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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How is the BCS rank determined?

How are BCS ranks in NCAA football determined? Is it determined by popular vote and record? What factors affect a ranking?
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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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How many of the NFL tiebreakers have actually been used?

The NFL has a long list of tie-breaking procedures. There are seven separate lists of rules depending on possible tie situations. However, it seems incredibly unlikely that two teams would have: Tied ...
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Lateral Passes in the NFL

Why are lateral passes so rare in the NFL? I've seen quite a few situations in which it would seem advantageous. For example in a 2v1, 2v2 setting when the ball carrier is about to be tackled, why ...
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Why are some offensive formations illegal in American football?

In American football you have to have at least 7 players on the line of scrimmage. You can have more, but some of your players are then "covered" by others and are no longer eligible. What's the point ...
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False Start penalty clarification

In the Super Bowl this year Denver was called for a false start on the very first play of the game. The ref clearly stated the false start happened before the snap. Why was the play allowed to ...
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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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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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Why are NFL players introduced with their college team?

At the beginning of many prime time NFL games, the starting players say their names and the college they attended. Why are the college names announced? Many of these players have been in the league ...
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How is a DB supposed to keep an eye on the receiver's “hips”?

When coaches tell me to keep the eyes on the receiver's hips, I find that impossible. I can't see his hips because they're covered by the pads, or by the jersey, or by a long shirt in practice. How ...
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How are compensatory draft picks decided for the NFL?

The draft for the National Football League (NFL) now includes 32 compensatory draft picks awarded to teams that lost value in free agency prior to the draft. These picks are awarded at the ends of ...
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Has there been an athlete to win a College Championship in two or more different sports?

After asking one involving college sports, I want to know if there has been an athlete who was known for excelling in different sports ever won a championship in separate sports?
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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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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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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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Safety during overtime's first possesion

For last year's postseason (and this year's regular season), the NFL adopted a new sudden death format. The following approved ruling for a safety on an opening possession states: A.R. 16.19 ...
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What determines the kick receiver's location when he catches the kick?

In calculating the distance covered by a kick returner, how is his starting location determined? I believe that it should be the location of his rearmost foot at the time he catches the ball. I have ...
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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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What is the closest any team has come to playing a home Super Bowl?

It's a well known fact that no team whose home stadium is hosting the Super Bowl has ever made it to the Super Bowl. My question is, which team has come the closest? (Closest in this case means how ...
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What is the purpose for the formation rules?

I understand that seven men most be on the line of scrimmage for the offense at the snap of every play. Growing up I've heard this penalty called a multitude of times and recently I began pondering ...
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What is the red zone in rugby (or American football) and how did it get that name?

What is the red zone in rugby (or American football) and how did it get the name red zone? I couldn't see anything mentioned about this in the Wikipedia page for both games.
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Does the outcome of conference championship games affect College Football Playoff standings?

With the "regular" season of NCAA football over, are the College Football Playoff standings locked, or are the outcomes of the various conference championship games considered when determining the ...
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Why was Iowa's long snapper an eligible receiver after snapping the ball on Iowa Nov. 4, 2017 swinging gate play?

On Nov. 4, 2017 Iowa ran a trick play in their upset of Ohio State in which their long snapper hiked the ball to the punter before running down the field and catching a pass. The long snapper was ...
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Is there such a thing as an ineligible runner in football?

In American football, there is such a thing as an ineligible (pass) receiver. That is, a "lineman" (center, guard, tackle) is not allowed to catch forward passes. Are they similarly prohibited from ...
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Why do NFL (american football) right tackles make less than left tackles?

According to over the cap, the total value of the highest contract for left tackle is Tyron Smith at $97 Million a $13.2 million average per year. The highest right tackle contract is Layne Johnson, $...
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NFL Rule On Offensive lineman

Does the offensive lineman have to notify the referee in order to be an eligible receiver?
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Did the Dallas Cowboys's Jeff Heath practice kicking at all since high school?

On 22nd October 2017, the Dallas Cowboys's kicker, Dan Bailey, was injured during their game against the San Francisco 49ers. For the rest of the game, strong safety Jeff Heath handled the kicking ...
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How many championship rings does Troy Aikman have?

