Everybody loves a close game. Unless their favorite team is winning, that is.
But sometimes a good old-fashioned romp is just mesmerizing. And with legal NFL betting spreading across the United States, blowouts that might have once sent viewers to Red Zone or their favorite YouTube shows still might be good for a little fun. While the money line is likely a foregone conclusion, there can be some sweat in the spread or the totals.
10 of the biggest NFL blowouts
1. Patriots 59, Titans 0, Oct. 18, 2009
At least the Titans looked like the Oilers in the photographs. On an AFL throwback weekend, the Patriots held Tennessee, um, Houston, whatever, to minus-seven yards in a 59-0 thrashing that is tied for the most lopsided win in NFL history. Tom Brady threw for six scores, three to Randy Moss. New England entered as nine-point favorites.
2. Rams 59, Falcons 0, Dec. 4, 1976
The eventual NFC champions put 561 yards on Atlanta and set what was then a record for seven touchdowns. The home-standing Rams (9-3-1) entered as 14-point favorites before dropping the Falcons to 4-9. The win was a nice gold watch for Hall of Fame defensive lineman Merlin Olsen, who played his 207th and last regular-season game with the Rams.
3. Seahawks 58, Cardinals 0, Dec. 9, 2012
The gathering Legion of Boom scored twice to help future NFC finalist Seattle score in all three phases of the game. Marshawn Lynch was one of two 100-yard rushers as the Seahawks easily covered -10 at home.
4. Saints 62, Colts 7, Oct. 23, 2011
A Colts team that would finish 2-14 allowed 36 first downs and five touchdowns to Drew Brees. Future pundit Dan Orlovsky replaced the hapless Curtis Painter and too, was hapless as New Orleans crushed the -14.
5. Falcons 62, Saints 7, Sept. 16, 1973
It was an odd season-opener for Atlanta, which somehow went scoreless in the first quarter. The Falcons benefitted from eight turnovers, five on interceptions of Archie Manning. The Falcons were six-point favorites. If only there had been a ManningCast.
6. Jaguars 62, Dolphins 7, Jan. 15, 2000
This was not the kind of result expected in the divisional round of the playoffs, even with Jacksonville hosting and being favored by eight points. Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino threw two picks and for just 95 yards, while Mark Brunell and Jay Fielder each threw two touchdown passes for the Jags.
7. Bengals 61, Oilers 7, Dec. 17, 1989
The rivalry between Bengals coach Sam Wyche and Oilers counterpart Jerry Glanville was such that the Bengals executed an onsides kick and attempted a halfback pass with a seven-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. The AFC champion Bengals faltered to 8-8 and the Oilers squeaked into the postseason at 9-7. Cincinnati entered 3.5-point favorites.
8. Bears 61, Packers 7, Dec. 7, 1980
Walter Payton scored three touchdowns as the Bears pounded Green Bay into that frozen green welcome mat that passed for grass back in the Reagan Administration. The Bears were a six-point favorite.
9. Packers, 56, Falcons 3, Oct. 23, 1966
The Falcons are living on this list. The expansion edition of the team set the trend, being stomped by the eventual Super Bowl champions in Lombardi’s et-to-last season leading Green Bay. Packers quarterback Bart Starr amassed 220 yards on only eight completions.
10. Patriots 56, Jets 3, Sept. 9, 1979
Steve Grogan threw five touchdown passes – three to Harold Jackson and two to Stanley Morgan – at Schaefer Stadium. Oddly, New England ultimately proved to be just one win better – at 9-7 for the season – than New York. But, hey, the Pats covered the eight points on this day.