One of the worst kept secrets in the NFL this season is that the lack of fans is helping offenses boom in a big way. With silent counts a thing of the past, teams have gone from averaging 22.8 points per game in 2019 to 25.3 points per game this season. If that holds, it would set the NFL record by almost two full points.
Everywhere you look, quarterbacks are taking the next step in their development and having career years. That is, except for the reigning NFL MVP. While many of the league's top teams are lighting up the scoreboard with ease, the Baltimore Ravens have made it look like a chore all too often this season. The once-juggernaut offense that blew away the rest of the NFL last year has come crashing back down to earth in 2020.
Last season, the difference between the Ravens' league-leading 2.95 points per drive and the Chiefs' second-place 2.59 points per drive was more than the margin between the Chiefs and the sixth-place Vikings at 2.29. After their 23-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, the Ravens are averaging only 2.2 points per drive. That ranks behind the middling offensive forces of the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins. Their EPA per play figure offensively has dropped from a league-leading .16 in 2019 to a 24th-ranked 0.00 in 2020.