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Can NFL teams win by scoring less than 10 points in a game?

Manning in a huddle against the Jaguars

The Colts have won 8 games since 1987 when they scored under 10 points... Image via Wikipedia

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Since the beginning of the 1987 NFL season (the last 25 NFL seasons) there have been 73 occasions when a team has won a game by scoring less than 10 points. In this season, it has happened only once: the Cleveland Browns defeated the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 on October 23.

Following are the number of games each NFL team has won since 1987 when they scored less than 10 points.

8 games: Indianapolis

5 games: Buffalo, Cleveland

4 games: New England, Oakland, Pittsburgh

3 games: Detroit, Green Bay, Jacksonville, New York Giants, New York Jets, Washington

2 games: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee

1 game: Arizona, Baltimore, Carolina, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia

0 games: Cincinnati, Houston, San Diego, St. Louis

Note: Of the four teams with o, the Chargers did win a game in 1986 with less than 10 points; the Rams won a 1979 playoff game with less than 10 points; and Cincinnati and Houston have never won a game when they scored less than 10 points.

BONUS: The New York Giants were 6-2 at the halfway point of the NFL season, giving them eight straight years they have been above .500 at the halfway point… the longest current streak in the NFL. Following are the teams that have the longest active streaks of seasons above .500 at the halfway point.

8 seasons: New York Giants

6 seasons: New England

5 seasons: Pittsburgh

4 seasons: Atlanta

3 seasons: New Orleans

2 seasons: Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay, New York Jets