NFL First-Quarter Totals (O/U) Betting

Malcolm Darnley

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

NFL First Quarter O/U Standings

Table Legend

  • O/U: Over / Under record in the first quarter this season
  • OU Margin: Average Over / Under margin in the 1Q
  • PS / G: Average points scored per game in the 1Q
  • PC /G: Average points conceded per game in the 1Q
  • Home: O/U record for home games in the 1Q
  • Away: O/U record for away games in the 1Q
  • Last 4: O/U record for the last 4 games in the 1Q
  • 2021: O/U record in the 1Q for the 2021 season plus over %

How First Quarter O/U Standings Works

Much like the first-quarter ATS standings page we talked about, is the place you need to be each week of the NFL season, for all the first quarter O/U information you require.

Each week, will provide updated standings that track each game played and what the first quarter over/under result was.

A bettor has the ability to research on a week-by-week basis, or by the individual team.

If you are interested in placing wagers on a first-quarter over/unders for the NFL, then has you covered.

Using First Quarter O/U Standings For Betting

The total (over/under) for a first quarter is not just 25% of the final total, even though the first quarter is 25% of the game.

Team2021 1st QTR2021 Total / GM1st QTR %
Buffalo6.5 / 1st QTR29.8 / game21.8%
Kansas City7.2 / 1st QTR29.4 / game24.4%
Tampa Bay6.5 / 1st QTR29.9 / game21.7%
Dallas7.2 / 1st QTR30.4 / game23.6%
Indianapolis6.3 / 1st QTR26.5 / game23.7%

Our table above illustrates why first-quarter spreads are not just the final game total divided by four.

The Buffalo Bills averaged almost 30 points a game in 2021, but just 6.5 points in the first quarter.

Points can be tough to come by early in the game for a variety of reasons.

The standings page will allow you to analyze each team’s performance over the course of the upcoming 2022 season.

The standings page will also allow you to analyze league-wide trends that are developing.

When there is a week where 10 of the 13 games all go under in the first quarter, so bettors believe that a market correction is coming and will next week blindly bet all overs.

If you want to develop strategies and test your theories, using the first quarter over/under standings page makes a lot of sense.

Always Shop Around

Like with all wagers being placed, the single greatest edge a sports bettor has against the sportsbooks is their ability to shop around for the Best Odds available.

When it comes to first-quarter betting, most sportsbooks will have similar totals, and similar point spreads, because we are only talking about a small amount of game time.

However, where the advantage lies for the bettor is within the moneylines on those bets.

You might be interested in taking the Buffalo Bills to cover the Week 1 spread of -1 in the first quarter.

Although the overwhelming majority of sportsbooks will have the first quarter spread set at -1, the odds associated with that spread could vary significantly.

Buffalo might be as high as +145 to cover that single point, or be as low at +105.

The difference in payout for a $100 bettor in that situation is $40 in profit, which as a percentage, is an additional 40% ROI on your $100 wager.

Looking for more stats? Check out the NFL Second-Quarter Totals (O/U) stats for betting.

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Malcolm loves to watch all kinds of different sports. He also writes about them.