CFL offensive output report: league enjoys highest-scoring week of 2022 season

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A number of positive trends have emerged in some key statistical categories following Week 10 of the CFL season.

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The CFL just posted its highest-scoring week of the season, eclipsing a previous high of 56.3 points per game in Week 4. An 81-point game between B.C. and Calgary — the highest-scoring game of the season — was a clear contributing factor, though Toronto-Hamilton and Saskatchewan-Edmonton also generated above-average point totals.

One might suspect that a high level of scoring would mean fewer punts, but that’s not the case. Punting dipped from Week 9 to Week 10 but still remained slightly above the season average of 12 punts per game in both weeks.

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Offensive yards went up 4.6 percent from Week 9 to Week 10, though both remained below the season average. Interestingly, the two highest-scoring weeks of the season — Week 4 and Week 10 — produced two of the four worst weeks of the season for offensive yardage.

Passing took a dip this past week largely due to Hamilton and Saskatchewan combining for only 279 yards through the air. Ironically, both teams won despite their anemic aerial attacks, posting 34 points apiece. Rushing yards saw a 22 percent spike from Week 9 to Week 10, though both fell well within normal ranges for this season.

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A high-scoring Week 10 has moved this season back above the CFL’s eleven-year average of 50.1 points per game, a number it fell below two weeks ago. We have seen a 14.7 percent increase in scoring from 2021 to 2022 and a 2.0 percent increase in scoring from 2019 to 2022. Punting remains at an eleven-year low at 12.0 per game.

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Passing yards are up 6.0 percent from 2021 to 2022, though they remain at or below the levels we’ve seen since 2015. Rushing yards remain relatively low but have surpassed the marks we saw in 2015 and 2017. Previously, the 2022 season had featured the fewest rushing yards of any season since 2010.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.