ERIC Number: EJ1056641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Analysis of Thursday Night NFL Winning Margins
Vaughan, Timothy S.
Journal of Statistics Education, v23 n1 2015
This paper introduces a dataset and associated analysis of the scores of National Football League (NFL) games over the 2012, 2013, and first five weeks of the 2014 season. In the face of current media attention to "lopsided" scores in Thursday night games in the early part of the 2014 season, t-test results indicate no statistically significant difference between the winning margins in Sunday games vs. Thursday games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Interestingly, there is a statistically significant difference between the Sunday vs. Thursday game margins over the first five weeks of the 2014 season. Moreover, statistical process control methods suggest an "out of control" condition for Thursday night game margins during the first five weeks of the 2014 season. The exercise provides students with an opportunity to apply a variety of hypothesis testing and graphical analysis tools to a question of current interest in the popular media.
Descriptors: Team Sports, Success, Scores, Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Significance, Hypothesis Testing, Charts, Time, Intervals, Statistical Distributions, Prediction, Probability, Error of Measurement
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