AllGreenBayPackers.com Poll: Was Week 1 the Death of NFL Defenses?
The first week of the NFL season is usually ruled by defense. Not this year.
Quarterbacks and passing dominated opening weekend in 2011 and it’s going to be interesting to see if the trend continues throughout the season. Some stats:
- Offenses racked up 7,842 passing yards in Week 1, the most in NFL history.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were five games where both teams QB’s threw for over 300 yards, also a record.
- The Patriots-Dolphins game on Monday night was the first to have one QB throw for over 500 yards (Tom Brady) and the other throw for over 400 (Chad Henne).
- All of these records were set despite the fact that Minnesota’s Donovan McNabb had just 39 yards through the air.
Thanks to rule changes that favor quarterbacks and wide receivers, tight ends that are getting bigger, stronger and faster, and offensive game plans designed to exploit mismatches, defenses have been on the ropes for a while now.
Did defense finally die in week one?
It was only one week so it’s far too early to make any judgement, but it worries me a little. I don’t want the NFL to turn into the Arena Football League where teams move the ball up and down the field at will.
I love defense. I’ll take a 20-17 game over a 45-38 game every time. When a quarterback throws for over 300 yards, I want it to mean something. I don’t want teams with mediocre quarterbacks throwing the ball 45 times per game because the rules make it more beneficial to do so.
Unfortunately, I think I’m in the minority. Along with those record passing numbers this weekend came a record number of television viewers. People want offense, and the NFL is giving it to them.
But do they really want this much offense? The Patriots-Dolphins game was almost unwatchable to me. Standout defensive plays in the Packers-Saints and Cowboys-Jets games seemed to come after strange play calls or stupid blunders from the quarterback, not necessarily from dominant defensive play. And did anyone see Vikings defenders try and fail to tackle Mike Tolbert all game? It was embarrassing.
I probably sound like an old fuddy duddy, and maybe I am. But I want defense to make a comeback and to make it soon. Hopefully things even out in the coming weeks and we’re back to an NFL that features enough offense to please the masses mixed in with games controlled by the defense instead of the quarterback.
What do you think? Did you like all the passing yards and offense in week one? Or are you like me and would rather see lower scoring games with better defense?