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Game in very good shape

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That was the word from competition committee co-chair Rich McKay of the Falcons on a just-completed conference call previewing next week’s NFL meetings in Dana Point, Cal.

McKay said the average 44 points per game in 2008 were the ninth-most ever and the most since the 1970 merger while the average 654.5 yards were the eighth-highest ever. At the same time, average running time has dropped nearly five minutes to 3:02.12 which McKay termed “a really low number.” Also, kickers hit a record 84.5 percent of their field goal attempts in 2008.

The competition committee’s major proposals at the meeting will govern player safety such as wedge formations on kickoffs and hits to the heads of receivers in the air.

- David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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