There have been talks that the season could go anywhere from 8 games to a shortened 16 game season, where all bye weeks (including first round of playoffs and Pro Bowl week) could be eliminated. That means two lucky (unlucky?) teams will be playing football for.....potentially 22 weeks straight. 22 straight football games at the highest level, with little or no rest if your division is close.
That could destroy entire careers. While it is true that some teams could theoretically play 16 games in a row (Week 4 bye week to Super Bowl) you're also taking into account that they at least get one bye week and potentially more if they make it to the Super Bowl. By the end of the season, veterans could be completely exhausted, or their bodies could be so weak from having to rest during the week every week to the point where it turns into a game of survival rather than victory.
Late season injuries could skyrocket. With little or no rest for several months, players will be so fatigued that getting out of bed might even become a chore. Then you ask them to go hit other men at full speed for 4 quarters? That's insane. The Super Bowl could turn into the ER Bowl if they're not careful.
As I'm sure many of you know, a fatigued body is more prone to injury. We were pretty lucky last year when it came to injuries, but a smashed 16 game season could potentially ruin the careers of younger players and could also ruin the post-career lives of veterans.
I think smashing a 16 game season together is a horrible idea, but you might think everything will be alright with it. Share your opinion of it (or even a possible 8 game season) below.