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 does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?

What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?
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Who is eligible to receive a hand-off in American football? [closed]

Who is eligible to receive a hand-off in American football?
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Division Tie breaker

OK, I think there is a simple answer, but my buddy and I just can't agree. If Patriots and Dolphins were both 10-6....but the Dolphins beat Pats twice...YET..the Pats had a 4-2 Divison record while ...
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While watching a football game on TV, what does “1st & 10” mean?

One thing that made me curious while watching a football game on TV was the numbers that appear on the ground. For instance, there's a "1st & 10" beside one team, but there was a "3rd & 6" a ...
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Why can't multiple fouls be accepted by the offended team?

If there are multiple fouls on the play against the same team, it's common to hear that all fouls are declined except for the one that results in the largest gain. Why can't the offended team accept ...
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Are you allowed to fake a field goal or punt?

Whenever an offense reaches the 4th down in American Football, i.e. they didn't achieve to get a new 1st down in their past 3 attempts, they're faced with basically 2 fundamentally different options. ...
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Why weren't the Eagles penalized for illegal touching on this quick kick in 1986?

In this video you can see the Eagles punting the ball away on 2nd down and 40. Randall Cunningham punts the ball into the back of one of his offensive linemen and the ball pops up in the air but ...
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Does touching the pylon make it a catch?

If a football player catches the ball as he flies out of bounds but touches the end zone pylon is it incomplete or is it a touchdown?
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Is there a service to legally stream football games? [closed]

I have a Roku TV and no cable. I understand this is on Fox, but I can't find any useful information on their website about what I need to buy or subscribe to in order to watch this live. I see how to ...
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Guard eligibility to run the ball

Can a guard take a snap from the center if the QB or RB doesn't? Is the guard an eligible running back?
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Running After Being Knocked Off Feet in the NFL

In what year(s) in the NFL was the runner allowed to get up and run after being knocked off his feet, as long as they weren't tackled and held down? From memory, it only lasted 1 or 2 years because it ...
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Are NFL teams disallowed from practising with NCAA teams?

Ignoring whether this would actually happen, is there any rule that would prohibit a NFL team or unit (OL, DL, etc.) from practising with a NCAA football team or unit? Would the NCAA consider it ...
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Can the center move the football before the snap?

In high school football, can the center in football move the ball on the ground before snapping it?
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Origin of the 3rd Down “noise”

Whilst watching an NFL game last week*, I noticed that when the visiting team's offense is on 3rd or 4th down, the stadium's speakers play some sort of noise - I'm guessing as a way of distracting / "...
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Win football game by running backwards?

If a football team is one point behind with less than two minutes remaining, wouldn't the logical move be to run the ball back into their own end zone to score a 2-point safety? Even if you are in ...
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How far off-center can the center be?

So sometimes a team can run a play with an unbalanced line. I was wondering "how unbalanced". Can the center be all the way to one side? Can the center be several yards away from his teammates? I ...
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In American Football, why are fullbacks called such if they aren't all the way back from the OLine?

Maybe this question is outdated for modern football so I can delete if needed but why is the fullback called a fullback when they aren't all the way back from the O-line? I don't have a source on me ...
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How can the defense be called for 12 men pre-snap? [duplicate]

I saw a game last night where a penalty was called on the defense for having too many men on the field before the ball was snapped. This was baffling to me. It's my understanding that it's not a ...
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When does 12-men on the defense stop play?

I'm a bit confused about the rule for 12 men on the field in American Football when it's called on the defense. It seems like sometimes this penalty stops play and the offense does not get a chance to ...
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Can a center move his head forward before and during a snap?

We had a bit of a debate about this one and looking for a source or discussion (by authority) around the practice of a center looking between his legs before the snap and then bringing his head ...
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Drafted NFL Player Never Signs, What Happens?

So in a case like that of Joey Bosa, what happens if a player gets drafted into the NFL, but never signs with the team that drafts him? How long does the team retain the rights to him?
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If the defense commits a penalty on an extra point after a turnover does the offense get to retry the point?

