The NFL's new extra-point rules aren't only having an effect on kickers. Now offenses have to be more prepared for the two-point conversion attempts that used to be rare and could come into play more often.
Starting this season, teams that score a touchdown will have the option of kicking a 33-yard extra point with the ball spotted at the 15, or going for two points from the 2-yard line. What's more, there are scenarios in which teams can change their mind if a penalty is called on an attempt. In other words, a team can line up for two, get the defense to jump offsides, then kick from the 10 on a more easily successful extra-point in inclement weather.
That has Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo focusing not just on scoring touchdowns, but on capping them as well.
"We'll be ready," he said. "We'll have plenty of options down there."
Ironically, McAdoo said the increase in number of two-point conversion attempts will make it less taxing to prepare for them.
"You always put a lot of time into two-point plays because the information (on defenses) was hard to get and not very prevalent," McAdoo said. "Now they're going to be more prevalent so your time may be a little more well-spent because you'll have more options and more recent tape to look at. You won't have to dig back four or five years at times to find something. You'll be able to be smarter with your time."