|Cornell Grad Bryan Walters hits paydirt|
Of course, we should note that there was a kickoff return in the San Diego-Seattle game by undrafted-free agent receive Bryan Walters. So despite all the boring touchbacks, there was indeed some action.
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Generally speaking, returners made a smart move by bringing the ball out of the end zone about twice as much as they made a bad decision.
Another interesting insight was that the number of touchbacks really varied by game. There was some games with very few, while other games had almost exclusively touchbacks on every kickoffs. I get the feeling that some kickers narrowly miss the power to boot it in the end zone every time, while some kickers have the power to blast it in the back of the end zone every time. Additionally, some teams seemed very conservative and tended to kneel when the ball was shallow in the end zone, while other teams ran it out almost always.