If the defense commits a penalty on an extra point after a turnover does the offense get to retry the point? Assume the offense is going for a two point conversion and a defender intercepts the ball. ...
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Why NFL kickers wear different shoes on each foot?

I was watching some American Football, and I noticed that the kicker Blair Walsh wore a white shoe on his right (kicking) foot, and a black shoe on his left. Is there a reason for this? Does it ...
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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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Are these two NFL rules overlapping?

I read two rules quoted on this website that seems to overlap: Rule 5, Section 1, Article 1: The game is played by two teams of 11 players each. If a snap, free kick, or fair-catch kick is made ...
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What does “swarm and stick” mean in American Football?

I found the phrase in the 2008 Swanton Bulldogs Defensive Line Manual: Relentless Pursuit of the Football. Swarm and Stick. And also at bobcatnation.com: EWU has stockpiled speed and young ...
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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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How to adjust to practicing with a junior varsity and varsity football team?

I'm a freshman in high school going into sophomore year. I played on the freshman team this year and now it's onto JV. JV and Varsity practice together, so I will be with the varsity players also. I ...
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Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge?

Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge? I would like to know if there is a sport other than American football that have a coach's challenge.
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Why can't you hurdle someone in high school football?

The high school star running back runs down the field, he gets to the 40, a man is in his way, so he takes a flying leap, clearing the defender, and resumes his sprint to the end zone. The referee's ...
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Is using a visor allowed in pop warner football?

I play pop warner football, and I want to get an iridium visor, am I allowed to wear it? I know that in some leagues tinted visors are not allowed but are what about in pop warner?
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Why is the QB passing yards count for the distance the receiver runs after completing the pass?

A recent question made me think of this peculiarity (in my eyes at least) of american football. I get the logic behind crediting a TD to both the receiver and the QB. But the QB gets credited for ...
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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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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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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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Why isn't the term “hat trick” used in American Football?

Hat trick is commonly used in association football and hockey when a player scores three goals in a match or game. Given that association football and American football have similar roots, I would ...
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How can an American football team tie with another team?

I am a football beginner, but still a fan. I've been wondering how could an American football team tie with another team. I know that there is OT (overtime), and I'm not sure if the game ends with a ...
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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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What's the etymology of the term Red Zone?

I know what the Red Zone is. My interest is the etymology of the word. I'm not sure of the first time I heard it or if they even used it when I was kid growing up in Oakland during the 70's. ...
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The Dime Package in Football

I've frequently heard of the 'Dime Package' in football. I know the nickel package but don't get with the dime is. Can someone explain the dime package and under what circumstances that it should ...
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Players at certain position are all injured, what happens?

What happens if all or the basic amount of necessary players on a NFL team are injured in the same game and cannot return to play? Do they take some other players that are able to play such necessary ...
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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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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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Why is Tom Brady's helmet different?

The form of Tom Brady's helmet seems to be different than most players, even from his own team. His helmet have a somewhat old-fashioned look. Is there a known reason for this?
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what is the most 'unlikely' final football score? [closed]

i think there is arguably, one score in particular that would be extremely unlikely but certainly possible. yes , i realize that a score of 700 to 140 is unlikely but it is also virtually impossible....
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How is an “attrition” strategy supposed to work in football?

Commenting the Alabama-Clemson game, a commentator noted that Clemson would run many "side" plays and try to wear down the Alabama defense. Apparently that didn't work, given the result. How would a ...
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What is the significance of the 20 yard line?

I can think of two instances where this comes into play. One is if the kick-off falls behind the receiving goal line, and the runner chooses to "down" the ball in the endzone rather than run it out. ...
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What is the estimated point value of deferring after winning the coin toss?

In American football, the winner of the coin toss can make a choice now (usually to receive the kick-off which starts the game), or can defer their choice to the second half (thus having the option to ...
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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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