The 2020 NFL regular season is now complete, making this an appropriate time to step back and look at some of the wildest and most interesting statistics stemming from a weird campaign.
Aaron Rodgers posted the second-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history: His 121.5 mark trailed only the 2011 version of himself (122.5).
Derrick Henry became the eighth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000-plus yards: Only Eric Dickerson, Adrian Peterson, Jamal Lewis, and Barry Sanders have rushed for more yards in one season than Henry (2,027).
Henry had as many 200-yard, two-touchdown performances this season as any player has ever had in his career: The Tennessee Titans running back accomplished that feat three times this season alone, and only Hall of Famers Jim Brown, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Sanders have done that three times period.
Xavien Howard intercepted 10 passes this season: He’s the first player to pick off double-digit passes since Antonio Cromartie did so in 2007.
This remains the most offensive season in NFL history: 49.6 points per game (more than three points higher than the all-time high), 5.6 yards per play (tied for the highest mark all-time), and a record-breaking low 2.6 turnovers per game.
And the best passing season as well: The league-wide passer rating was 93.6 (it had never been higher than 92.9), and the completion percentage was 65.2 (it’s never been higher than 64.9).
Punting is disappearing: The average NFL game contained just 7.4 punts this season. There’s never been a full season in league history in which that number has been below 8.4.
Here’s why: NFL teams went for it 66 percent of the time on 4th-and-1. That’s up from 57 percent in 2019, 44 percent in 2017, and 35 percent in 2012. You can see where this is trending.
Comeback Central: There were 43 double-digit-point comeback victories this season, which means 17 percent of this year’s winners overcame deficits of 10 points or more. There were 33 such comebacks all of last season.
No home-field advantage: With fans hardly playing a role this year, home teams were just 127-128-1. It was the first season in modern NFL history in which home teams didn’t post a winning record.