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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).