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Joel Thorman
Chiefs Blogger

Joel Thorman

Co-editor of Arrowhead Pride, a Kansas City Chiefs website.

Offensive shift continues


The NFL's new overtime rules shouldn't cause many noticeable changes at first.

Since 1994, the NFL has averaged less than one overtime game per week, which means there's less than a 1 in 16 chance a team will go to overtime any given week. Overtime games, as a whole, don't drastically affect the season (Yeah, tell that to the Vikings).

While NFL teams won't necessarily change any strategies in the short-term, it's possible this is another sign in the NFL's effort to make the game more offense-oriented. Allowing teams to match possessions, and thus score more points, creates a feeling that the league is trending toward the offensive side of the ball.

Between the three phases of the game, having an offense that can score touchdowns -- and not necessarily field goals -- will help you more in the league's new overtime set-up.

I think that offensive trend will continue regardless of the overtime changes but the new rules do give that a little more momentum.

By Joel Thorman  |  March 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Competition Committee , NFL , Overtime Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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