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NFL Second-Quarter Totals (O/U) Betting


Malcolm Darnley

Updated: Jul 20, 2024

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NFL Second Quarter O/U Standings

Table Legend

  • O/U: Over / Under record in the second quarter this season
  • OU Margin: Average Over / Under margin in the 2Q
  • PS / G: Average points scored per game in the 2Q
  • PC /G: Average points conceded per game in the 2Q
  • Home: O/U record for home games in the 2Q
  • Away: O/U record for away games in the 2Q
  • Last 4: O/U record for the last 4 games in the 2Q
  • 2021: O/U record in the 2Q for the 2021 season plus over %

How Second Quarter O/U Standings Work

Once again, when it comes to betting on the second quarter, whether an ATS bet or an over/under play, the standings page should be a part of your weekly routine.

The O/U standings page will provide an individual team snapshot and a league-wide overview of all relevant second-quarter O/U trends.

Using Second Quarter O/U Standing For Betting

When sportsbooks set odds for individual quarters, the calculation is not as simple as dividing the final game total by four.

Each quarter is unique for several different reasons.

Team2021 2nd QTR PTS2021 Total PTS / GM2nd QTR %
Buffalo7.5 / 2nd qtr29.8 / game25%
Kansas City8.3 / 2nd qtr29.4 / game28%
Tampa Bay8.3 / 2nd qtr29.9 / game27.7%
Dallas8.5 / 2nd qtr30.4 / game28%
Indianapolis7.5 / 2nd qtr26.5 / game28.3%

Our table above helps illustrate that over the last several years, the second quarter is the highest scoring of the four quarters that make up a game.

The O/U standings page can be an effective tool to help gauge how teams are performing, specifically in the second quarter.

Sportsbooks are very good at setting over/under lines; each year, the number of overs that occur will be very close to the number of unders that occur.

A bettor can use the O/U standings page to spot emerging trends and get ahead of the next one.

If a bettor sees a week where overs cashed in 12 of 14 games, they may believe that a market correction is due next week and focus more on some potential second-quarter unders to bet.

Whatever strategies you want to test, the BestOddscom O/U standings page is an excellent tool for some weekly historical data to help validate your theories.

Always Shop Around

When you compare odds from multiple sportsbooks, you won’t find a lot of variance in their spreads and totals for second-quarter betting.

However, where the value does lie for a sports bettor is the moneylines associated with those spreads and totals.

The Miami Dolphins could be a -1 point favorite in the second quarter at DraftKings and FanDuel.

However, if one sportsbook has them as -1 / -115 and another as -1 / +105, you would be crazy not to jump on the plus moneyline where it’s available.

The difference in profit for a $100 bettor is almost 20%.

Over time, the ability to shop around for your BestOdds is our greatest edge over the sportsbooks.

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


About the author

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