Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/29/12
BY SAM HITCHCOCK, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM (COMMENTARY)

The NFL’s referee debacle is finally resolved, so now people can begin to focus on the league and where it is heading. There is no question that offense is king in today’s game. It has been well documented by the Elias Stats Bureau that, this year, NFL offenses are putting up astronomical numbers of points each week. Yet there may be a new paradigm emerging that demonstrates the significance of a dominant defense.

In Week 2, over half of the teams in the NFL scored more than 27 points. Any team that scored less than 20 points (nine teams did) lost. In four different games in Week 3, both teams scored 30 or more points. Two unexpected quarterbacks, Buffalo Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick and Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton, combined for six touchdowns and one interception.

After Week 3, Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis was quoted as saying, “If you have a defense that’s fairly consistent, and a quarterback who can move the ball, you’re going to be in a lot of games. And right now, there’s a lot of good quarterbacks in this league.”

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