The 2014 NFL season is just 11 days away from the opening kickoff on Thursday night September 4 between the Green Bay Packers and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Last season the NFL teams combined to produce 46.83 points per game.
That broke a record of 65 years for average combined scoring per game. The Denver Broncos behind Peyton Manning had a great deal to do with breaking that record.
The mark previous was set in 1948 when 46.48 points per game was the NFL average.
That year, there were just 10 teams in the NFL and 3 of them averaged over 30 points per game. Only one of the current 32 teams in the NFL averaged of 30 points per game in 2013 and that was the recording setting Broncos.
Despite the scoring mark by the Denver Broncos that shattered previous records for a team in 2013 averaging 37.88 points per game, it still trailed the all time record of 38.33 by the Los Angeles Rams of 1950.
Curious as to now kicking has changed and how it likely has affected the amount of points scored per game?
In 1948, NFL kickers converted 41% of their field goal attempts, in 2013 that percentage had increased to 86.5%.
Case Keenum and Matt Schaub the two quarterbacks for the Houston Texas last season combined for a passer rating in 2013 of 74.0. That was 45 points lower than the 119 of Nick Foles for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Broncos were the leaders of the NFL in point differential with +207 in 2013. Kansas City and Cincinnati were tied for second at +125 in the AFC.
The worst in the league was Jacksonville with a -202 point differential.
Wes Welker in Denver and Cecil Shorts with Jacksonville were the leaders in the AFC in 201 for dropped passes with 10 apiece.
The league leader in that not so good category was Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears who had 12.
Today’s NFL has become a passing league. The AFC had the three teams that were the worst in rushing in the NFL in 2013.
According to Bovada and sportsbook.com, Baltimore, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh had the three worst rushing offenses in the NFL and coincidently or not so coincidently, each of the three did not make the postseason.
According to betonline and topbet, the AFC is 87-108 SU while 91-97-7 ATS in games that are non-conference versus the NFC West during the last three seasons. In those same games, the OVER has been 115-78-2.
The AFC dominated many of the offensive statistics for last season thanks to the Denver Broncos. In two weeks, everyone will get to see if the 2014 season will be similar to that of 2013.