Kickoff Stats: Almost Half Have Been Touchbacks
According to Stats:
The season is tracking at 1,285 returns, which would be the lowest since the expansion to 32 teams in 2002. Not surprisingly, 2011 (1,375) and 2012 (1,395) have been the next two lowest. Before that, 2009 had the lowest number of returns, at 2,004.
The touchback percentage is .494. There's never been a season when more than half the kicks are touchbacks. Before 2011, the highest percentage (.270) was in 1993.
Twenty-one of the top 25 worst overall average starting field positions since 1991 have come after the 2011 rule change on kickoffs, including eight this season.
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