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2/14/2007
  How to Pick Scores That Win Football Pools

Gregg Easterbrook has some stats that guide you on how to predict football scores when doing office pools where you need to pick the final score of some game.

Simple rule-of-thumb for picking the final scores of NFL Football games:

Using those rough guidelines, you have about a 1 in 500 chance of picking the exact final score, according to polymath Easterbrook.

For quick fun, and to double-check, I just did a frequency count on the scores of NFL games from 1990 - 2000 in order to rank the most common final scores.

Here are the most common scores - choose from these:

The least frequent scores are all high numbers above 40. But 11, 12, 18, 25, 32, 33, 36 occur very few times for lower numbers. Never pick a number above 38!

PS. I know this topic isn't seasonal nor very ad related, but when football season rolls around again, I'll know where to find the info - and it'll be indexed by that time.

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