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Continued: Craig: NFL scoring soars, with no end in sight

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 18, 2013 - 11:27 AM

The Broncos have 535 points and are on pace for the first 600-point season (611). Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is on pace to pass for 5,498 yards and 54 touchdowns, both of which would be records.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said earlier this season that a coach needs to plan on scoring at least 24 points on average. Then he stopped himself and added, “At least that was the case a year ago. It seems like it’s rising.”

Monday, Frazier said the trend in more scoring is altering some of the standard coaching decisions.

“I think you see a lot more teams going for it in fourth-down situations,” Frazier said. “People are throwing the ball on third-and-1 a lot more, third-and-2 a lot more than they would have in years past because of how liberal the rules are when it comes to defensive pass interference and some of the other things that occur.”

Have the rules gone too far in favor of the offense?

“Well, the game is so popular,” Frazier said. “[Scoring] kind of drives the engine. … The popularity of our league really drives what happens for all of us that are involved. So I’m not sure it’ll change anytime soon.”

 

Mark Craig • mcraig@startribune.com

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