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What to Watch for This NFL Season

Mike Ridley’s thoughts on what to look out for this NFL season.

The Sports Accountant

With the NFL season being a mere 15 days away, I thought this was the appropriate time to give a short list of things I think are worth watching in the NFL this year. Some things may be solely based on my rooting interest as a Cowboys fans, while others may have a historical or league-wide ripple effect.

Can Calvin Johnson score this year?

I’m sure many NFL fans are wondering whether or not Megatron can repeat his performance from last year (short answer: Yes, have you seen Detroit’s receiving corps?), I’m more interested in seeing if he’ll actually find his way into the end zone this year. Johnson’s touchdown rate of one for every 24.4 receptions is the sixth-lowest rate in league-history for a receiver with 100 receptions.

According to Football Outsiders Game Charting, Johnson was tackled an uncanny seven times on the 1-yard line last season. SEVEN times…

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