Chase and Jake: Tuesday Take 1/25/22

Chase and Jake give their take on the recent debate of NFL overtime rule changes.


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Bills Safety Jordan Poyer reacts to their overtime elimination against the Kansas City Chiefs on 1/23/2022/

Chase Ruch and Jacob Uehling

Should the NFL change overtime rules?


Chase – The NFL Overtime has been left unscathed for decades, and now people are starting to catch on to how the system is…unique. Is it wrong though? Rewind to the 2019 AFC Championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, where the Chiefs faced the New England Patriots. The Chiefs were actually going to do it, they were going to a Super Bowl. Tom Brady failed to convert on a 3rd & 10 play and it was in the Chiefs hands. Then there was a flag on the play, and Dee Ford had made a grave mistake. The defensive end was lined up offsides and had given Tom Brady one more chance. Tom Brady took the chance to provide a game-tying drive, and the Chiefs were headed to overtime to decide their fate at a Super Bowl berth. The Patriots won the coin toss and it was surely over due to the lackluster Chiefs defense. Tom Brady doing what Tom Brady does best: winning football games in the most tense moments. 37-31 final score, the Chiefs’ Super Bowl drought continued without ending on the terms of Patrick Mahomes. I was heartbroken, but never wished for a change in overtime rules. Dee Ford made his mistake and Tom Brady punished the Chiefs just for that. Now fast forwarding to the 2022 AFC Divisional between the Chiefs and the Bills, there seems to be a change of heart by the general public on the current state of overtime rules. These new critical sentiments of the NFL overtime are illogical. The NFL overtime is designed rather as a punitive device to those who make a drastic mistake within the regulation period, and it is the right way to go about it. If your defense cannot hold an offense out of field goal range with only 13 seconds left at the offense’s 20-yard line, why should you deserve a win? Much like a fundamental error of lining up incorrectly like Dee Ford did in 2019, the Bills were punished by their error. Playing a deep zone when the Chiefs are still around 60 yards from the endzone is an error, because Travis Kelce will easily put his team in field goal range if he has time and space. He had just that on a quick curl route with seconds to spare. A Harrison Butker kick gave the Bills the final blow, and the Chiefs rolled out of Arrowhead with a statement win. The Bills have an All-Pro defense that is one of the best in the league, 13 seconds should be suitable to stop any form of a score. Instead, they blundered and they were punished, just like the Chiefs three years ago. So the next time your team arrives in overtime, ask yourself why you got there. The rules are designed to decide a winner as quickly as possible, because neither team was able to pull through in the time that was allotted to them. Here is one addition to overtime that would be a good implementation: do not get into overtime in the first place.


Jake- The NFL Overtime rules are a flawed system that causes the winner to be decided by a hunk of metal that only weighs 5.670 grams. Going into the overtime of the recent Bills-Chiefs game, both sides had scored 36 points, and whichever side that coin landed on would’ve won that game. A coin flip changed the lives of both teams, without even giving the Bills a shot. This horrid rule hasn’t only affected the Bills, as it has ruined the lives of players for years and years. The only reason the rule has not changed is because Roger Goodell is a slow and inept man. The overtime rules in the NFL should change to a mixture of college football and the current system. Overtime starts out as normal, coin flip, drive down the field, touchdown, except after team A scores a touchdown, team B must score a touchdown on their drive to continue the game. If both team A and team B score, then it goes to college rules with both teams starting on the opponents 25 and going back and forth until someone can not score. This would be much more effective in deciding who deserves to win the game. Both offenses get the chance to score, and both defenses can make a stop. The NFL overtime rules have been flawed and it is time for a change. 

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