Last night’s game was a great way to open the NFL season. Two playoff contenders battled it out, and at the end of the night, it was clear where the game hinged.
Early in the third quarter, the Broncos trailed the Ravens by three points. Then Wes Welker dropped a third down pass – except he didn’t. The officials called the play a completed pass, and the Ravens failed to challenge the play, despite clear evidence it was a drop. Sure, Peyton Manning snapped the next play off very quickly, 24 seconds later by NFL.com’s count, but that was still enough time for NBC to replay the “catch,” and the Ravens had spare time to make the call.
Now, the question becomes, should the NFL adopt college football’s “replay everything” system.
Personally, the answer is no. The current format the NFL uses is obtrusive enough. Anything inside the two-minute mark of either half, any scores and any turnovers are already reviewed. Any further, and the NFL will have to go to college football’s sy...