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Football is back, and it's not looking fantastic. 


The Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons opened the NFL season Thursday night with an 18-12 scorcher of a football game. And while the final minutes were entertaining, the overall play in the game was nothing to write home about. The players looked tired for much of the night and there were a lot of penalties.


But watching it, I'm not sure anyone realized just how bad it was.

So we're one game into the season and that one game was worse than any single game in 2017.

There were 26 total penalties in the game for a combined 236 yards, which is an insane amount in a vacuum. But what's even more jaw-dropping is that number was actually more yardage than the Eagles gained on the night! Philadelphia, who won this game, gained 232 yards on the night, four yards short of the total penalty yardage in the game. The Falcons didn't fare much better gaining just 299 yards on the night and scoring an abysmal 12 points. Furthermore, the Eagles had 101 penalty yards themselves, just barely falling short of Nick Foles' 117 passing yards.

Amazingly, all of those penalties came up way short of the NFL record for combined penalties. The record is 39 penalties called in a game between Tampa Bay and Seattle in 1976. The single-team, single-game record is 24 penalties by the Oakland Raiders in 2016.

Still, Eagles-Falcons was pretty ugly. For everyone's sake, the quality of play improves as we go through the rest of Week 1 and beyond.


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