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Briggs Says He Likes the Idea of an 18-Game Regular Season

At least one player is in favor of an 18-game schedule. Pro Bowl LB Lance Briggs says he likes the idea of two extra regular-season games and two fewer preseason games, the Chicago Tribune reports. The league has been discussing that possibility with the NFLPA.

“I’ll take an 18-game schedule over four preseason games where we all get paid $1,100 a game,” Briggs told the Tribune. “Yes, absolutely, I think that players who are going out there are undercompensated for the work that we put out there on the field in the preseason. But it is going to change the dynamics of the way (regular-season) games are played.

“Once a team (qualifies) for the playoffs, or they are a lock to establish home-field advantage throughout, coaches will have to make some different decisions about resting players or getting ready for the playoffs.

“I think there are more positives to (an 18-game schedule) than there are negatives. But in order for that to happen, it is going to change some of the dynamics of how we play, or how our coaches choose to coach these guys.”

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