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Weeks 16, 17 could feature division games only

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Posted by Michael David Smith on March 24, 2010 11:27 AM ET
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has consistently stated that he's troubled by late-season games in which teams that have already clinched a playoff seed decide to rest their top players rather than play to win.

    As a result, Goodell said today at the annual league meetings, he's hoping to arrange the schedule so that the last two weeks of the season are heavy on games featuring divisional opponents playing each other.

    "It is still an issue and I spoke to the Competition Committee about it on Sunday," Goodell said. "One of the key things we're doing in the short term is in our scheduling. We're trying to schedule, potentially, Week Seventeen will be all division opponents. And maybe even a large part of Week Sixteen.

    "So we think that will address this to some extent. It will not necessarily eliminate the issue but the Competition Committee -- and I've stressed to them -- we need to continue to look at this because it's important to the quality of what we do, the integrity of our game."

    Goodell is right that this proposal wouldn't eliminate the problem of Week Seventeen becoming irrelevant to most teams. Re-arranging the Colts' schedule, for instance, wouldn't have done anything to change the fact that they benched Peyton Manning during Week 16 and sacrificed the chance at a perfect season.

    But it's a step in the right direction. A final Sunday in which all 32 teams are playing divisional opponents sounds like a more exciting day of football than the NFL has given its fans in Week Seventeen the last few years.
     
  2. BrecksOnlyBoltzFan

    BrecksOnlyBoltzFan BoltTalker

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    Well it should make the last 2 weeks of the season more exciting. I love playing the Donks in week 17
     
  3. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    I like this.

    You can't force a team to try to win, which was the original stupid proposal. But this would set it up so that there is more of a chance of those games actually being meaningful because there's a bigger chance of division titles and tiebreakers being at stake.
     
  4. coachmarkos

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    good idea.

    When they put this in, they should put something in like your first 3 division games should be in the first half of the season, and your second half should be in the second half of the season.

    I just like the idea of having the games spread apart instead of playing teams 3 weeks apart.
     
  5. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    i don't mind seeing teams rest their starters, if you have played hard all season and have a shot into the playoffs you've earned that. They do it in basketball and nobody complains. Only thing in basketball is the fans get cheated out of seeing the star players.
     
  6. HollywoodLeo

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    I agree that a team earns the right, but at the same time it sucks seeing a team get into the playoffs because of it when they more than likely would not have otherwise. Case in point: New York Jets.

    At least in basketball there's 81 games so you can argue that the team that benefited still had to win a lot to be in that position.

    In a 16 game schedule one win means a lot more than it does in an 81 game schedule.
     
  7. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    82 but good point. I don't think it happens all that often, last year was just one of those years where teams slip in, like the way we were seeded higher than Indy two years ago.
     

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