NFL Defenses Tightening the Reins on High-Powered Offenses

The NFL offensive revolution peaked on Nov. 29, 2018 when the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams played a high-scoring game. The Rams ultimately won with a score of 54-51, making it the third highest scoring game in NFL history. This led to six of the eight head coach openings being filled by candidates with an offensive background. The remaining two were filled by defensive candidates, signaling a shift in the league’s direction. The decline in offense has become noticeable, attributed to defensive efforts and coaching strategies. Despite this, the demand for elite quarterbacks and offensive coordinators remains high. The November 2018 game does not reflect the current direction of the league. As points become harder to come by, defensive coordinators are becoming increasingly valuable.