Opening-day touchbacks at 49 percent
The NFL's new rule moving kickoffs up 5 yards produced a huge number of touchbacks during the opening weekend, yet a record-matching three kicks were returned for touchdowns.
The league moved kickoffs up to the 35-yard line hoping to address safety concerns, and that produced nearly triple the number of touchbacks from last year, according to STATS LLC.
Heading into Sunday night's game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, 49 percent of kickoffs (63 of 129) were touchbacks. ...
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