In the build-up to the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada, new research has revealed that North Dakota is the nation’s most NFL-obsessed state.

The analysis by odds comparison experts sidelines.io looked at Google Trends data to score each state out of 100 based on its search levels for the phrases “NFL,” “NFL Draft,” and “NFL Combine” over the past 12 months.

North Dakota tops the pile, ahead of Green Bay’s Wisconsin in second and Ohio in third, and the top five is completed by Minnesota in fourth and Pennsylvania in fifth.

South Dakota sits in sixth place and records the highest proportion of searches for “NFL,” but its lower interest levels in the draft and the combine mean that it can’t match its neighbor to the north for all-around NFL obsession.

North Dakota has a proud college football heritage but has never been home to an NFL team. If football fans from the state want to root for the nearest team geographically, then they would need to choose between the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, or Denver Broncos. However, the lack of local representation hasn’t stopped fans in the state from Googling the league, the draft, and the combine at a higher rate than anywhere else.

Alaska records the lowest search levels for the NFL-related terms at the other end of the scale, with Oregon just above it. California sits third from the bottom, despite being home to reigning Super Bowl Champions, the LA Rams.

The study was conducted by sidelines.io, which offers betting odds comparison, analysis, and tools to help you make data-driven decisions.


The Most Obsessed NFL States:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Ohio
  4. Minnesota
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. South Dakota
  7. Iowa
  8. Montana
  9. Michigan
  10. Nebraska
  11. Indiana
  12. Kansas
  13. Maryland
  14. Delaware
  15. Wyoming
  16. District of Columbia
  17. Colorado
  18. New Jersey
  19. Missouri
  20. Virginia
  21. Arizona
  22. Nevada
  23. Connecticut
  24. Hawaii
  25. North Carolina
  26. South Carolina
  27. Georgia
  28. Massachusetts
  29. Louisiana
  30. Rhode Island
  31. New Hampshire
  32. Mississippi
  33. Florida
  34. New Mexico
  35. Illinois
  36. Texas
  37. Tennessee
  38. Maine
  39. Idaho
  40. Washington
  41. Utah
  42. Alabama
  43. West Virginia
  44. Arkansas
  45. Oklahoma
  46. New York
  47. Kentucky
  48. Vermont
  49. California
  50. Oregon
  51. Alaska

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