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When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio Taylor Rapp Jersey Mens , something was missing.Kickoffs.“We were all looking around saying, ‘Does anyone miss kickoffs?’ The answer was, no, we did not miss them,” said Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating who is a consultant for the latest attempt at a spring league.So, yes, when the eight-team AAF kicks off this weekend, there will be no kickoffs as a nod to player safety and one of many twists to make games faster.There will be plenty of other differences between the NFL and the AAF, which was founded by Bill Polian, a Hall of Famer and former NFL general manager, and Charlie Ebersol, a longtime TV and film producer.Among them will be a ninth member of the officiating crew, called a SkyJudge who will be in the press box and can instantly correct “obvious and egregious” officiating errors, like the one that marred the NFC championship game. Overtime will be different, too.The AAF opens Saturday with the San Diego Fleet visiting the San Antonio Commanders and the Atlanta Legends at the Orlando Apollos. Games continue Sunday with the Memphis Express visiting the Birmingham Iron and the Salt Lake Stallions at the Arizona Hotshots.Those games will start without kickoffs. There will still be a coin toss, with the winner deciding whether to receive or defer. The team that gets the ball will simply send out its offense to start from its 25.“The players got used to it very quickly Taylor Rapp Jersey Cheap ,” Pereira said in a phone interview from his home in Sacramento. “It’s a bit of a timesaver. Our goal is to play in 2 1/2 hours.”Perhaps the most timely change is the SkyJudge, who is able to use real-time technology to correct clear errors involving player safety anytime during a game and pass interference inside of five minutes left in the fourth quarter.The SkyJudge was already in place before the non-call late in the NFC championship game that pretty much cost New Orleans a spot in the Super Bowl. NFL officiating chief Al Riveron called Saints coach Sean Payton after the game and admitted the game officials missed the helmet-to-helmet hit and pass interference penalty by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman.Pereira said it was modeled in part after the college targeting rule, which allows replay to step in and call targeting even if was not called on field, or take it off if was called but wasn’t not really targeting.“If you get a helmet-to-helmet spear and it’s not called on the field, it can be picked up by the ninth official,” Pereira said. “He has the ability to do it in real time. It doesn’t go to replay. … He can call down to the field and say, ‘Hey, spearing on No. 33 of Birmingham, 15-yard penalty, let’s go.’“It’s correcting errors on the field by another member of the officiating crew without having to go to replay to do it and having a three-minute stoppage to do it.”If the SkyJudge gets a quick replay, he could view it before the ball is snapped. They just can’t delay the next snap.Also gone are onside kicks and point-after kicks. When teams score touchdowns, they must try a two-point conversion. Field goals are still OK, except in overtime. The play clock will be reduced from 40 seconds to 35 seconds. The AAF will also go back to the original NFL replay scheme of giving each team two challenges, and that’s it. That means no time-consuming video reviews for turnovers and touchdowns.While onside kicks are out, “onside conversions” are in, if a team is trailing by 17 points or for either team inside of five minutes remaining in the game.So, rather than trying an onside kick Rob Havenstein Jersey , a team must convert a fourth-and-12 from its 28 in order to keep the ball.Pereira said teams like that change, too.“It was an exciting play in these preseason games. You get one play and if you reach the 40, you keep ball. If not, the ball goes over to the other team. It can be punitive. If you your throw an incomplete pass, the receiving team gets the ball at the 28-yard line. At least it gives teams an opportunity.”In overtime, each team will get the ball once, first-and-goal from the 10. Teams have to score a touchdown and go for two points. Field goals aren’t allowed. The other team then gets a series and can either match the other team or win.Games can end in ties. “We’re not afraid of ties,” Pereira said. “It creates some excitement.”Again, the goal is quicker games.“What’s nice is we’re experimenting with things the NFL has talked about,” Pereira said. “In preseason games these changes proved effective. We had points.