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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better name for “set of downs”

Is there a more eloquent term for the set of downs from one first down to another? For example, 1st down, 2nd down, 1st down 2nd down 3rd down would be 2 "sets of downs". I'm looking for a better ...
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What kind of impact does a full season suspension of a major player have on an NFL team?

Recently Jonathan Vilma was sidelined by the NFL for the entire 2012 season. Vilma is an impact player on the Saints' defense. What measurable impact does a full season suspension (or injury, like ...
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Which NFL teams have natural grass stadiums?

What percentage of NFL teams play on natural grass at their home stadium? How many are indoor versus outdoor fields? Please further breakdown the percentages for indoors and outdoors fields. When ...
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Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom

I've heard commentators and analysts refer to Seattle Seahawks' defense as the "Legion of Boom". I believe they call the secondary that name, to be exact. What is the story behind this? When and how ...
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When did the NFL start using the Wonderlic test and how is it applied to the draft process?

I recently took a Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test at a job interview. It consisted of logic, mathematics and grammar. The NFL uses this exam as a part of their draft analysis. I can understand why I ...
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Is it more common to score on a kickoff return or a punt return?

During the Super Bowl LI last night, the FOX commentators mentioned that a punt has never been returned for a touchdown during a Super Bowl. My first thought was of Desmond Howard in Super Bowl XXXI, ...
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Can a player who is out of bounds help a teammate stay in-bounds?

This question came up among my friends while we were watching the Packers triumph over the Giants this evening: Suppose a receiver is catching a pass along the sideline. He's got one foot in-bounds, ...
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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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If time expires does it still count against a down conversion rate?

Sorry for the bad title, didn't really know how to title it. If a team is 4-4 on 3rd down conversions, it is a 3rd down and time expires does that count against the conversion rate? Same for end of ...
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Are 2016 Patriots the only Super Bowl Champions who never led during the game?

The New England Patriots beat Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in overtime. During regulation they never led the game. The only time they ever led was at the end of the game. Does this make the ...
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NFL blocked punt rules

During the Giants vs Lions game on December 18th 2016 there was a punt partially blocked by the Lions. The ball was deflected after the punter kicked it by a Lions player. This resulted in the ball ...
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Why couldn't the referees cancel the timeout in the Jets game?

In this week's Jets-Packers game, the wrong person called a timeout from the sidelines (only the head coach is allowed). The referees played correctly, watching the field instead of who is calling ...
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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 is the location of the Super Bowl determined?

How is the location of the Super Bowl determined? What criteria must a prospective stadium/region meet in order to adequately host the Super Bowl? NOTE: Historically, Super Bowls that take place in "...
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What is the difference between a regular defensive tackle and a nose tackle?

In American Football I sometimes hear the defensive tackle getting called the "nose tackle". I know that it has something to do with the 4-3 3-4 schemes but can somebody give me an explanation along ...
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NFL conference top seed hosting divisional round playoff game as an underdog

The Philadelphia Eagles hosted and beat the Atalanta Falcons on NFC's Divisional playoffs round of the 2017-18 NFL season. The eagles became the first top seed team since the 70's to host a playoff ...
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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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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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American football delay of game

Scenario: Your team is up by 5. There are 5 minutes remaining in the game. It is 4th down and goal-to-go from the opponent’s 40 yard line (you’ve had a lot of penalties). Your punter can guarantee ...
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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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Does a sack count as a Tackle For Loss, and/or a Tackle?

I like to look at player statistics, and I always see the Tackle stat, the Sack stat, and sometimes the Tackle For Loss stat. Is there some overlap in the stats so that a Sack counts as a Tackle? ie) ...
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How are referees so good at spotting penalties in real time?

I'm thinking about american football in particular, but this question could be applicable to other sports. When I'm watching a game on TV I've noticed the referees are typically very good about ...
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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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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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3-4 outside linebacker vs. a 4-3 outside linebacker

It looks like a 3-4 outside linebacker is more of a standup DE with some additional duties that include playing in space. This position appears to be more of a 'point of attack' style position. A 4-3 ...
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At what point does an Incompletion become a Fumble?

