CFL offensive output report: punting continues at multi-year low

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The first 12 games of the 2022 CFL season are officially in the books, giving us enough data to start identifying meaningful trends. It remains a relatively small sample size, sure, but it still represents the first 15 percent of the regular season.

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Scoring remains up 9.8 percent from last season, though it remains down 5.6 percent from the league’s average (50.1 points per game) from 2010 to 2021. If the 2022 season ended now, it would be the third-lowest scoring season over this timespan ahead of only 2021 (43.1 points per game) and 2014 (45.5 points per game).

Punting remains down 15.2 percent from last season and down 15.8 percent from the league’s average (13.3 punts per game) from 2010 to 2021. The 2022 season has featured the fewest punts per game of any season since 2010 with a previous low of 12.1 punts per game in 2016.

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Offensive yardage is at its highest point (749 yards per game) since the 2017 season and its third-highest point since 2010. This new yardage has come in the form of passing yards as rushing (171 yards per game) is at its lowest point since 2010, dropping 14.1 percent from last year. Passing has increased by an almost equal proportion, jumping by 13.3 percent.

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Week 3 was a middling week for points, falling almost even between the scoring produced in Week 1 and Week 2. The B.C. Lions put up an impressive 44 points against the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, though they held the Boatmen to just three points, keeping the game at an average scoring level.

There seems to be a rough correlation between points and punts so far this season, which seems strange. One would expect that higher-scoring games would feature fewer punts, not more. It’ll be interesting to see how the relationship between these two figures changes over the course of the season.

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Offensive yards, passing yards, and rushing yards all fell from Week 2 to Week 3, which was a surprise considering that scoring increased. Teams struggled to run the ball this week with no players reaching the 100-yard rushing mark. Calgary running back Ka’Deem Carey led all rushers with 91 yards followed by B.C. fullback David Mackie, who ran for 90 yards in place of an injured James Butler.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.