Questions tagged [american-football]

Questions about the sport of American football. This should not be confused with the [football] tag, which only applies to the sport called "soccer" in most of North America.

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What happened to EDP445?

What happened to sports youtuber edp445? He had a channel with 2M+ subscribers but his channel has been terminated. Why was his channel terminated?
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Why is the NFL considering an 18-game season?

I'm confused as to why they might implement this next year. What are the pros of an 18-game season? What is the reasoning behind it?
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Since the NFL changed to the 6 team playoff format, what is the best and worst record for each rank 1-6?

What is the best and worst record in each position?
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What are the reasons/benefits to continue with the conference structure in NFL?

Outside of history, what are the reasons/benefits to continue with the conference structure in NFL? Under the current structure, it is impossible for there to be a Superbowl between the two best teams ...
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What is a bye week in the NFL and what are some important things to know regarding this?

I've recently become a big fan of the NFL and noticed some teams had a Bye week. What is this week for, how does it work, and what effect does it have on team strategies?
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American Football (NFL) 4th Down/Last 2 minutes Fumble Rules

I've been reading into the fumbling rules and saw this on Wikipedia. "In American football the offense cannot advance the ball if it recovers its own fumble on fourth down, or in the last two ...
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What are the 2 nfl teams that played each other the least and the most?

What are the 2 nfl teams that played each other the least and the most? P.S. This is between two teams that exist right now not defunct teams
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Which NFL quarterbacks traded to a new team and took them to the Super Bowl in their first season with their new team?

Much like this year’s Tom Brady situation if he were to go to the Super Bowl. It’s his first season with the Bucs, who had a losing record last year. What, if any, past quarterbacks have taken their ...
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Is it a touchdown if the receiver puts a knee out of bounds before the second foot in bounds?

Is this considered a touchdown - attempting a catch, the receiver gets one foot touched down in bounds, then the knee touches the ground out of bounds, then the second foot touches in bounds?
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Why could the fumble in the Browns/Jets game not be advanced?

In the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets on 12/27/2020, Baker Mayfield fumbled on the final Cleveland posession, at 1:25 remaining. The ball was fumbled during an attempted ...
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NFL strength of schedule in deciding playoffs and draft picks

Why is a lower strength of schedule percentage better than a higher one when determining a playoff spot or a draft pick? I would expect that a stronger schedule wins out over a weaker one.
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Why don't NFL defenders wrap up during tackles as much as they used to?

20, 30 years ago, by far the most common tackling style was for a defender to wrap up the ball carrier and drag him to the ground. In the last 10 years, glancing tackles have become a lot more common. ...
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Does a blocked extra point count as a missed extra point for the kicker?

Does a blocked extra point count as a missed extra point? This was the case in last Monday night's game when Justin Tucker's extra point was blocked and from what I understand it was counted as a miss ...
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False start when close to your own end zone

If the ball is extremely close to your own end zone and your offensive line false starts (or commits any infraction, really) and the ball cannot be moved any closer to the goal line, what happens? ...
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Ball placement when a receiver catches it

Say you are going down the field from the 1 yard line. If the receiver catches the ball and his feet are at the 10 but the ball is extended behind him at the 8. Is the ball marked down at the 10 or ...
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Is the field goal good?

During a field goal, if the ball hits the ground and bounces through the uprights and above the crossbar, is it still good despite hitting the ground first?
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Highest record a nfl team can get and miss the playoffs

What is the highest record a team can get and miss the playoffs? Assume the 2019 scheduling rules and playoff setup.
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Where can I find info on “winning out” in the NFL?

When the playoffs approach, a team is said to win out if they win their remaining games on the schedule. This becomes especially important for teams who are not currently in the playoff picture. For ...
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Have NFL games been played at neutral venues before?

On week 13 of the 2020 NFL season, because of strict COVID-19 restrictions in their home county of Santa Clara, the San Fransisco 49ers played the Buffalo Bills at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona, ...
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Who is awarded the sack when a player is not actually tackled?

On December 6, 2020 at 4:30pm, the Green Bay Packers played a most riveting contest with the Philadelphia Eagles. On one play where Green Bay was in possession, Aaron Rodgers (the Green Bay QB) was ...
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Why does the official say “prior to the pass” or “after the pass” when calling a defensive holding?

Is there a difference in enforcement if the holding penalty happened after and not before a pass? This is NFL if it makes a difference.
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What happens when a play is accidentally awarded a touchdown?

This happened a few minutes ago in the LSU vs Alabama football game. The LSU runner was going down the field and dropped the ball just short of the end zone. I know that if the ball went out of bounds ...
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NFL teams with as many or more thrown interceptions than completions in a game

The Denver Broncos had only a single completion pass while they threw 2 interceptions against the New Orleans Saints in week 12 of the 2020 season. The low completion count was due to all the Broncos ...
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Why is it a considered a passing touchdown in cases when the receiver gains most of the yards?

I don't understand why it is considered a passing touchdown that accrues to the QB's stats, in cases when the receiver gains most of the yards. Consider a 5 yard pass where the receiver then runs 90 ...
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NFL football goal to go situation

When there's a goal to go situation and a team keeps making penalty they keep giving them halfway to the goal halfway to the goal penalty now they run out of room there at the goal line. Can the team ...
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Why do football teams like running up the middle?

