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Why would NFL teams do a fair catch?

I'm still wondering why would football teams do a fair catch if they could run to gain some yards. And, why would the NFL make that sort of rule? Is it because of some sort of safety reason?
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what is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in the NFL?

What is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in American Football?
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What is the best record to miss and the worst record to make the NFL playoffs?

This question is inspired by the fact that the NFC currently has six teams (all outside of the NFC South division) that could finish with an 11-5 record or better. If that happened, one of those ...
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Why does the NFL use Roman numerals for Super Bowl numbering?

This year's Super Bowl broke the tradition of using Roman numerals. According to this article the NFL postseason media guide says: The Roman numerals were adopted to clarify any confusion that may ...
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Why did the Houston Texans select a defensive player in the 2015 draft?

I have been watching Hard Knocks featuring the Houston Texans. I watch the NFL draft every year. It appears to me that the Texans are mainly focusing on defense. I understand that the defense is ...
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What is the highest number of picks a team has had in the draft?

I was looking at the draft from 2012 and noticed that the 49ers had made a lot of trades to acquire more picks for the 2013 draft. This led me to wonder about trades and the number of draft picks ...
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Which teams has won the most titles in the four major American Sports?

Which teams has won the most titles in the four major American Sports (American Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey)? I think the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most in the NFL with 6? Who has the ...
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Statistically, who is the worst NFL team in history?

I know there are a lot of bad NFL teams but I want to know who the worst franchise in NFL history is.. (ie: least playoff appearances/wins/win percentage etc.)
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NFL teams with back to back shutouts

St. Louis Rams beat the Oakland Raiders in week 13 (of 2014 season) by a score of 52 to 0, and went on to beat Washington Redskins the following week 24 - 0. Are the Rams the first team to win back to ...
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What are the main differences between regulations of the NFL and the CFL?

What are the main differences between regulations of the NFL and the CFL? I live in Canada and follow the NFL, but also watch CFL games once in a while. I know a few differences; for example in the ...
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What is “Strength of Victory”?

The NFL lists the following Tiebreaking Procedures to break ties within a division: Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs). Best won-lost-tied percentage in games ...
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Does the defense have to defend the extra point?

At the end of the controversial Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks game on Monday night, the Seahawks were awarded a touchdown as time expired that gave them a 13-12 point lead. In the ensuing ...
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How do NFL teams do in their last game if they have already clinched a playoff spot?

Do they tend to rest their good players so they don't have as many injuries going into the playoffs? Basically, I'm wondering if I should bet against teams with playoff locks if the matchup is close......
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Why does an unsuccessful NFL challenge result in the loss of a timeout?

What is the reason an NFL team loses a timeout if it challenges and the challenge fails?
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Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL?

Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL? If so, if the pass is incomplete is the play dead?
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How can a football team tie with another team?

I am, a football beginner, but still a fan. Now I've been wondering how could an football team tie with another team. I know that there, is OT, and I'm not sure if the game ends with a tie after 1 OT. ...
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What percentage of onside kicks have been successful in the 2015 NFL regular season?

What percentage of onside kicks have been successful in the 2015 NFL regular season? In what percentage of onside kicks did the kicking team regain possession of the ball?
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What happens when there are 2 turnovers on 1 play?

During the last seconds of the 2015 AFC Championship (Broncos vs Patriots), the ball was intercepted by a Bronco, and while the guy was running, he accidentally fumbled the ball and the Patriots ...
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NFL - If you are on waivers and under contract can you get credit for serving a suspension?

For example, Johnny Manziel is under contract with Cleveland next year. He will likely get put on waivers and likely get a suspension from the NFL. Will he get credit for serving a suspension (e.g. ...
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Is a double-challenge possible?

In American football (NFL), is it possible for both teams to challenge on the same thing for the same play?
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Can a runner achieve a first down when offensive holding is called down field?

Say it's 2nd and 5 at Team A's own 25 yard line and a runner makes of gain of 10 yards to the 35 yard line. What happens if offensive holding is called down field at Team A's 35 yard line? Offensive ...
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Why doesn't Los Angeles have an NFL team?

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the second largest metro area in the United States. It is big enough to support 2 NBA teams (Lakers and Clippers), 2 MLB teams (Dodgers and Angels), and 2 NHL ...
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What's the justification for this rarely-invoked NFL fumble rule?

Yesterday, at the end of the Packers-Bills game (2014 Week 15), Rodgers fumbled into his own endzone. Eddie Lacy recovered it, but was unable to fight his way out, resulting in a game-winning safety. ...
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NFL: Can timeout be called before first opening drive snap?

In the AFC Divisional Playoff round game between the Steelers and Broncos on Sunday January 17 2016, I noticed a hesitation longer than usual before the first snap from scrimmage on the opening drive. ...
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NFL broadcast info---HS or college affiliation? What does that mean?

When a professional football player introduces himself and states his college affiliation, must that player have graduated from that college or does 3 years allow for him to declare that school ...
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Why does kicking team get a new set of downs in this occurrence?

According to the official NFL rules about punting, http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/12_Rule9_Scrimmage_Kick.pdf Rule 9 (Scrimmage kick), Section 3, (Catch or recovery of ...
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What does “dead money” mean when referred to in the NFL?

