Tweak NFL rules to prevent OT ties
Two NFL overtime ties (one involving our beloved Redskins) in two consecutive weeks are two ties too many.
There are no ties in basketball, baseball, hockey, high school and college football. Minor rule tweaks can end regular season NFL ties which really feel like “losses” for fans of both teams and overly complicate division races.
Just as the NFL once adopted the college two-point conversion rule, the league should now embrace an amended college overtime (OT) rule that prohibits field goals, mandates only two point conversions after TDs and prevents messy deadlocks. Plan B will please traditionalists who want to keep the existing but illogical OT rule whereby two or six points wins the game, but not three points on the first possession. This plan ends deadlocks by merely awarding a single point to the team that possesses the ball in the opponent’s territory when the 15-minute OT period ends (an option that requires there be no punting allowed in the last two minutes of OT).
NFL ties are the equivalent of greeting trick-or-treaters with a “Happy Halloween,” while simultaneously informing them that, “Sorry, there’s no candy for you.” Thanks a lot, No Fun League!