As I was watching Green Bay beat up on Carolina today, I saw a Papa John's Pizza ad featuring Troy Aikman. During the commercial, they show a closeup on his hand, bejeweled with his championship ...
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How much evidence has to be there to overturn an American football play?

I was just recently (5 minutes ago) watching an American football game. It was a quite important 4th down play to win the game, and the play was challenged. The cameras had absolutely ZERO view of the ...
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Injured reserve or waiver wire then injured reserve

why would a team place a player on waivers and then IR as opposed to placing him directly on IR
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Are certain bye weeks more advantageous than others in the NFL?

Based on this year's schedule it seems that an NFL team's bye can come anywhere from the 4th week of the season to the 12th. Is there either conventional wisdom or statistical study of which weeks are ...
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Differences between fullbacks, halfbacks, and running backs

In American football, there are various position designations for runners that carry the ball across the line of scrimmage: full, half and running back. Are there any differences between the three ...
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What is this piece of training equipment called?

What is this fake player cutout thing called? It appears to be mesh. It looks like it's used simply as a visual point-of-reference for certain drills. You can see it being used in this video.
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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 an I-formation back not a receiving threat?

I am reading Pat Kirwan's book, Take Your Eye Off the Ball, and he states in Chapter 4 (Ground Rules) that "a [running] back in the I formation is not considered a receiving threat." Why is this so? ...
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Is there a minimum number of players needed on the field in the NFL?

In the NFC Divisional playoff game on 2018-01-14 between Minnesota and New Orleans, Minnesota's Stephon Diggs scored a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter to take the lead and thus win the ...
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Can a player protest injured reserve status?

ESPN is stating that the Jets may put Mark Sanchez on injured reserve instead of cutting him if they decide to replace him. He has a large guaranteed contract and cutting him is a large salary cap hit....
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Collegiate walk-on becoming a statistical all-time leader

In 2012, quarterback Matt McGloin became the all-time leader in career passing touchdowns, with 45, at Penn State University(1). McGloin started his college career as a walk-on(2). In collegiate ...
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Can a forward pass be thrown after a handoff made in front of the quarterback?

The quarterback hands the ball to a receiver; the handoff is in front of the quarterback but behind the line of scrimmage, which is a legal play. Can the receiver now throw a forward pass?
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What are the pass interference rules on a quarterback throwing a pass to self?

This may be a bit unanswerable but seeing if the community can come up with any historical conversations or rules. We have a quarterback boot we put into the playbook. The wide receivers are trips ...
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Would it be possible for a kicker from a “non-traditional” background to be drafted by an NFL team?

Almost all football players are drafted out of college, rather than high school, because the extra "seasoning" in college makes them league ready, or nearly so (this is not true in baseball). But ...
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NFL the playoff race tie breakers regarding common games record

Based on the rankings explanation provided by CBS regarding the NFL playoff situation; CBS provides something regarding a common record: Seattle is ahead of Detroit based on common games record (4-...
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NFL: Why do kick coverage teams always run all the way down the field

I've noticed this frequently in the NFL. When there's a kickoff that is downed in the end zone for a touchback (or is out of the back of the endzone), the coverage team still runs all the way down the ...
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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 are the rules governing passing in american football? [closed]

Last night after having seen the Super Bowl I ended up watching Top Ten Trick Plays in NFL on youtube. Some of the tricks that are mentioned in there made it clear that I was not fully informed on 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 is a 4-2-5 defense named as such?

I was watching a Bleacher Report video. In the video breaking down the TAMU-SC opener game, the narrator said, "Thanks to the abundance of linebacking talent, [SC] are looking to move to more of a 3-...
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Why not go for a field goal attempt instead of a punt in some situations?

I have noticed that in American football the ball seems to travel farther when launched from a tee on the ground, or from the fingers of a holder on the ground, than when launched from a punt. What ...
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If a runner gets pushed back into their end zone and does not try to advance again, is it a safety?

If a runner gets forward progress out of their end zone but gets pushed back into their end zone and tackled, is he awarded with forward progress or is it a safety? Example: Team A is on their own 2 ...
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College football game - start time vs kickoff time

I'm always confused by the times for which college football games are scheduled. If a game (say, like the Oregon/Ohio State game tonight) has a start time of 6:30 PM, does that mean that the kickoff ...