I see over and over that the ball is on the middle of the field and the offense sets up a tight formation which is a run up the middle. Why not set the formation to run up the middle and run to the ...
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Why would a football punter turn and run the ball into his own end zone?

In the Jets vs. Chargers NFL game on 2020-11-22, LA were about to punt from their 28 yard line with 8 seconds left. However, the punter turned and ran into his own end zone, giving NY two points. What ...
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How do Southeastern Conference football records compare for divisional tiebreakers?

In the SEC (Southeastern Conference) for NCAA football, division tiebreaker rule 1.B states the following: B. Records of the tied teams within the division; In this context, precisely how do “...
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Actual kickoff time, NFL, of a (say) “12:00” start time game? [duplicate]

Today (Sunday 8th, 2020, week 9) there's a Bears at Titans game, FOX, at "Noon". (That's central time) In fact, what time would literal kickoff be ? Is there a consistent formula for that?...
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What team rebounded the best and worst?

My question is which team from a prior season did really good the next season.For example: team a gets a 3-13 record and is 30th team and next season gets a really good ranking(counting the playoffs ...
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What happens when the QB throws the ball and it lands behind the line of scrimmage without being caught by either team? [closed]

QB throws ball and lands behind line of scrimmage without being caught by either team an hits the ground
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What is the earliest a team can clinch a division?

My question is what week is the earliest you can clinch a division? What would the other teams in the division and conference have to be like? Also what is the earliest you can clinch the playoffs(so ...
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Could an immediate field goal be advantageous in NFL?

Consider this strategy: If a team reaches the 40 or so yard line, it would immediately go for the field goal attempt, instead of trying the touch down. This could be considered "small ball", ...
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Why do they have fake crowd noises in the NFL?

Because of COVID-19, the NFL stands are empty. They are stimulating the crowd with audio. It reminds me of a laugh track on TV, which I find to be very annoying. Why do they have these fake crowd ...
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What have been the NFL scoring rules changes?

I'm looking for a list of all scoring and scoring-related rules changes in the NFL. While the NFL goes back to 1920s, I'll be satisfied with just a list of rules changes going back to 1970, when the ...
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Why do the players in this video appear to be trying not to get a touchdown?

There's a clickbaitily-titled "Smartest '1000 IQ Plays' in Sports History" video on YouTube. The second and fourth clips in the video both have American football players apparently trying ...
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What differences are there between the XFL rules of today and the rules of XFL past?

As the title states - I know XFL was a league in the past, with rule differences between them and the NFL. I see the list of XFL/NFL rule differences of the current XFL league exist here, but I'm ...
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Super Bowl home field advantage - home team vs away?

My understanding is that the AFC and NFC alternate nominal home and away team status in the Super Bowl. In the theoretical case where a team makes it to the Super Bowl in the same year that their ...
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In American football, can a player intentionally fake an injury to stop the clock?

Wondering if this is against the rules or if it’s a loophole for teams to stop the clock and use it like a timeout.
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Why do teams almost always pass on 2-point conversions?

I found an article saying that from 2011-2017, there were 506 two-point conversion attempts in the NFL, and 79% of those plays were passes. Is there any explanation for why teams pass so often on two-...
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What are the fewest passing yards by quarterbacks in an NFL playoffs win?

At the end of the Tennessee Titans victory against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the 2019-2020 playoffs, the commentators announced that Ryan Tannehil became the first Quarterback to ...
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What changed so that the measuring chains are so rarely used?

I'm only a casual fan and I don't follow every change in the rules each year. But decades ago I seem to remember that in any given game, NFL or college, the measuring chains would be brought out onto ...
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How does a fumble at kickoff or a punt - recovered by kicking team - affect win conditions in overtime?

In the NFL, Overtime conditions state that if the team to possess the ball first score a Touchdown on their first possession, then they win the game. If they score a Field Goal, or fail to score, then ...
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Does the coin have to flip in NFL rules?

In a 2016 NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals, the game went to overtime. On the overtime coin flip, the referee threw the coin in the air and it didn't flip. The ...
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Can You Down The Ball During an Extra Point?

Let's say hypothetically, a team scored a touchdown but putting them ahead only 1 point late in the 4th quarter and kicking an extra point would only add an additional point. To take time away from ...
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Largest comeback against Bill Belichick Patriots

What is the largest deficit overcome against the New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick era? I have searched all over the Internet and cannot find a clear answer.
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Intentional grounding when receiver has stepped out of bounds

I was reading the Intentional Grounding (American Football) criteria listed on Wikipedia. According to the given criteria I think the following would be intentional grounding although I've never seen ...
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NFL players with multiple punt return touchdowns in a game

Nyheim hines of the Indianapolis Colts returned 2 punts for touchdowns in the week 16 game of the 2019-20 season against the Carolina Panthers. How many players have returned multiple punts for ...
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When was the last time a kicker was released after making two 60+ yard field goals during the season?

In 2019, Brett Maher made a 62 and 63 yard field goals during the season. However, he was released on 9 Dec 2019. When was the last time a kicker was released after making two (or more) 60+ yard ...
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What is the highest strength of victory that can be attained by an NFL team?

A follow-up to the question What is “Strength of Victory”?: I was trying to find the theoretical maximum of a team's strength of victory (SOV) after an NFL regular season is complete. Certainly, just ...

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