With scoring and offence way down, CFL has become a snoozefest

Games have been tough to watch in the CFL this season and fewer fans are watching on TV. (KEVIN...

Games have been tough to watch in the CFL this season and fewer fans are watching on TV. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

Anyone else notice the CFL has become difficult to watch many nights, downright boring on others?

I thought it was just me, jaded by too many years spent scribbling about it.

But I’m hearing the same complaint more and more often, and for good reason.

What’s made the three-down game so great over the years — the wide-open play, the last-team-with-the-ball-wins finishes — has disappeared, and the stats prove it.

As our dear old game stumbles to the midpoint of the season, scoring is at a 29-year-low.

On average, teams have combined for 45.8 points per game, down nearly a full touchdown per game from last year.

If this keeps up it’ll be the first time since 1985 scoring has dropped below 46 points per game.

Before that, you have to go back to disco and bell-bottomed jeans to find offences this inept.


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