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Mailbag: Emphasis on scoring sets NFL apart from other sports, boosts popularity

Originally Published: January 29, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN,com

A colleague recently mentioned to me that scoring was down in the NHL.

Over the past two seasons, NHL scoring is down near 5.3 goals per game compared to six goals a game in 2005-2006.

Baseball scoring is down, too, putting the sport in somewhat of a dead-ball era in which pitchers are dominating. In college basketball, digital scouting has allowed coaches to figure out tendencies quickly and make games more defense-oriented.

On the flip side, NFL scoring is at an all-time ...

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