Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

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If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct.

Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of offense.

Offenses were down both passing (an average of 420 yards yesterday, compared to 483 yards last season) and rushing (173 yards per game yesterday, compared to 218 yards last season).

The Bengals were shut out in their loss to the Ravens, while the Giants and 49ers scored just three points each. In the NFL last year there were only three shutouts all season, and only seven games in which a team was held to just a field goal.

So what does it all mean? Quite possibly nothing. The 12 games played on Sunday are far too small a sample size to draw any big conclusions — especially considering the fact that Thursday night’s Chiefs-Patriots opener had 69 points and 908 yards of offense. More likely, it just means that some teams played some good defense and some bad offense on Sunday. Given that the vast majority of fans prefer high-scoring games, it wasn’t the way the NFL wanted to open its season.

56 responses to “Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

  1. I got a great idea. Lets take 7 days and a preseason game away from the current process and see if it gets even better.

  2. This is the result of the lack of contact in training camp, the limited reps the first teams get in preseason and dare I say it, the removal of most enhancement drugs from the game. It’s no surprised the defenses looked good but a lot of them were looking gassed in the second half. We may have to accept mediocrity in the first few games as the new normal.

  3. Ravens fans don’t care about big offense. True Ravens fans care about shutdown defense. Given yesterday’s outcome, I think most of us are quite pleased. Now if only we can keep the Browns to less than the 18 points the Steelers let them score….

  4. This is the new normal. The first weeks are bad. There is little hope that with 90 players on a roster in the “new” training camp format that teams can properly prepare for 60 minutes of good football. The offenses are way too complex. The experiment has failed – teams need more time on the practice field.

  5. This is a result of how teams are working on developing agressive competent defenses. Every since Von Miller won the SB with a mediocre offense and beat a superior offense-TEAMS TOOK NOTICE and we are now seeing the results. Teams also have been leaning toward West Coast dink and dunk to move offenses and a great pass rush defense with great tackling never lets that type of offense build up steam. Incompetent dink and dunkers are going to be exposed. Also the pure pocket passer is going to be exposed. So what else is going on?

  6. Step aside pretenders, the class of the NFC goes head to head tonight when the Vikings and Saints give us a preview of the NFC championship game. Hopefully, these two heavyweights are allowed to battle it out without the referees deciding the winner.

  7. Teams realize that more often than not a stout defense and an offense that doesn’t make many mistakes wins championships. Its a better strategy to prevent opposition from scoring than hoping you can outscore them. Last year the anomaly look at the past super bowl winners.

  8. vikings and saints head of the class?lol what is it aprils fools day. not even class of their divisions. vikings only hope of not being in last place is bears to screw up and the saints well they just suck. only reason they even make the playoffs the last decade is because they play in a terrible division

  9. As a Ravens fan I’m happy for the win. But the Bengals are a mess and Andy Dalton is the most over rated QB in the league.

  10. Bad offenses all around on Sunday, because the best offense…..and best team……played on Thursday.
    the Kansas City Chiefs showed that they are the elite of the league as they DOMINATED the Patriots and silenced their 11 year old fanbase

  11. I wouldn’t put all the blame on the new training camp regulations and limits. Across the League, teams have played their starters less and less in the preseason. Now it shows. The timing that is so necessary for offenses to “click” hasn’t nearly been developed by week one. This is a bad trend for the teams and for the fans.

  12. “Given that the vast majority of fans prefer high-scoring games,”

    This is one of those old wives tales like “kickoffs are the most dangerous play” and “fans want games overseas” that people just state as if they’re facts without ever providing any evidence supporting it.

    Football fans love good defense. They also love good offense and special teams. Football fans just love good football, whatever side of the ball it’s on.

  13. I suspect that the decreased amount of time that the starters play in the preseason is partially to blame. Timing, execution, etc. are much more important to a highly functioning offense that defense.

  14. Yes, the lack of pre-season contact has made 2017 worse than 2016; even though those rule changes have been in place for 6 years. Part of the issue is several players were hurt(ing) Beckham, Luck, Newton to name a few. One game was postponed due to the weather. Two teams are outright rebuilding (49ers kept 16 players from last year). 19 of 32 first round draft choices were defense. Teams saw a lot of offense last year seems there was a lot planning to stop that this year.

  15. Iknowitall says:
    September 11, 2017 at 9:31 am
    Bad offenses all around on Sunday, because the best offense…..and best team……played on Thursday.
    the Kansas City Chiefs showed that they are the elite of the league as they DOMINATED the Patriots and silenced their 11 year old fanbase

    ———–

    Yes….yes…..KC outplayed the Patriots o both offense and defense, Congrats on your team’s win. I will remind you that last time KC pummeled the Pats that the Pats went on to win the SB that season.