I was watching an American Football game the other day (can't remember which, but it was a re-run of an older game) and there were two incidences: The ball is snapped to the QB, he performs a fake ...
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NFL teams beating the same team 3 times in a season

As of the end of week 15 of 2016 season, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants have a chance of facing off in the playoffs. The Giants have dealt the Cowboys their only 2 losses of the season so ...
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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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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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How does one play baseball and football (professionally) at the same time?

The question is pertinent because both sports are played professionally, simultaneously, in September. It came about, because the Texas Rangers "drafted" the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a ...
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How are NFL matchups determined for each season?

During the 2012 NFL Season, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play each other in weeks 11 and 13, two weeks (in both NFL schedule and time) apart. To me, that seems too close for comfort. ...
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Football equipment that can reduce risk of concussions

Concussions are becoming a major long-term health concern for participants in American football, particularly among youth and high school leagues, where equipment might not be as up to date as those ...
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Why does NFL have games on Thursdays?

Players and specially coaches don't like playing on short weeks. It doesn't give the players enough time to heal from the previous game, and it makes it tough for the coaches to come up with game ...
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Number 5 seeds hosting NFL conference championship game

Under the current format that 6 teams from each conference make it to the playoffs, how many times has a #5 seed hosted the conference championship game? In order for the #5 seed to host the game, ...
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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 meant by “ineligible receiver downfield?”

In (American) football, only the running backs and ends (but not offensive linemen) are supposed to (try to) catch passes. Because of that fact, an offensive team can be penalized if its linemen are ...
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When are (American) football teams likely to decline penalties?

In the first quarter of the Super Bowl, the Seahawks threw an incomplete pass on first down, leading to second down. Except that the offense had a "false start," for a five yard penalty. The Broncos ...
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Is a running back allowed to toss the football out of bounds to stop the clock?

This question applies to all levels of American football from pee wee football all the way up to the NFL. If a running back is past the line of scrimmage and is running towards the sideline with the ...
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Backward pass NFL

Why is a not caught Backward pass a fumble and not a incomplete pass? I know all the new rules about a complete pass and why a uncaught pass is incomplete and not a fumble. But I saw a droped backward ...
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Does NFL have substitute referees?

The line judge Sarah Thomas got hit during Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings game in week 16 of 2016 season. She was taken off the field for further evaluation. So given that she was not on the ...
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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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Legal way to perform a second forward pass?

A receiver catches a forward pass, lands deliberately just on one foot and then throws the football forward with so-called "throwing motion". According to the rules: A Pass is the movement of the ...
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What factors could have contributed to the fall of the Oakland Raiders?

The Raiders of the 70's claimed the best winning percentage of any team in all of professional sports. However, although they played in the Super Bowl in 2002, the Raiders followed that with seven ...
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Who signed my LA Raiders football? [closed]

I have a football presumably from a 1980's era LA Raiders summer camp. Signatures include: Marcus Allen, Mike Haynes, Willie Gault, James Lofton, Howie Long, Rod Martin, Bill Bickel, Jim Plunkett, and ...
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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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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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What are the black bars beneath American Footballer's eyes are used for?

I often see football players with black bars right under their eyes. I can't figure out a reason why they are necessary. What are they used for?
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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

Under the current NFL playoffs format, each conference sends 6 teams to the postseason: the 4 division champions and 2 wild card teams. So the most teams a division can have in the playoffs is 3; the ...
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What does defensive playcalling sound like for American football?

Whenever I hear audibles discussed, it's usually in the context of offense. But obviously defensive players must modify there formations with play calling schemes too. Can someone given an example ...
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What are the strategical differences of playing under centre and out of the shotgun?

During NFL games the commentators often talk about the play design. One thing that comes up a lot is the formation at the time of snap and quarterback's play readability. The quarterback could be ...