In 1977, the Denver Broncos marched to the Super Bowl while averaging 279 yards of total offense per game. Projected over a 16-game season, the Broncos would have compiled 4464 yards of total offense.
In 2013, the Denver Broncos hope to march to the Super Bowl with an offense that averages 457 yards per game. Over a 16-game season, that’s 7316 total offensive yards.
Peyton Manning has already passed for 5,211 yards. That’s more than the 3906 total yards – running, passing, everything – the Broncos collected in 14 games in 1977.
I believe offense has devoured the current NFL, leaving the game unbalanced. It’s exciting, yes. Exciting the same way eating a candy bar is exciting. Exciting and a little bit empty.