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Matt Loede

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The new overtime rules make it a lot more fair for both teams by making a team score a touchdown instead of settling for a field goal.

It makes it so teams with good kickers will still have their shots, but also will need to play a round of defense in order to win the game. Making a team score a touchdown in order to win the game does change the mindset of some offenses. Instead of teams being more conservative in overtime, look for clubs to maybe take some chances with more throwing. I wouldn't be shocked to see teams take more risks, knowing they need to score touchdowns instead of field goals.

The one style of team that it's going to hurt is those that rely more on the run game. Teams cannot stay safe in this new version of OT, as while field goals are good, in the end they could lead to defeat. Big play offenses could be the thing once you reach overtime, and while good teams are still going to be good, I wouldn't doubt it if teams look for the big plays to try to win games with the new way the extra frame is set up.

By Matt Loede  |  March 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Competition Committee , NFL , NFL Rules , Overtime Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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