I always hear this used especially during the off season when players are being signed to a new contract or cut. I still don't understand the significance and usage so what does "dead money" mean when ...
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Requirements for Touchdown Catch Near the Goal Line

When a ball carrier has possession in the field of play, and carries the ball toward the end zone, the requirement for scoring a touchdown is that the ball cross the plane of the goal line. The ...
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Why do NFL QBs spike the ball after penalty causes refs to call play dead?

QB snaps the ball Refs call penalty - off-sides, false start, or other line-related penalty Before or as refs blow whistle, QB drops back 2-4 steps After penalty called, QB spikes ball into the ground ...
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Why are fumbles in the NFL automatically reviewed when the result is a turnover but not when the fumbling team recovers the ball?

It seems to me that the likelihood of refs getting a fumble recovery call right does not depend on which team recovers it. Sure there are simple fumbles where there's no scrambling for the ball and ...
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How are tiebreakers determined among teams within an NFL conference?

This question mentions how tiebreakers are determined among teams within a division. During the 2013 NFL season, a scenario has developed where four teams are eligible (Baltimore and Pittsburgh - AFC ...
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Why is a PAT required after a game-winning TD at the end of regulation, but not OT?

The NFL overtime rules state that a touchdown by either team wins the game (field goals and esoteric scoring methods are irrelevant to this question). During Sunday Night Football on November 29, ...
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How can an NFL team with a worse win-loss record than a division rival clinch a playoff berth before their rival?

As of week 16 of the 2015 NFL season, the top two AFC West teams are the Broncos and the Chiefs. Specifically: Notice the x next to the Chiefs indicates they have clinched the playoffs. So they ...
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Are linemen required to use a 3-point-stance in American football?

In American football, are linemen required to use a 3-point-stance? If they wanted to, could they stand (without moving) next to the line of scrimmage before the snap? Are there different ...
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Can a football team assign a HB or FB as passer and QB as Running Back?

Is it legal within the NFL and NCAA rules that the main passer is assigned a halfback or fullback number on the team while the running back is assigned to the quarterback one? For example, could Tom ...
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What happens if an NFL kicker totally misses the ball on a kickoff?

If during a kick-off, for example at the beginning of a half or after a score, the kicker totally misses the ball when he goes to kick, what happens? Would it be a penalty for delay of game?
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Sabermetrics Applied to American Football, Specifically the NFL

Sabermetrics and advanced stats have become a big part of baseball in the recent years. Defensive shifts are growing rapidly. "Old School" stats are becoming less relevant compare to "New School" ...
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Why do NFL teams sign and waive players after one week?

I recently read a few things about American Football, especially of course the NFL. In the news I often read that players get signed and waived again after just one week or a comparable short amount ...
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NFL 6th (consecutive) year captain patch

Since 2007, many NFL teams incorporated a "C" patch for team captains, and the number of gold stars filled in represents the number of consecutive years a player has been captain for his team(1). If ...
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Captain stars on NFL football jerseys

In American NFL football, team captains now wear a "C" on their jerseys. Under the "C", there are stars. Some players have white stars, while others have gold ones. Others have a mix. What is the ...
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American Football: Why take knee before halftime?

I'm interested in the following situation: a team in American football possesses the ball with less than a minute left in the first half of a game and is facing a long field to score. Oftentimes, ...
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Can an NFL team to go 20-0? [duplicate]

I realize that a perfect season including playoffs is considered to be 19-0 because the team would have a bye week. However, is it possible that three teams in the same conference could go 16-0 in ...
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Is there a rule for when K-Balls are used?

In the NFL, special balls ("K-Balls") are used for kicking plays. These balls are harder and slicker than the balls used during normal play. My understanding is that kickers don't really like using ...
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Why isn't spiking the football intentional grounding?

I understand that spiking the football is a time management technique in American football, but I don't understand why there is no penalty (e.g. intentional grounding) associated with it?
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Is there a penalty for kicking a PAT from the 2 yard line in the NFL?

This year the NFL changed the way extra points work so that 2-point-conversion attempts are snapped from the 2 yard line as they always were, but extra points are now snapped from the 15. If a team ...
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NFL overtime: after a field goal, clock runs out on second team's possession

Under the NFL's current "modified sudden death" overtime rules, if the first team scores a field goal, the second team is entitled to one more possession. What happens if the clock runs out during ...
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Waived/Injured for non-guaranteed contracts before the season starts

If a player is injured in OTAs, minicamp, or training camp, and is waived/injured, is the team responsible for a negotiated amount of a non-guaranteed contract? So, if a player has a $5m non-...
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Why does the NFL enforce injury report rules?

The NFL is investigating why quarterback Tony Romo wasn't listed on the official injury report despite his admission that he was playing with broken ribs. In 2009, the NFL fined the Jets $125K for ...
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Why is an illegal shift treated as a false start at the end of a half in American football?

Yesterday near the end of the Seahawks-Cowboys game the Cowboys were down by 1 but had possession of the ball. They had no timeouts and next to no time left on the clock. Hurrying to get a play off, ...
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How does the NFL decide which teams play in London?

How does the NFL decide which teams play in London every season? Do any teams actually volunteer to play in London, considering the jet lag and also the fact that you might have to give up a home ...