"Running it up" encouraged by NFL Tie-breaking Procedures
Is there a doublestandard among fans, coaches, and the NFL in general when the NFL's own tie-breaking procedures encourage teams to score as many points as they can?
Given the fact that point differential is also a tie breaker, the NFL is also encouraging defenses to try to shut out teams.
Is this a situation where its ok for other teams to try to put themselves in the best tie breaking situation - but its not ok for the Patriots?
And if anyone thinks scoring a lot of points is "classless" - aren't they actually calling the entire NFL a classless organization for institutionalizing the incentive to "run up the score"?
Perhaps there are some other tiebreakers that whining fans from other teams would like the Patriots to forgo? Do you think that would that make the overly sensitive and emotional players on the other teams feel better?
2. Division Record
3. Common Games
4. Conference Record
5. Strength of Victory
6. Strength of Schedule
7. Combined Ranking Among Conference Teams (points scored and points allowed)
8. Combined Ranking Among All Teams (points scored and points allowed)
9. Net Points (common games)
10. Net Points (all games)
11. Net Touchdowns (all games)
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