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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.”


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St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn 4 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 0
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 5
Baltimore - LP: B. Norris 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Tazawa 4
Minnesota - LP: K. Correia 4 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 5
Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson 8
Houston 3 Top 9th Inning
Oakland 1
Milwaukee - M. Garza 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - W. Rodriguez
Atlanta - E. Santana 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
NY Yankees - I. Nova 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Seattle - R. Elias 6:10 PM
Miami - H. Alvarez
Chicago WSox - J. Quintana 7:05 PM
Texas - C. Lewis
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Arizona - M. Bolsinger 7:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
San Francisco - T. Hudson 7:40 PM
San Diego - E. Stults
Brooklyn 94 FINAL
Toronto 87
Golden State 109 FINAL
LA Clippers 105
Atlanta 6:00 PM
Memphis 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City
Chicago 3 FINAL(OT)
St. Louis 4
Columbus 6:00 PM
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Houston 0 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
New England 1 FINAL
Chicago 1
San Jose 0 1st Half 5:00
Colorado 0
Los Angeles 6:00 PM
Vancouver FC
D.C. 6:30 PM
Toronto FC 7:30 PM
FC Dallas
Montreal 7:30 PM
Sporting Kansas City
Portland 8:30 PM
Real Salt Lake
Seattle 9:30 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13




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