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Detroit Lions Matt Prater should be fine with NFL extra point rule change

While Deflategate continues to dominate sports headlines, the NFL owners voted Tuesday to change an important part of the game.

Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, sent this tweet early Tuesday evening: “The extra point rule for 2015 just changed. Snap for kick from the 15-yard line, 2-pt try stays at 2-yard line and defense can return.’’

"The overall goal is to make the play more challenging, and to make it a more skilled play than what it was,'' Blandino said.

Basically the coaches will have to decide between a 33-yard PAT or a 2-point conversion.

NFL teams went 162-171 (94.7 percent) on field goals between 30-35 yards in 2014, according to ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates.

Lions’ kicker Matt Prater was four-of-five on field goals in the 30- to 39-yard range in 2014. He had a 37-yard attempt blocked in Chicago on Dec. 21.

According to the NFL Network, in 2014 extra point kicks were 99.5 percent accurate. In preseason experiment for two weeks with snap from the 15-yard line the accuracy was 94.3 percent.

What do you think? 

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Blogger John Leach said...

Given the percentages, I think it will make little difference in coaching decisions whether to try for one or two after a touchdown. If they wanted to make it truly interesting they'd move the snap for an extra point back to the 25 yard line. A 42 yard attempt is no longer a gimme.

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