Tuesday, October 2, 2018

At the Quarter Pole, NFL Passers on Record-Setting Pace

By John Turney

This season, so far, is showing how far the passing game has come. We've had two 6-TD passing performances (Pat Mahomes and Mitch Trubisky) for example.

After four weeks the NFL passer rating is 94.5, an all-time high, the completion percentage is 65.4 another all-time high. Yards per attempt is 7.48, another high and the touchdown percentage is 5.0%, the highest since 1969. And the gross passing yards is 268.1 yards, an all-time high. Interception percentage is 2.4, tied for the second-lowest ever.
Having followed these for a while, it's been our observation that the numbers go down as the season progresses. Defenses catch up, the weather gets bad but without doubt, the passing game is at its all-time peak and it's like at least some of these stats will hold to the end of the season especially if the run-pass ratio (now just under 40%) stays the same. Back it the day it was 55-45 or even higher at times. 

So, buckle up. It's going to be a fun ride.

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