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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Inelegible player downfield rule [duplicate]

I would like some clarification abour Inelegible player downfield. This rule allows inelegible player to move downfield more than one yard beyond the line of scrimmage only when a forward pass is ...
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How do you compare NFL betting lines?

I am trying to compare betting lines on NFL across different sportsbooks to find the optimal one to bet. Here is an example: Sportsbook 1 offers: team A spread: -6 odds:-116 Sportsbook 2 offers: team ...
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Illegal touching within 5yards

Could anyone explain exactly what the NFL Rule 8 Section 4 Article 2 means to me? The NFL rule 8.4.1: "...so long as the receiver has not moved beyond a point that is even with the defender"...
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When can an ineligible receiver go downfield?

When can an ineligible receiver go downfield - I know they can't when a forward pass is thrown but how does it work in running plays?
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Illegal contact within 5yrds [closed]

I don't understand what is the meaning of this rule: NFL 8.4.2. Illegal contact within five yards Within five yards zone, if the player who receives the snap remains in the pocket with the ball, the ...
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Muffed Kickoff Out Of Bounds

I don't understand this situation: Team A kicks a kickoff, it exceeds the 20 yards and, in flight, a player of the team A (The kicking team) touches it, without having possession, the ball goes ...
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Rule for stopping / starting the clock when running out of bounds with the football in NFL & NCAA

What are the rules and are they the same in NCAA and NFL when it comes to stopping and starting the game clock when a player runs out of bounds with the football. What I have found out is that ...
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Are interception hard to defend in football because offense is playing?

I know there are 2 teams in football the defense and offense. I'm just thinking it would be really hard to defend after your team gets intercepted because the people on the field don't really play ...
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Pass Interference Behind Scrimmage

What if a receiver or a running back is behind the line of scrimmage can a defensive player step across the line of scrimmage to attack the player? Does the defensive player need to allow him to touch ...
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What happens if a defender blocks a non-ball carrier?

While an offensive player can block a defensive player, the defense can only block or tackle the ball-carrier. What foul (if any) is committed if a defensive player blocks a non-ball carrier?
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First Touching During A Field Goal

Ok, Team 1 tries a field goal at 30 yards, this is failed but it goes on 10 yards where, before it lands, is illegaly touched by a kicking team player (First touching), so in this case is the ball ...
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A forward pass batted from one receiver multiple times, eventually to another

The quarterback makes a forward pass to the first wide receiver who bats the ball foward, then the same receiver retouches the ball and bats the ball again toward a second receiver. Is it legal? Or ...
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Is there an abbreviation for gunner? (American football positions)

It seems there is no abbreviation for gunner among American football positions. G is used for offensive guards, so it is ineligible.
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A receiver catching the ball on top of a player then going of bounds

If a receiver catches a ball near the sidelines, but the defender falls down, and then the receiver lands on the defender and goes out of bounds, is it a catch? This is assumes that if there was no ...
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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 not ...
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How much of the fifth year option salary is guaranteed?

Given that teams have to pick up a players fifth year option in the summer before their forth year, how much is guaranteed? IF a player is on the bubble before the forth year but then really sucks the ...
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Is recruiting rating a strong indicator of pro career trajectory?

I saw the following graphic: Is there any data that correlates 5-star recruits to pro career trajectory? How accurate is the recruiting rating system among the recruiting services (eg, 247sports, ...
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What determines the spot of a field goal kick in the NFL?

Is there a limit to how close the ball gets spotted behind the line of scrimmage during a field goal attempt? I regularly watch the NFL and on the field goals the holder awaits for the ball about 8 ...
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Kicks out of bounds

I have some situations Kickoff touched by receiving team goes out of bounds, who gets the ball? I mean the RT doesn't fumble but only muffed the kickoff. Kickoff muffed by RT (or after 10 yards) then ...
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Is the reception completed if a receiver gets one foot in bounds and then he steps on his own foot instead of getting the other foot down?

As the title explains, if the receiver gets one foot down, then he steps on his own foot and gets out of bounds, is it considered a valid catch or no?
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Why a TD? When recovered on ½-yard line and "momentumed" into the end zone, in American football

Why was it a touchdown in the Falcons vs. Cowboys game when a blocked punt was recovered ball on "½-yard line", but the momentum carried the player over to the end zone? The player was ...
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In American football can it not be "Illegal use of hands" on the ball carrier?

It's fairly common that the defense is called for an: "Illegal use of hands - Hands to the face". But, I've seen it a couple of time now, when the ball carrier (offence) does the same thing ...
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History of Tennessee vs Alabama in American football series

Has the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama ever played American football against each other while being ranked #1 and #2 in the nation?
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Has the Super Bowl ever been played on the opening day of the Olympics?

Have the two events ever been simultaneous?
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How many yards is 3rd and Long?

