Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Open for debate: Should the NFL eliminate extra points?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Ah, the wonderful point-after touchdown - football's "gimme" bonus after a team scores six. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is examining the future of the PAT, noting that only five were missed out of roughly 1,200 attempts this season.

One proposal is that a touchdown would equal an automatic seven points. If a team goes for an eighth point - by running or passing the ball - it's a win/lose situation. Make the play and you get the eighth point. Miss it, and you drop to six points. How many teams would be willing to take the gamble?

My suggestion: move the extra point back to, say, a 30-yard attempt. That way, it's no longer a given for any team or kicker.

What do you think? Leave it like it is, or should it be modified?

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