Monday, January 24, 2011

If not kicking it deep is a good strategy in the playoffs, why isn't it a good strategy for the regular season?

Watching the NFC championship I was reminded of what seems to be a relatively common phenomena in the NFL playoffs: teams are opting to kick the ball low and fast instead of higher and farther. Presumably this is to reduce the chances that the kickoff returner will run it back, but it comes at the cost of letting the receiving team get a slightly better start position.

If this increases the odds of winning a playoff game, why not do it in the regular season?

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