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NFL shortens Overtime to 10 minutes

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    Some of the NFL rule changes lately seem a little odd to me. First there was the recent rule change banning the blocking of field goals and extra point attempts. Why? And now they have decided to shorten the length of the overtime period from 15 minutes, like a regular quarter, to only 10 minutes.

    The owners agreed to this, saying it's for player safety. Shorter time = less injury opportunities. I get that. As a fan though, this just means we will have even more games ending in a tie. No one wants to see that.. I would rather them come up with an entirely different way the OT works than just shorten it. Why not just do something like college football does, and just put the ball in the 10-20 yard line, and give each team a chance to score a TD instead?

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    joetemple Wrote: Some of the NFL rule changes lately seem a little odd to me. First there was the recent rule change banning the blocking of field goals and extra point attempts. Why?

    I thought field goals can still be blocked, but they can no longer be blocked by a defensive player leaping over the center. Did I read that rule incorrectly??

    joetemple Wrote: And now they have decided to shorten the length of the overtime period from 15 minutes, like a regular quarter, to only 10 minutes.

    I agree that this makes zero sense.

    joetemple Wrote: The owners agreed to this, saying it's for player safety. Shorter time = less injury opportunities. I get that. As a fan though, this just means we will have even more games ending in a tie. No one wants to see that.. I would rather them come up with an entirely different way the OT works than just shorten it. Why not just do something like college football does, and just put the ball in the 10-20 yard line, and give each team a chance to score a TD instead?

    Football should be like baseball - no ties.

    There are many things I don't like about college football, but I actually like they way they handle overtimes and would like to see the NFL do something like that.

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    BearDown Wrote:
    joetemple Wrote: Some of the NFL rule changes lately seem a little odd to me. First there was the recent rule change banning the blocking of field goals and extra point attempts. Why?

    I thought field goals can still be blocked, but they can no longer be blocked by a defensive player leaping over the center. Did I read that rule incorrectly??

    No you're technically right. But leaping over lineman is the best way to block attempts, so it bans by far the most effective way to go about blocking them. I guess you can still get super lucky and a O-lineman loses focus, and you can run past him to the kicker. But that's very rare.