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NFL Makes Big Decision For The 2021 Schedule

The NFL’s newest rule could have a drastic impact on how the division standings shake out by season’s end.

The league told teams on Thursday that forfeited games will come into play this upcoming season. If a team has to withdraw from a game because a team-wide COVID-19 outbreak, it will be credited with a loss, per NFL insider Tom Pelissero.

“The NFL just informed clubs that if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will FORFEIT and be credited with a loss for playoff seeding, per sources,” Pelissero reported via Twitter.

This is yet another incentive for teams to encourage their players to get vaccinated. The last thing the NFL needs is for a pivotal in-division game to come down to a forfeit.

That’s not all. Teams which have to withdraw and are thereby credited with a forfeit loss will also be “responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner.”

The NFL isn’t messing around here.

The league also isn’t planning on adding extra weeks to make up for cancelled games. If a game is cancelled, the responsible party will be credited with a loss and the schedule will move on as planned.

Roger Goodell and league leaders have made it clear they won’t enforce player vaccinations. But at this point, there’s too many incentives for teams and players to ignore.

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