couple of years. In fact, of the six blowout games played in 2012 and 2013, the team that won the blowout was only 3-3 in games the next week, while the teams that suffered the blowout loss won four and lost two in those six games the following week.
Here’s a look at the last six blowout games in the NFL (from the 2012 and 2013 seasons) and how well each team did the following week.