NFL Overtime Thoughts
The overtime period in the NFL is like betting on black or red in roulette, you have a 50/50 chance at winning the coin toss that can decide the game.
The NFL changed the rules this year to where only a touchdown or safety wins the game on the first possession, and a field goal can be answered by the opposing team.
The change from first-to-score was a small step in the right direction, but it ultimately still leaves a disadvantage for the team who loses the toss.
Enter college football.
In college football, overtime is played completely different. The coin toss is still involved, but it is not as big of a deal. The team that wins the toss gets the choice of the ball first or playing defense, but regardless of what they do, the opposing team will still have a chance.
The ball is placed at the 25-yard line and whichever team starts with the ball gets the chance to score a touchdown or field goal and the defending team gets a chance to match the possession or beat it. A good concept.
If you still don’t agree though, look at it this way. The two teams play 60 minutes of great football, but can lose the game because they didn’t get to start with the ball in overtime? That makes no sense to me. Match-play overtime is about as fair as it gets. And if it were in the NFL, it would only improve the game.
Think about it. If the offenses in the NFL had red-zone battles to determine the game, they would have you on the edge of your seat. I know I would be. Could you imagine watching the Packers and Patriots go at it. Brady vs Rodgers throwing touchdowns back and forth. I’m in.
And this change would also eliminate the chance of tie games. Like I said earlier, you play 60 minutes, and now an additional 15 minutes, but have no winner? That is stupid. There should be no ties in sports. Period.
The NFL needs to adapt these sensible overtime rules into their league and get rid of the garbage system they have because there is not much hope for the team who loses the coin toss.
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