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Today’s NFL Really Is A ‘Passing League,’ As Confirmed By These Fancy Graphs That Chart The Last 80 Years Of Offense

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The folks at Best Tickets just did a fascinating analysis of the evolution of NFL offenses over the past 80 years, and you should check it out, now. We’ll give you a quick recap with some analysis, though, for now.

They did it on the heels of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos annihilating the Philadelphia Eagles, with Manning now on pace for 5,880 yards, 64 TDs, 0 INTs and a 75% completion rate.

As you can see, yards per passing attempt stats have increased steadily in recent years, as offenses wise up, get more efficient, and guys like Peyton skew things with their 9.42 YPA figures.

It also helps that completion percentages are on a rapid rise.

Really, though: check out the whole thing; there’s lots more. Among the conclusion:

- Rushing success has been very consistent throughout NFL history.
- An effective passing game is more important than an effective rushing game, and that relationship is strengthening.

So, yeah, it’s not a generalization that the “NFL is becoming a passing league.” It’s true, and it’s backed up by the numbers on this fancy graph.

Oh, and kickers get paid more than running backs.

[Best Tickets]

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  • Ted Tidwell

    Did we really need all of the graphs and data points to confirm the obvious?

  • Anonymous

    to just confirm that the nfl is a passing league? not really, we all believe that. but you didn’t find all the graphs/data interesting? i loved it.

  • Ted Tidwell

    It was cool to see the passing v rushing attempts curves intersect.

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