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The Changing NFL Landscape, Part 1: Historical Trends

If you’ve played around with pace stats or looked at league trends lately, you’re probably well aware the number of plays teams run in a season has been steadily rising over the past decade, with pass attempts rising at an even greater rate and rush attempts falling.

While the number of plays an average team ran in a season peaked in 2013 before dropping back a bit in 2014 and 2015, the overall trend is quite clear. I decided to take a longer look at the fantasy football implications of these league-wide trends now that the 2015 regular season is in the books.

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By Ben Gretch | @YardsPerGretch | Archive

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  1. An interesting note I just came across that would have fit well in this piece.

    Number of teams with >600 pass attempts, by season, over the last decade:
    2006 - 1
    2007 - 1
    2008 - 4
    2009 - 2
    2010 - 4
    2011 - 3
    2012 - 9
    2013 - 9
    2014 - 11
    2015 - 15

    It would be hard to argue the top teams in the league will be throwing 800 passes a decade from now, but I think the mean continues to rise due to more and more teams becoming more and more pass heavy.

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