Tracking the statistical shifts of each NFL season in real time is always a pretty daunting task. Every season brings new coaches, new players, new schemes, new stadiums, and new situations to impact those who make decisions that determine the outcome of football games. Take this year: So far, compared to the whole of last year, passing is up while total offensive plays are down, by quite a big margin. Already, teams are averaging just 51.2 plays per game, compared to 61.9 last season. Is it because there are more penalties, resulting in lost plays? Are teams letting the clock run out more? Are teams just getting fewer plays in because it's early in the season? And why does passing the ball, even for young quarterbacks who are supposed to need time to adjust to the NFL, seem to be more suc ...
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Article written by T.J. Donegan