  16. ““Given that the vast majority of fans prefer high-scoring games,””

    Total BS. Many fans love a good defensive battle.

    And as to the offenses that is totally normal. Defense always has an advantage the first few games as the offenses gel and players settle in.

  17. Teams starting out slowly on offense on week 1 one is nothing new. But did anyone in their right mind think that the current highest scoring team in the league would be the L.A Rams?

  18. Teams are so afraid of losing stars and important starters that they might not play even a quarter through the four preseason games. With the expanded roster for all the games, it makes it even easier to not risk the first string.

    No team wants to risk their starting QB during meaningless games. Better to be rusty for 1-3 games at start of the season.

  19. This is what you get when every vet sits out all preseason and camp now is a joke.. The only man who looked good was Antonio Brown. It takes 2-3 weeks before we see good football. WHat a joke!

  20. its the same thing every year but keeps getting worse as players play less and less in the preseason.

    and i’m sorry the answer is not do away with the preseason. if they did we’d probably get a couple weeks of horrendous football

  21. I was at 49ers/ Panthers and one observation of Clete Blakeman’s crew was they let the DBs grab and disrupt the receivers throughout their routes. In one 70 yard bomb, the corner had an arm bar going for just about all 70 of those yards. It was insane. If that’s a trend that continues much like The Seattle year, then offenses will definitely be held in check easily.

  22. Big_Mike392 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 10:34 am
    Meanwhile the Raiders did absolutely anything they wanted against a horrible Titans defense.
    **********************************************************************
    I disagree, the Titans defense held a very good offense in check.

  23. joetoronto says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I disagree, the Titans defense held a very good offense in check.
    ————————————
    I watched it for 3 and a half quarters, and the Raiders receivers were wide open on every single play. The only reason they didn’t put up 40+ points is because of drops or tipped passes or sacks.

  24. Ratings dropping like a sinker . That so called ” game” between the giants and cowboys may have been the most boring football game i have ever seen. A bad product

  25. I know how to fix an offense that sucks: just have the refs kick out a starting cornerback when said cornerback is taken down to the ground by his facemask. And negate a pick 6 for another phantom penalty. All in the same play.

  26. factschecker says:
    September 11, 2017 at 8:52 am
    I got a great idea. Lets take 7 days and a preseason game away from the current process and see if it gets even better.

    Not sure if you are just being sarcastic or really one of the “get rid of preseason games” guys.. but this has always been my point of contention with that argument.

    Fans immediately complain about sucky offense/quality of early season games.

    Don’t think anybody will want to see how sucky it would be if no preseason games were played.

    Also… for those folks thinking somehow not playing pre-season causes injuries that wouldn’t happen.. please see all the players out for the year who were hurt week 1.

  27. Iknowitall says:
    September 11, 2017 at 9:31 am
    Bad offenses all around on Sunday, because the best offense…..and best team……played on Thursday.
    the Kansas City Chiefs showed that they are the elite of the league as they DOMINATED the Patriots and silenced their 11 year old fanbase

    ——————-
    LOL, so winning is new to you huh? One of the best things to learn about winning is not to start doing backflips over one game. Granted beating the Patriots is pretty much anyones superbowl. But you have a long season ahead so shooting off the mouth on game one backfires more than not. Especially after beating the Patriots. You now have 15 more teams drawing a target on your back.

  28. To think the Nfl had to broadcast the packers 17 point offsive explosion on the airwaves with perennial 37 time mvp rodgers rolling up 3 an outs a large clip

  29. The Truth says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm
    Tony Romo is better right now than 80% of the QB’s that played yesterday.
    ——————–
    Didn’t take long for your rose-tinted specs to arrive did it? His eight wk1 splits and team’s results in those games (5-3) are highly varied depending on whether they or their opponent was up-to-speed. For example, in his last two wk1 starts:
    2014 (home to 49ers) 255yds, 1td, 3int, 60.8 rating.
    2015 (home to Gmen) 356yds, 3td, 2int, 103. rating.
    What Romo do you think we’d have this Sept, “right now” with all his accumulated injuries and lack of practice? And remind me again how much silverware he bagged for the team? 2 playoff wins in 13 seasons – even Luck already has 3 and Mark Sanchez has 4.

  30. with exception of a few QB’s, colleges, with their gimmick offenses, are feeding the pros QB’s who can’t read defenses and it’s beginning to show…scoring was down a trifle last year, and a trifle the year before that…the defenses have caught up to the spread offense…

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