Colts face short week after long overtime

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In 2017, the NFL reacted to the Buccaneers being required to play on a Thursday after playing slightly more than 73 minutes on a Sunday by limiting the total length of a regular-season game to 70 minutes. On Sunday, the Colts played a game that lasted the full 70 minutes, and they’ll play again on Thursday, at New England.

Here’s the fact that should get the NFL’s attention, if the NFL truly cares about the physical burden on players who play on Sunday and who then must play again on Thursday. Two years ago, the Buccaneers participated in 32 extra snaps in an overtime that lasted a little over 13 minutes before playing on Thursday. The Colts participated in 34 extra snaps in a 10-minute overtime on Sunday.

So what happens now? Does overtime get reduced to five minutes? Seven and a half? Does it become a field-goal kicking contest?

The best solution continues to be, as we argued a couple of weeks ago, adopting the college system of putting the ball at the opponent’s 25 yard line, first and 10.

Better yet, just put it at the 10. First and goal. To get to 30 snaps, more that three overtimes would be needed. To prevent that, make the teams go for two after a touchdown from the get-go, and not in the third overtime, as the NCAA requires.

This would be similar to, but also sufficiently different from, college overtime. It also would ensure the same overtime procedures for both the regular season and the postseason, which should delight coaches who don’t want different rules when the playoffs arrive.

So how about it, NFL? Revolutionize overtime in order to reduce the load on the players, and to ensure that there will always be a winner. Without that change, there will be more 70-minutes games, more teams playing on Thursday after playing in 70 minute games, and inevitably more ties.

55 responses to “Colts face short week after long overtime

  1. Yes, let’s settle a great football game by playing something that isn’t football to decide it. Brilliant!

    Or the NFL could do the actual smart thing and dump Thursday Night Football. Whether playing overtime or not, 4 days isn’t enough time to get ready for another game if health is a concern.

  2. The only solution continues to be and always was to play another fifteen minute period with the same rules. If there is a tie after that, then do it again. Anything else is a farce.

  3. How about add a week to the regular season, and give everyone two bye weeks with one bye week coming the week before the team’s Thursday game. This makes too much sense for the NFL to consider.

  4. And the Patriots have a 41 year old QB whose recovery takes longer. So as far as an advantage it’s a wash.

  5. How many injuries occurred as a result of the extra 34 plays? How much more “fatigue” occurred? How many extra snaps did the busiest player get? 16? 17? How did he fare?

  6. Poor babies! Have to work overtime! Maybe playing the first 60 minutes would eliminate having to “work” overtime!

  7. If only the Colts coach had decided to lose the game earlier in OT instead of waiting until the end to purposely lose. Would’ve been easier on his players.

  8. .
    The Patriots do have a distinct advantage in this game. They’ve been home lying in wait for two weeks. The Colts have to travel halfway across the country into the lion’s den.
    .

  9. Oh stop. A tough team wouldn’t care and doesn’t complain about things like this.

    The real problem is the Thursday night games. Almost everyone hates them except the ultra rich greedbags who own the league. Its not enough to be so wealthy they can literally do and have anything they want whenever they want, they have to have more simply for more’s sake not because it benefits them in any significant way.

  10. After that Titans game, I truly want overtime to be eliminated. I honestly don’t care about the outcome of a game after three and a half hours. Just call it and let us deal with overtime in the playoffs. Less injuries and wear and tear for players. Less ads and more enthusiasm for the next week.

  11. College overtime isn’t football; it’s like something out of a video game. I’d rather have ties outright when regulation ends than go to an overtime system of that form. Barf.

  12. Uh-oh Colts…Thurday night will just be another installment in the long line of payments for the childish Framegate accusation a few years ago. Expect a rout. The gift that keeps on giving….

  13. It was in 2016 when the Buccaneers lost to the Raiders in OT and lost by two touchdowns to the Falcons on the following Thursday. If overtime were limited to 10 minutes, the Raiders game would have ended in a tie and the Bucs would make the playoffs at 9-6-1 instead of the 9-7 Lions.

  14. Make Thursday night the last game of the week instead of the first. Both teams get a bye the following Sunday. And if you want to play six teams on Thanksgiving, just give up Thursdays for 2 other weeks.
    Throw in 2 or 3 double headers on other Thursday nights and that will eliminate byes coming too early or too late in the season.

    Or hire a doctor/lawyer/professional_Yes_Man to say there is no significant increase in the chance of injury to players.

  15. Its not fair the Patriots play 2 or 3 extra games every year, so the NFL felt under pressure to help.

  16. Ot should be sudden death like it was for many years play this game like men the way it was intended.

  17. When did everyone turn so soft? these are top condition athletes ppl being paid millions and being taken care of immaculately!

  18. And they will get crushed. Then again, they could have a month off, but they always lose to the Pats

  19. This game has never been about safety unless your talking endzone sack this game was about men !this game is ment to be played with reckless abandon no thought of tomorrow and was played as such for many years.now the lawyers and pc crybabies are destroying the sport.

