Bucs-Steelers narrowly avoided overtime

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No one wants to see overtime in the preseason. On Friday night, the Buccaneers and Steelers nearly did.

Trailing late in the fourth quarter by eight points, the Bucs drove the length of the field, and they scored a touchdown. With only 10 seconds left and trailing by two, Tampa coach Bruce Arians called for a play that, if successful, would have tied the game and forced the two teams to keep playing.

Fortunately for everyone, the play failed.

“No, I didn’t want to go to overtime,” Arians told reporters after the game. “But I would like to run that play better. I would like to have seen it executed better.”

But if it had been executed better, the final score at the end of regulation would have been, barring a kickoff return for a touchdown by the Steelers or a last-snap miracle, 30-30. And the exhibition contest would have been extended, creating more reps for players and greater risk of injury.

Yes, ties stink. But in the preseason, where the final score matters only to those who have gambling problem, a tie at the end of regulation doesn’t need to be resolved by extending the game beyond 60 minutes. Of all the rules changes that the NFL could make in any given year, this is one that has been overdue for decades.

Of course, it won’t happen until a preseason game goes to overtime and one of the players tears an ACL during the extra period.

12 responses to “Bucs-Steelers narrowly avoided overtime

  1. BS – dude just didn’t want to lose! End of. But seeing as reg games can end in a tie after OT, the NFL should mandate preseasoners can just end tied after regulation.

  2. No one wants to see OT in a preseason game, watching the last half is often painful enough. But no starters would be in at that point, and very few of a team’s final 53 would be on the field, so I highly doubt that a torn ACL in a preseason OT would move the needle at all.

    If watching legitimate starters get injured at any point during a preseason game hasn’t changed things, why would they care about someone who won’t play a down for them during the regular season?

  3. It does make sense to just decide no OT for preseason games.
    But it’s funny that people complain ‘no one wants to see OT,’ or ‘the second half of preseason games are painful to watch.’

    Why do so many watch what is painful or shouldn’t exist?

  4. Even baseball doesnt do extra innings in spring games. They seem to understand these are practice games.

  5. Why wouldn’t teams want to play overtime in the preseason? Heck they go out of their way to have join practices with other teams. Overtime would be even better than join practices, and give them more chances to evaluate players and let players experience the pressure of overtime.

  6. Reason for OT is because Vegas demands it for betting purposes. Isn’t that obvious enough

  7. What do you mean ties matter only to people with a gambling problem? Why does it have to be a problem? Are you opposed to sports wagering? Your use of the word “problem” sure seems to suggest you are. Most people who wager on football have it well under control and don’t have a problem.

  8. What do you mean ties matter only to people with a gambling problem? Why does it have to be a problem? Are you opposed to sports wagering? Your use of the word “problem” sure seems to suggest you are. Most people who wager on football have it well under control and don’t have a problem.
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    Sounds like someone has a gambling problem.

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