Do you think new OT rules for Playoffs will favor offensive or defensive oriented teams?
Unlike regular season sudden death, the playoffs allow for both teams to get a chance to score. This changes the tactics of overtime. I think a defensive oriented team would prefer to kick off. Try to hold the other team to no score and win with a field goal. Whereas an offensive oriented team doesn't really care. They believe they can score at any time from anywhere so even if their team gives up points, it means the offense can do it's thing. I think it favors an offensive oriented team.
I believe it will have more influence on a strong defensive team. If the team that receives the ball first in overtime only kicks and makes a field goal, the 2nd team then knows they have 2 options; field goal to tie or a touchdown to win.
I believe that most NFL teams will opt to receive the ball as usual, but a team that has had a very successful defensive game may opt to kick off and try to gain field advantage by holding the offensive team.
It will be interesting to see how it works this year.
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