  20. I’m still waiting on Andrew Luck to attempt a pass over 30 yards. At some point, opposing defensive coordinators are going to figure out that his throwing arm/shoulder are toast and game-plan accordingly…

  21. It was in 2016 and they got smoked by the super bowl bound Atlanta Falcons. They were down by 26 points to the Falcons, impossible to come back from that

  22. It’s just a coincidence.. it’s not like the schedule planners knew it was going to be an OT game right before the Thursday night game.

  23. A team that doesn’t get a bye can play 16 extra quarters not counting OT, that’s an extra quarter of a season.

    One of the things that amazes me about the Patriots run since 2001 is all the extra games they have played. Despite that extra work, NE is known for having tough practices. Getting the Bye is a major advantage. You are gifted the effect of a win without having to play, get more time to game plan, and home field advantage.

    That’s not only a physical strain. It is a mental one.

  24. tigerlilac says:
    October 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    A team that doesn’t get a bye can play 16 extra quarters not counting OT, that’s an extra quarter of a season.

    One of the things that amazes me about the Patriots run since 2001 is all the extra games they have played. Despite that extra work, NE is known for having tough practices. Getting the Bye is a major advantage. You are gifted the effect of a win without having to play, get more time to game plan, and home field advantage.

    That’s not only a physical strain. It is a mental one.

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    Patsies get 7 byes every year. The AFC Least and their regular bye. AFC Least proves again this year it sucks.

  25. Thetruthspeaks says:
    October 1, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    tigerlilac says:
    October 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Patsies get 7 byes every year. The AFC Least and their regular bye. AFC Least proves again this year it sucks.

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    Since our teams cant beat the other AFC East teams we certainly dont want to talk like they are freebies.

  26. ” …if the NFL truly cares about the physical burden on players…”

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    The NFL doesn’t care. Players have proven to be replaceable. Thursday night games are here to stay as long as fans keep watching them.

  27. Can the NFL stop trying to find problems to solve? Every time they do, they game gets worse.

  28. A lot of players love the Thursday night games because of the long break after. One player even referred to it as a mini-vacation. I just don’t feel sorry for the rich athletes because they have to work hard. I am now leaving to go to my highly dangerous
    much lower paid occupation.

  29. LeagueObservr says:

    October 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I’m still waiting on Andrew Luck to attempt a pass over 30 yards. At some point, opposing defensive coordinators are going to figure out that his throwing arm/shoulder are toast and game-plan accordingly…

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    He threw 62 passes on Sunday…. with a good amount beyond 30 yards. I think his shoulder is more than fine. You just didn’t watch the game.

  30. To me this isn’t that complicated. Have the teams playing on Thursday night have their bye week the week before. Seems like s simple solution that I never hear even suggested.

  31. This constant complaining about short weeks is getting really old. These guys are professional athletes, and if they are really that affected by playing an extra 30 minutes several days before their next game, maybe they should find more durable players.

    However, my belief is that these “controversies” are usually manufactured and perpetuated by football blog websites and talking heads. Would it even be an issue if there wasn’t a constant drumbeat to remind fans that they need to be outraged by someone else’s perceived “unfairness”?

  32. says:
    October 1, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    Last time the Colts were @ Gillette they started framegate, wonder what lie they will come up with this time??? Let it go but, you sound like an ex wife, women always bring up the past!

  33. campcouch says:
    October 2, 2018 at 9:13 am
    Ahahahaha, those dudes worked 10 extra minutes and can’t go to work for 3 hours four days later. Hahahaha.
    ———–
    So NFL players don’t have 10 to 15 hour work days? They only play football on game days? No practices? No film sessions? No working out. No team meetings? They just roll out of bed ripped and raring to go.

    I never knew that.

  34. So Colts fan,(pacer 1968) if your team and fans had to deal with framegate , believe me ,you too would still be annoyed! It’s not a matter of “letting it go” it’s a matter of just stating FACTS!!! The Colts LIED!!!
    There was NO Tampering!!

  35. Colts are mad and looking to take it out on the team that cheated them out of a Super Bowl appearance by deflating balls. Patriots won’t have an easy ride like they did with the overrated Dolphins. Luck is a competitor and can out shoot old cheatin Brady any day of the week. The Jag is up. Big beatdown coming and that’s no Lion.

  36. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    October 2, 2018 at 10:14 am
    So Colts fan,(pacer 1968) if your team and fans had to deal with framegate , believe me ,you too would still be annoyed! It’s not a matter of “letting it go” it’s a matter of just stating FACTS!!! The Colts LIED!!!
    There was NO Tampering!!
    ______________
    Where did your money and draft picks go?
    #YourTeam*Cheats

  37. carloswlassiter says:
    October 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    Sounds like the Colts have their excuses lined up already.

    Show me where the colts are complaining or making excuses man, this article is all about Florio and PFT stirring the pot.

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