Making OT count less
The Arizona Cardinals are 2-2 so far this National Football League season, right?
To this Arizona Cardinals rooter, someone who has been rooting for the Cardinals since they were in St. Louis, the Cardinals’ record in my book is 0 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties.
Both Cardinal victories this season were in overtime, vs. the Colts in week two and the 49ers yesterday, which speaks to just how bad Arizona’s offense is.
Carson Palmer, retire. Bruce Arians, retire. Larry Fitzgerald, DON’T retire, or the Cardinals’ offense will relapse into the pitifulness it knew when luminaries such as Tom Tupa, Stan Gelbaugh, Chris Chandler, Dave Krieg, Jake Plummer, Josh McCown, Shaun King, Matt Leinart, Max Hall, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley were playing quarterback for the Cards.
The Cardinals are going nowhere. That they needed overtime to beat two bad teams shows they are a hot mess.
I am completely opposed to overtime in regular season games. I understand the need for it in the playoffs, where one team must advance to the next round, or to determine the champion in the Super Bowl.
In regular season games? Not necessary.
If the NFL is so hellbent on player safety, then why not eliminate overtime?
Yes, the NFL reduced the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 this season, but it still stinks–although it’s much better than the asinine college and high school format, which I’ve railed against in a previous post.
The Bears are also winless in my book. Their lone victory came in overtime vs. the Steelers in week three. 0 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie. The Jets beat the Jaguars in OT yesterday, but they own a regulation win over the Dolphins.
If the NFL INSISTS on playing overtime, it should devalue an overtime victory. Go to a system like association football—3 points for a regulation win, 2 for an overtime win, 1 for a tie or overtime loss, and 0 for a regulation loss. Easy as pie.
Under this system, the NFL standings look like this (I’ll update after tonight’s Redskins-Chiefs game):
NFC WEST–Rams 9, Seattle 6, Arizona 4, San Francisco 1
NFC SOUTH–Atlanta 9, Carolina 9, Tampa Bay 6, New Orleans 6
NFC NORTH–Detroit 9, Green Bay 9, Minnesota 6, Chicago 2
NFC EAST–Philadelphia 9, Washington REDSKINS 6, Dallas 6, Giants 1
AFC WEST–Kansas City 9, Denver 9, Oakland 6, Chargers 0
AFC SOUTH–Jacksonville 7, Houston 6, Tennessee 6, Indianapolis 1
AFC NORTH–Pittsburgh 10, Baltimore 6, Cincinnati 3, Cleveland 0
AFC EAST–Buffalo 9, New England 6, Jets 5, Miami 3
Easy, right? I know nothing will change. At least I’m thinking.