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Fix to clubs sitting starters?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2010 – 12:47 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been outspoken about his dissatisfaction with playoff bound NFL teams sitting their starters for the final two weeks of the regular season. At the NFL owners meetings Wednesday he announced some NFL schedule plans to hopefully rectify that practice.

“One of the key things we’re doing in the short term is in our scheduling,” Goodell said. “We’re trying to schedule, potentially, week 17 will be all division opponents. And maybe even a large part of week 16.

“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.”

Divisional matchups the last two weeks of the season would obviously impact division title races if they were close, knowing head-to-head record and division record are the first two tiebreakers. So it sounds like a good plan. Of course if a team is way ahed of the rest of the division like the Colts were in 2009, where they had home field wrapped up with two weeks to play, it’s not going to fix that.

Last season the Bills beat a playoff bound Colts team in Week 17 that pulled its starters not long after the first quarter of play, including Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Buffalo won the game 30-7.


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