“No disrespect to 13-3,” he said, referring to New England’s win against the Los Angeles Rams in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, “but we’d much rather see 31-28.” The Los Angeles Rams (5-3) head east to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) on Sunday in Week 10. After a rough 1-4 start to the season, the Steelers are now winners of three straight, keeping aspirations of the postseason alive.A few weeks ago this game looked, at least on paper, to be an easy win for the Rams who need to win this one in order to stay afloat in the NFC playoff race themselves. But this is far from a cakewalk game. The Steelers have one of the league’s better offensive lines Authentic David Edwards Jersey , a fierce pass rush that features T.J. Watt and reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week Bud Dupree. They will, however, be without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB James Conner. Having to travel coast-to-coast is never ideal but the Rams have been good on the road and, following their Week 8 win over the Bengals, Sean McVay is now a perfect 10-0 against against AFC teams.This is one the Rams need to win. Can they put it all together in a road contest in Week 10, clawing their way closer to a projected playoff spot? The Turf Show Times staff make their predictions...gorams (@AndrewKulick)Mason Rudolph is more like the name of revolutionary founding father then a NFL QB.Prediction: Rams win, 28-10Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)The Rams head out to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers who still present a tough opposition even without QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB James Conner. They still do have WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, however. He is still a beast. On defense, Pittsburgh boasts a good pass rushing duo. The offensive line has to play up to par, cuz Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt will create havoc. I’m a homer though. I see Mason Rudolph struggling against our secondary, Jalen Ramsey in particular. Goff will do just enough to get us the W. The run game will be enough to suffice.Prediction: Rams win, 24-20Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)I gotta believe the post-bye Rams will be able to flex on the Steelers. Like the Rams in the NFC, the Steelers suddenly find themselves in the thick of the Wildcard race, so I figure the Rams will get their best shot, but should ultimately have the fire power to score more points. One things worth considering though, the Steelers lost close ones to the 49ers, Seahawks David Edwards Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , Ravens so outside of their opener in Foxboro, they have competed well. Prediction: Fearsome Foursome - 27, Steel Curtain - 17Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)I find myself worried with the Rams heading into Pittsburgh. They began to find their footing just before the bye-week, but the Rams have not had the greatest success coming out of the bye. Even so, I think they’ll be able to perform well enough to best the Steelers. Maybe not by a wide margin, but we should come away with a “W” on this one.Prediction: Rams win, 27-21Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)The Rams come off a bye and travel to the east coast to take on the Steelers. Despite not having Big Ben, the Steelers are sitting at 4-4, led by their stingy defense. Los Angeles has had extra time to prepare and that’ll be the difference.Prediction: Rams win, 28-24Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)The Rams will give a couple deep looks to new starter WR Josh Reynolds and I think good things will happen. This could be tight, with the Rams winning the game out of sheer force of will. Prediction: Rams win, 17-14Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)The Rams are a bit banged up, but I don’t think that will stop them from dismantling the Steelers. I expect the defense to have a big day and set the tone for the second half of the season.Prediction: Rams win, 31-6Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)The Steelers aren’t the same team we’ve grown to know over the past two decades, but they aren’t nearly as bad as some think either. The Steelers have lost ONE single game by more than four points this season, and that was all the way back in Week 1 against the New England Patriots. The Rams will travel to Pittsburgh for an away game post-bye week, so the potential for a slow start is very real. Ultimately Los Angeles Rams Jerseys Stitched , I believe the Rams will play with desperation and urgency and need to begin to make up ground in the NFC West and NFC playoff race.Prediction: Rams win, 27-24seattlerams (@seattlerams_nfl)If the Rams hope to be playing in January, they’ll probably need to finish the 2nd half of the season 6-2. Booting a game against a backup QB would not be an ideal way to reach this goal. Jalen Ramsey gets his first pick as a Rams player with the boys in horns winning,Prediction: Rams win, 23-173k (@3k_)Prediction: Rams win, 29-17Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)Really excited for this matchup, actually. The Rams have had an extra week to prepare for this one, and I anticipate their play will reflect that. The push for a postseason starts in Week 10, and anything other than a win on Sunday would indicate to me that it’s probably not their year. Prediction: Rams win, 26-17Staff pick summary: 11 picks for the Rams, 0 picks for the Steelers

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