Thursday, December 26, 2013
Inside Slant: Scoring, yardage records near
By Kevin Seifert
From start to near-finish, the 2013 season has produced some of the wildest offensive numbers in NFL history. So on the eve of Week 17, it's worth setting forth just how historic this year is likely to be.
In short, the league is on pace to score more points, both in sum and via per-game average, than in any season in its history. It should also eclipse its records for most yardage per game, both in total and via passing, along with total touchdowns.
Here is the breakdown, courtesy the NFL's communications department:
Earlier: NFL teams scored 111 touchdowns and gained 16,355 passing yards in the first two weeks of the season alone. The NFL set a single-week scoring record in Week 14 (859 combined points) and then had the second-highest total in its history a week later (844).
- Points: Teams have combined for 11,322 points, the most ever through 16 weeks, and should eclipse the full-season record (set in 2012) of 11,651 points. More noteworthy, however, is that teams are on pace to break a 65-year-old record of 46.5 combined points per game, set in 1948. At the moment, the average game has produced 47.2 points this season.
- Yards: Combined total yardage sits at an average of 698.6 yards per game so far. The record, also set in 2012, is 694.4 yards. Combined passing yardage to this point (472.3 yards per game) is up nearly 10 yards from last year's record pace (462.6).
- Touchdowns: NFL teams have combined to score 1,265 touchdowns. The record, set last year, is 1,297.