An NFL announcer will say "3rd and long" when a team is about to start a 3rd down play and they are in the vicinity of 10 yards to go. But what is the cutoff? What makes it 3rd and short to ...
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NFL rules, overtime, double turnover

NFL overtime rules. Say first possession offense throws an interception but then the defender fumbles trying to make a return, and the offense gets it back. The offense gets a new set of downs due to ...
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Why does the game stop after the kicking team catches a punt?

I am a occasional football watcher from Europe, so please excuse my stupid question. My question is the following: The standard outcome of a punt is a catch by the defending team and some running ...
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Can an out of bounds player down a football in the field of play?

In Steelers/Ravens game on Jan 6, 2024, the Steelers kick returner (Godwin Igwebuike) intentionally went out of bounds and touched a kickoff while lying across the sideline, being both in bounds and ...
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college touchdown rules for endzone catches

If the player catches the football after he runs behind the line at the back of the endzone is it a touchdown? Is he out of bounds?
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When was the last matchup between ranked MAC football teams?

I'm a Toldeo / Mid-American Conference fan, and just interested in what was the last match up (before December 2022) between two ranked MAC teams?
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What constitutes a false start on the offense in American football?

I thought I knew the rules of American NFL football but maybe this is a nuanced rule regarding false starts. I know everyone on the offense needs to be set for 1 second/1 count before snapping. ...
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Are football fields 100 yards long. Document by reconciling space between yard markers

How can football field be 100 yards long when there are presumably 32" between each 4" yard marker. It does not add up when you measure from fifty-yard line (or any other). From the 1 yard line, there ...
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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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Was this actually a missed horse collar tackle?

The game between the Eagles and the Bills on November 26, 2023 had some very physical moments. One of which involved Hasson Reddick breaking free and delivering a massive tackle on Josh Allen whereby ...
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What is the purpose of these 2 pylons?

In the following image, you can see 3 pylons. One of them is the goal line pylon, which can be helpful in determining whether or not the ball broke the plane of the end zone on plays close to the ...
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Quarterback pass to self

In the wild card round of the 2017-18 NFL season, Marcus Mariota, quarterback of the Tennessee Titans, made a pass to himself for a 6-yard touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. This makes me ...
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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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Does anyone know the name of the player who wore a customized face mask which looked like it was beaded?

What is the name of a defensive player in the NFL that wore a customized face mask that looked beaded? The mask is yellow or gold, and black? I thought he was on the Bengals. He was a mostly known for ...
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How did Big 10 teams know Michigan was stealing signs?

In club or high school sports, it might be easier to see someone in the stands with a camera video taping you. How did Big 10 teams know Michigan was in their stadiums recording? Do teams have ...
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Keeping Red Zone Stats

If a team enters the red zone and then gets sacked out of the red zone. On the next play they get into the redzone again. Then they score on the next play. Does this mean the team is 1-2 in the red ...
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NFL rules question (completed pass)

If I catch a pass while jumping next to my sideline and land with one foot in and then step out of bounds, in the NFL, that's not a complete pass. But what if I catch it on the one foot and then hop a ...
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What are the scoring outcomes for a blocked punt in football?

In the Michigan - Maryland game on November 18, 2023, Michigan blocked a Maryland punt. The ball bounced into the Maryland endzone before the Maryland punter kicked it out of play. The result was two ...
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Is it a touchdown if a receiver flips over the end line and lands out of bounds?

In the Bengals-Ravens game on 2023-11-16, the Ravens second touchdown was scored when a a receiver ran down field, flipped before the endzone and landed with his left foot out of bounds. Was the ...
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Are NFL season tickets valid on Panini trading cards?

I am not from the US and I got some NFL trading cards by Panini from the set "contenders football 2021". I think the season ticket on it is just fake. But because there is a seat number I am ...
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Gridiron Football Momentum

We have this scenarios: Kick off, after 45y, grounds near end zone, the kicking team dives on it and what if the kicking team player has the momentum that carries him into endzone is touchdown or ...
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Rushing yards vs passing yards vs receiving yards?

I'm trying to understand football and some of its basic stats, and I'm not clear on the difference between these three. Rushing yards: A statistic in football that records the total number of ...
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What is a "modified red zone offense"?

What is a modified red zone offense? I know what the red zone is, but the announcer said "modified red zone".
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When can you get up again after falling on the ground?

I had always thought that when the ball carrier was on the ground, they were down and the play was over. Recently I have seen a fair number of plays such as interceptions or fumble recoveries where ...
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Why is there sometimes a penalty when a punted ball goes out of bounds?

Sometimes when the kicker punts the ball and it goes out of bounds, there is a penalty because ball went out of bounds and other times there is no penalty when that happens. Can someone please explain ...
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When was the last time a quaterback from University of Miami (FL) threw a touchdown pass?

As of 22nd October 2023, when was the last time a quarterback from the University of Miami (FL) threw a touchdown pass in the NFL?

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