Arizona biggest underdog ever for 11-3 team

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If you looked at the standings and saw Arizona at 11-3 and then looked at the Week 16 odds and saw them as 9.5 point underdogs, you’d have to wonder – has any team with such a great record been an underdog of so many points.

Spoiler alert – the answer is no.

Not since we gathered the data from 1983 to present anyway. Two other occasions, an 11-3 team was a 7-point underdog and ironically it happened on the same day. Atlanta laid a TD in 2004 at New Orleans and the Chargers were disrespected by the sportsbooks at Indianapolis (both lost).

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Of course, there are factors at work here. Arizona is down to its third-string QB and the team they are facing is the red-hot Seattle Seahawks.

But laying almost 10 points at home? The other two games, the 11-3 team was on the road.

In fact, this is the only the second time an 11-3 team has been a home underdog. The other was Tennessee giving three points to Jacksonville in 1999. Ironic too that the Jaguars were a favorite, given they just broke their 42-game-always-an-underdog streak this week and more ironic that the team they are facing is Tennessee.

11-3 Team Year Date Spread Result Foe
Arizona 2014 Dec. 21, 14 9.5 ? vs Seattle
Atlanta 2004 Dec. 26, 04 7 L 26-13 at New Orleans
Baltimore 2006 Dec. 24, 06 4 W 31-7 at Pittsburgh
Buffalo 1988 Dec. 11, 88 -6 W 37-21 vs Raiders
Carolina 2008 Dec. 21, 08 4 L 34-28 at Giants
Chicago 2001 Dec. 30, 01 -5.5 W 24-0  at Detroit
Chicago 1988 Dec. 11, 88 -10.5 W 13-12 vs Detroit
Cincinnati 2005 Dec. 24, 05 -13.5 L 37-27  vs Buffalo
Cincinnati 1988 Dec. 11, 88 1.5 L 41-6 at Houston
Dallas 1994 Dec. 19, 94 -9.5 W 24-16 at New Orleans
Dallas 1992 Dec. 21, 92 -7.5 W 41-17  at Atlanta
Denver 2013 Dec. 22, 13 -9.5 W 37-13 at Houston
Denver 2012 Dec. 23, 12 -10.5 W 34-12 vs Cleveland
Denver 2005 Dec. 24, 05 -13.5 W 22-3 vs Oakland
Denver 1997 Dec. 15, 97 3.5 L 34-17 at San Francisco
Denver 1984 Dec. 9, 84 -7.5 W 16-13 vs San Diego
Green Bay 2002 Dec. 22, 02 -7 W 10-0 vs Buffalo
Green Bay 1997 Dec. 14, 97 -6.5 W 31-10 at Carolina
Green Bay 1996 Dec. 15, 96 -8 W 31-3 at Detroit
Indianapolis 2006 Dec. 24, 06 -9 L 27-24 at Houston
Indianapolis 2004 Dec. 26, 04 -7 W 34-31 vs San Diego
Indianapolis 2003 Dec. 21, 03 -7 L 31-17 vs Denver
Kansas City 2013 Dec. 22, 13 -7.5 L 23-7  vs Indianapolis
Kansas City 1997 Dec. 14, 97 -9 W 29-7  at San Diego
Kansas City 1995 Dec. 17, 95 -6 W 20-17 vs Denver
Miami 1990 Dec. 23, 90 3.5 L 24-14 at Buffalo
Minnesota 2009 Dec. 28, 09 -8 L 36-30 at Chicago
Minnesota 2000 Dec. 17, 00 -8.5 L 33-28 vs Green Bay
New England 2011 Dec. 24, 11 -7 W 27-24 vs Miami
New Orleans 2011 Dec. 26, 11 -7 W 45-16  vs Atlanta
New Orleans 1992 Dec. 20, 92 -3.5 L 20-16 vs Buffalo
New Orleans 1987 Dec. 27, 87 -10 W 33-24 vs Green Bay
NY Giants 2008 Dec. 21, 08 -4 W 34-28 vs Carolina
NY Giants 1993 Dec. 26, 93 -3 L 17-6  at Arizona
NY Giants 1990 Dec. 23, 90 -6 W 24-21 at Arizona
Oakland 2000 Dec. 16, 00 -7 L 27-24 at Seattle
Philadelphia 2003 Dec. 15, 03 2.5 W 34-27 at Miami
Philadelphia 2002 Dec. 21, 02 -6.5 W 27-3 at Dallas
Pittsburgh 2008 Dec. 21, 08 -3 L 31-14 at Tennessee
Pittsburgh 1994 Dec. 18, 94 -3.5 W 17-7  vs Browns
San Diego 2009 Dec. 25, 09 2 W 42-17 at Tennessee
San Diego 2004 Dec. 26, 04 7 L 34-31 at Indianapolis
San Francisco 2011 Dec. 24, 11 -2.5 W 19-17 at Seattle
San Francisco 2001 Dec. 30, 01 -6 L 26-21 at Dallas
San Francisco 1998 Dec. 20, 98 -6.5 L 24-21 at New England
St. Louis 2003 Dec. 21, 03 -7 W 27-10 vs Cincinnati
Tampa Bay 2002 Dec. 23, 02 -8.5 L 17-7 vs Pittsburgh
Tennessee 2000 Dec. 17, 00 -16 W 24-0  at Cleveland
Tennessee 1999 Dec. 26, 99 3 W 41-14 vs Jacksonville
Washington 1986 Dec. 13, 86 3.5 L 31-30 at Denver
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