The NFL is expected to change the length of overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes in the name of player safety.
NFL overtime expected to be reduced today to 10 minutes from 15 minutes. "It's happening," said one league official.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 23, 2017
If the owners ratify the change, more ties are coming to the NFL.
In the last five NFL seasons there have been 5 ties including two games last year (Bengals vs. Redskins and Seahawks vs. Cardinals). No one likes a tie game, it’s just like kissing your sister. Gross!
If overtime had been just ten minutes long in each of the last five years the number of ties would increase from 5 to 18 games.
Limiting the wear and tear on players is a good thing. However, as Herm Edwards said, “You play to win the game.” If we get three times as many ties going forward the NFL might be forced to adjust the overtime rules once again.
These Games would have tied with 10 minute Overtimes
|Date||Game||Winner||Time of Winning Score|
|12/24/16||Dolphins vs. Bills||Dolphins||0:47|
|10/30/16||Raiders vs. Buccaneers||Raiders||1:45|
|1/3/16||49ers vs. Rams||49ers||3:27|
|10/18/15||Broncos vs. Browns||Broncos||4:56|
|10/18/15||Lions vs. Bears||Lions||2:29|
|10/11/15||Seahawks vs. Bengals||Bengals||3:36|
|10/4/15||Colts vs. Jaguars||Colts||4:36|
|12/1/13||Bears vs. Vikings||Vikings||1:43|
|11/24/13||Patriots vs. Broncos||Patriots||1:56|
|9/29/13||Texans vs. Seahawks||Seahawks||3:19|
|12/2/12||Rams vs. 49ers||Rams||0:26|
|11/25/12||Ravens vs. Chargers||Ravens||1:07|
|11/22/12||Lions vs. Texans||Texans||2:21|