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Mark Sanchez leads Jets to score 48 points.
If you are a fan of defensive battles or subscribe to the mantra that “defense wins championships,” then the opening weekend of the NFL was not your cup of tea.
If you love offenses and high scoring affairs, however, then you were in hog heaven watching the games this week. The 791 total points scored in Week 1 were the most points scored in an opening weekend in the NFL ever. That’s an average of 49.4 points per game. The previous opening record happened 10 years ago when the league started off with 788 points in Week 1 of the 2002 season. Another NFL record was set as five teams, the Jets (48), Ravens (44), Bears (41), Falcons (40) and Redskins (40) all scored 40 or more points in Week 1.
That’s right: the Jets!
That was the team that did not score a touchdown until the final preseason game. On Sunday, they torched a Bills team that had made some major upgrades to their defensive unit. No problem for the Jets, though, as they recorded six total TDs, four on offense, one on special teams and one on a defensive interception return for a score.
Want more offense? Five other teams scored 30 or more points in Week 1 and one of those teams, the Saints, lost scoring 32 points.
Whether it happens to be that the NFL rule changes are favoring the offenses or teams are just becoming more offensive minded, one thing is becoming clear: your defense might win you a championship, but you better bring your offense along and score some points, too!