2012 NFL Football Is Here – Will The Passing Onslaught Continue?
The 2012 NFL season kicks off tonight as the Dallas Cowboys visit the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
What can NFL fans expect this year? Passing, passing and then – more passing.
Although the league boasts a bevy of top-notch running backs, studies indicate that most aspects of the ground game show little or no correlation with winning. The Giants are a prime example, having finished the 2011 regular NFL season last in the league in rushing. They parleyed a peaking, dominant defense with an outstanding aerial attack (punctuated by Eli Manning’s consistent 4th quarter heroics) to take home the big trophy.
Here is a graphical look, courtesy of Business Insider Sports Page, at the average passing yards per game for the top 15 passing teams each season since 1970. A clear upswing begins in the late 1970s and has continued to date, with what appears to be another huge spike starting in 2011.
Will the upward trend continue to spike in 2012? Time will tell, but the signs are all there.