2020 will be the highest-scoring season in NFL history

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Never before has the NFL seen a season as high-scoring as 2020.

With one Sunday to go, a total of 11,854 points have been scored this season. On Sunday, the league will easily shatter the all-time record of 11,985 points, the record set in 2013. If NFL teams continue at their current scoring pace, they’ll add another 790 points on Sunday for a total of 12,644 points scored this season.

Of course, far more games are played in 21st Century seasons than were played in 20th Century seasons, but scoring per game is also at a record pace. The average team is scoring 24.7 points a game this year, well ahead of the previous record pace of 23.6 points per game, set in 1948.

Never in NFL history have more than three teams averaged 30 points a game, but this year several teams have a realistic chance of hitting that average. To finish the season with a total of 480 points and an average of 30 points a game, the Packers need to score six points on Sunday, the Chiefs need to score 28, the Titans 30, the Saints 31, the Buccaneers 32, the Bills 35, the Seahawks 47 and the Ravens 50.

The NFL has consistently promoted offense with its rules and its enforcement of those rules, and the result is more points scored in 2020 than ever before.

25 responses to “2020 will be the highest-scoring season in NFL history

  1. Many games I’ve watched this year feel like arena football, and the statistics seem to match my perception.

  2. It’s almost like there have been rules implemented to favor the offense and allow for more scoring?

  3. Well, when O Linemen are allowed to tackle pass rushers to the ground, flags are thrown for any hit on a QB beyond a tap on the shoulder, and TE-sized WRs can push off with impunity, that’s going to happen.

  4. that would change if the average fantasy football pool had players on defense, instead of just “DEF”.
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    i believe the NFL works with sports books to shave points.

  5. That’s not a good thing when you consider the quality of qb play in 2020.
    The game is less enjoyable to watch compared to ten years ago.
    It’s almost as if the game is geared towards the red zone and fantasy football.

  6. Not a surprise when the offensive linemen can hold on every play and it’s illegal to play defense

  7. The lack of holding calls is absurd. I’ve seen TJ Watt get held by two people on the same play and no flag.

  8. The inability or unwillingness of defensive players to actually tackle has to play into this as well. Yards after contact are almost automatic anymore, it seems.

  9. Keep in mind the Minnesota Viking defense (defenseless) greatly contributed to those statistics. By the way what do the Minnesota Vikings do during the week that they don’t know where to line up or are out of position when they drop into coverage????

  10. The inability or unwillingness of defensive players to actually tackle has to play into this as well. Yards after contact are almost automatic anymore, it seems.

  11. bassplucker says:
    January 2, 2021 at 9:57 am
    The inability or unwillingness of defensive players to actually tackle has to play into this as well. Yards after contact are almost automatic anymore, it seems.
    The above comment is very accurate, I’ve noticed the tackling is incredibly poor in the NFL, high school tackling is far better. The players union should at least let coaches have time to train players how to tackle. The best tackling team I’ve seen in years was watching the matchup between Auburn and Northwestern in a bowl game, Northwestern has by far the best tackling team I’ve seen in decades-the NFL should show the film to their teams…….

  12. Well it’s obvious why defensive players are unable or unwilling to tackle, if they tackle it’s a flag

  13. The games have been fun to watch but the NFL needs to start calling holding again. I watched these great offensive plays but when they show the replay you can see a defensive lineman locked in a sleeper hold.

  14. Some stats related to this topic for your consideration. The research is mostly not mine, but came to me from a guy named Alex K who was kind enough to share them.

    – the Steelers are the only defense this season not to allow 30+ points in a game, despite the all-time, record high point totals
    – the Steelers are on an active, 30 game streak of holding teams under 30 points (the longest current, active streak)
    – For context, the last team to go 30+ games holding teams under 30 points was the Washington Football Team, who did it for 30 games from 2007-2009… a period when the NFL average for points per game was 21.7 vs. this year’s 24.7 and last year’s 22.8
    – At 52 for the 2020 season, the Steelers currently lead the next closest team in sacks by 3
    – For context, should they end the season with the most, they will have led the NFL with the most sacks for four consecutive seasons, something NO team has done in the history of the league, including the period before sacks were an official statistic
    – the Steelers are tied for the league lead in takeaways this season with 27 and led the league with 38 last season

    From a statistical standpoint, this is an historic, all-time defense that doesn’t receive enough credit and if they wore Purple, it would get a lot more attention. Situationally (i.e. third and long) they could definitely be more consistent, but the numbers don’t lie in regards to the quality of this unit.

    It will be a shame if it’s all for nothing because we can’t run for one yard when required.

  15. I am happy to see more scoring. Who wants to watch a game that ends in a 6-3 score? Not me.

  16. sterling7 says:
    January 2, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Keep in mind the Minnesota Viking defense (defenseless) greatly contributed to those statistics. By the way what do the Minnesota Vikings do during the week that they don’t know where to line up or are out of position when they drop into coverage????
    **********
    That’s because the Vikings organization has been grossly mismanaged for years and their players under coached to the point they are today.
    Unfortunately, their fans have simply accepted mediocrity, it’s what they’ve experienced for so long, or it may be the fact that they’re just too ignorant to know the difference.

  17. No OTA’s and training camp brings out the best in tackling! Pretty pathetic football on that side of the ball.

  18. If they would apply the rules as intended and not the oh he brushed a helmet kind of thing we would all be better off

  19. The NFL continues to ‘transition’ to basketball on grass. 0 tackling in many games, and all QBs and receivers must be cuddled to the ground. Coaches also favor vanilla defenders that don’t play the ball in the air. You can watch 60 minutes many weeks and not even see a safety touch a pass

  20. How can any veteran football fan not appreciate Rodgers’ winning abilities notably outperforming any number of nouveau riche youngblood quarterbacks this season?

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