While complementing the Minnesota Vikings outstanding defense, a scout had strong critique of offensive play in the NFL this season.
He said that the level of play on offense is “as bad as he’s seen in the past five to 10 years,” according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. In his Tuesday column, Freeman wrote about how the Vikings are playing so well with so many injuries. Many of the scouts he talked to agree that offenses have been terrible this season.
Scouts also are saying that the Vikings might have one of the 10 best defenses in NFL history.
On the surface, the stats do not show much of a difference in offensive play from even last season. Teams averaged 22.8 points per game last season, this season they are averaging 22.7 points per game. In 2010, teams averaged 22.0 points per game.
However, the rules regarding contact have changed drastically in the last 5 to 10 years, and offenses have been producing better than any time in NFL history.
Teams have been lamenting poor offensive line play for years. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this season that management’s desire for rookie contracts hurts offensive line play, because experience is every bit as important as strength and athleticism.