Scoring up significantly after two games

AP

The sample size is still small. But the trend is still clear.

Through two weeks (minus one game), the numbers show an obvious shift toward offensive success.

As noted by NBC’s Peter King in “Football Morning in America,” there were 1,249 points scored in the first two weeks of the 2017 season, a 39.03 per game average. Heading in to tonight’s game, there have been 1,465 points in 32 games, a 47.26 per game average.

That touchdown and a conversion difference can be explained by offseason rules changes, at least according to the players charged with stopping them.

Look at the rules,” Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. “I know the NFL is trying to make the game safer, but the safer they make it, the easier they make it for the offense. Offense makes good TV. The quarterbacks are the rock stars of the league, and they want to protect them. My job’s harder.”

Between the emphasis on hits with the helmet, and calls like the one on Clay Matthews against Kirk Cousins, defensive players are feeling a bit helpless at the moment.

13 responses to “Scoring up significantly after two games

  1. Campbell ain’t wrong in his quote above.

    I’m generally OK with the new safety rules. But if you are going to flag the kind of hit that Matthews made on Cousins, you’ll have to be willing to blow the whistle faster on “in the grasp” plays, so that as soon as a defender grabs a QB, he’s down. Otherwise it really is unfair to the defense.

  2. And people love defense. Maybe the league taking defense out of the sport is why the ratings keep falling…

  3. Both Kendricks and Mathews were robbed of sacks in the same game due to the Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay Packers fan rule.

    Both Rodgers and his fans whined and cried loud enough and long enough for the NFL to make the new rule.

    It sucks.

    All because of one player and his fans.

  4. It’s easy to find out if scoring is up due to new rules. Look at every drive that had a roughing the passer penalty, illegal hit, etc. Decide if that penalty was given when the drive should have ended. If that drive ends in a score the penalty directly lead to points. The other option is when, I don’t remember his name, the Packers defender that had Cousins in his grasps and just in-explicitly let go and stopped playing. Willing to bet he was worried about getting a penalty for landing with his weight given how the play was forming. Did that play end in points? Then it probably was impacted by the rules, though that’s less sure because maybe the defender just forgot how to play football.

    The field position thing I think has less of a chance of impacting it as I recall long ago reading when it comes to 4th down decision making that teams probability of scoring is roughly the same when the drive starts at the own 20 yard line vs the 50 yard line and only increases once you cross that 50 yard line. NFL teams don’t have drives stall after getting 2 first downs nearly as often as college teams, so NFL teams generally either march down and score or go 3 and out/1 first down before the drive stops.

  5. People love a good game, with a good flow…period. I’m pretty sure few people want a 6-3 game and most fans do not want to see games in the 50s. However, one thing that is universal is that NO ONE wants to see a game where you have to pause after every big play just to make sure there is no flag, no catch rule violation, and to wait 5 minutes for the referees to sort it out while listening to an announcer talk about it endlessly. The flow of the game in the NFL these days is downright boring at times.

  6. Of course scoring is up. This is no accident, the league has been doing everything it can to increase offense because the powers that be think it makes for better television viewing. No, sorry, but that’s not true. Fans want to watch COMPETITIVE games, both between the home team and the visiting team in every game and between the offense and defense on every play. Defense has been marginalized in the NFL today, making scoring itself less interesting and the overall viewing experience less compelling to watch. If I played defense in the NFL, I’d be asking what I did wrong in my life to deserve becoming the background noise of competition.

  7. I don`t know about anybody else but the new safety/don`t sue me rules have went so far over the top the game is just less interesting to watch.Way too much air time for the officials and no flow to the game.The product they are now putting on the field isn`t worth the prices they are still charging.You can`t lesson the product and keep raising prices.The difference between the pro game and the college game used to be bigger but the way the NFL has made hitting hard illegal going to college games is a better value so attendance at NFL games is dropping fast and they have only themselves to blame.

  8. Nothing goes to the defense except fines and now ejections. High scoring games are for fantasy leagues. Closer games when a score mattered was much more exciting. High scoring I watch on Saturday. The NFL wants to use parity every year but the game itself when all rules are for the offense the parity stops.

  9. Somebody needs to tell the Cowboys that scoring is up. 8 points and 20 points ain’t going to cut it.

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