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.