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 would prevent the NFL from expanding to a 19 game season?

There has long been team discomfort in Thursday night and international games because teams have a reduced rest period. A 2 bye-weeks schedule was attempted in 1993, but was dropped, it seemed in ...
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Airborne receiver heading out of bounds

If an airborne receiver heading out of bounds reaches out and breaks the plane of the end zone with the ball, moments after the ball was held outside the field of play (over the sideline), shouldn't ...
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What NFL teams have been shutout in consecutive games?

Miami Dolphins were almost shutout for the 2nd consecutive game. A TD as time expired last week vs. Jets are only points Miami has in last 2 games. Has a team ever been shutout in consecutive games?
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How skillful are major polls at predicting the winner of sports, particularly college football?

And how does this skill vary during the season? For decades we've heard the presentation that polls are biased, especially in preseason, and lazily voted on. Does empirical data generally bear this ...
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Can an eligible receiver play at an ineligible position?

I was reading through an older question here and I was wondering if a player whose number lies in the eligible receiver range can line up as an interior offensive lineman? Also, if they can line up ...
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Rushing Yard and Yard Run

To a layman like me, they both sound like similar concepts (though, of course, they're not!): The aggregate number of yards a QB had run with the ball in his hands before either passing off the ball ...
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Why didn't Oklahoma attempt an extra point after their fumble recovery touchdown at the end of regulation time in 12/7/13 NCAA game vs OK ST?

Why didn't Oklahoma attempt an extra point after their fumble recovery touchdown on the last play of regulation time in its 12/7/13 NCAA game vs Oklahoma State? Is there a NCAA rule answering this ...
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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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Is there a good measure available for how badly an NFL team has been hit by injuries?

By this point in the season all NFL teams have injury problems, but some are worse than others. Are there any available measures of the extent of each team's issues? Perhaps the total cap charge for ...
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In Fantasy Sports, is it proven that first pick tends to win the league most often?

Since most leagues use the "snake style" draft, there are positives and negatives to picking first, or last. First pick gets the First overall pick in the draft, but then has to wait until the last ...
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What rules govern touchdowns/touchbacks if there is a fumble involved?

I have a question specifically about a passage of the official NFL 2018 rulebook (https://operations.nfl.com/media/3277/2018-nfl-rulebook_final-version.pdf). Please take a look at Rule 3 - Section 2 -...
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Scoring by offense on a blocked extra point

In American football, if an extra point kick is blocked can the offense pick it up and advance it or recover it in the end zone? Would they score 1 point or two? Does it matter where the ball lands ...
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NFL betting odds during game?

I have a couple basic questions about NFL betting. 1) Are betting odds set in stone before the game begins, or do they evolve with the progression of the game? 2) What are "closing odds?" Are ...
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What criteria determines which team makes the national college football championship playoffs?

With the inaugural year of the college playoffs, what criteria/criterion determines who makes the national championship playoff? Also, does it make a difference if you win your conference, etc. I ...
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How is a penalty enforced on an extra point to end the half?

This happened recently in a high school game I was watching and it appeared that the referees did not know exactly how to enforce it. While this happened in a high school game, I am curious about the ...
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Finding the odds of games in the past [closed]

I'm interested in finding the odds (aka spread or latest line) of NFL games that were played in the past, as far back as the 1960's. In general, the odds that were printed in newspapers. Where can I ...
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What is the “main” position of players that are on field at NFL kickoff?

As far as I know, players on the special teams (except the kicker, punter and long snapper) are offensive or defensive (backup) players, due to the limited number of players on the active roster. What ...
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Fair catch after football hits ground.

A kicked ball hits the ground before a fair-catch signal is made. After the ball hits the ground the return man signals for teammates to stay away (hands waving below waist), is it legal for him to ...
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Why would Belichick spilt Gronk out wide against the Seahawks?

Bill Barnwell writes about the 2014-15 Super Bowl, Gronkowski spent a surprising amount of time matched up early split out as the world’s biggest decoy against Richard Sherman, but as the game ...
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Activating a player from Injured Reserve/Designated To Return

The NFL allows one player per team per year to be placed on the IR and be marked as designated to return. What does the return process look like? How long must they be on IR, and how soon must they ...
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NFL Draft Picks compared to the Success of Career

I have a couple of questions about the correlation between when a player is drafted and how well his career pans out. 1) How strong is the correlation between which round a prospective NFL player is ...
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Can football players play multiple positions?

Can American football players play multiple positions? I know that in the one-platoon system, the players played both offence and defence. But in modern football can they play other positions than ...
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How to read an NFL “state of game” format

This is the current "state" of an NFL game. What does it mean? 3rd and 24 on SF 20 yd where SF is San Francisco
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When does a penalty result in an automatic first down in NFL?

I believe there are penalties that once accepted automatically yield a first down. And there are others that don't always result in a first down, put depending on the location of the foul (regarding ...
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Sabermetrics Applied to American Football, Specifically the NFL

Sabermetrics and advanced stats have become a big part of baseball in the recent years. Defensive shifts are growing rapidly. "Old School" stats are becoming less relevant compare to "New School" ...
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Can a team sign an NFL player during the playoffs?

I was watching the Seahawks playoff game on 5 January 2019 and the kicker got injured. For instance, if the Seahawks won that game, could they sign a new player to replace the injured kicker or is the ...
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Better to fall down after interception in end zone?

As I understand it, if a team intercepts the football in the end zone and is then tackled or falls, it is a touchback and the ball is moved to the 25. However, if the player who makes the ...
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In American football, where do the officials mark the tackle?

I watch both NFL and CFL, so I might be confusing what each league does, but here is what I think I have noticed: sometimes a player gets the ball after the snap, they are blocked, and they are ...
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Why is Matt Ryan nicknamed “Matty Ice”?

Where did Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan get his nickname?
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Why can a defensive lineman wear a number in the 60s?

Leonard Williams, a defensive end, wears number 62 for the Jets. Why can a defensive lineman wear a number in the 60s? My understanding was that 62 was for an offensive guard.
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why are quarterback more prone to injury?

Quarterbacks are generally considered fragile and prone to injury. Of course some of this is related to the vulnerability related to getting blindsided while they are throwing the ball. However, ...
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Why do athletes need help standing up?

Watching televised sports, especially American Football and Basketball, it seems that whenever a player falls or is knocked down, he needs help getting back up. With football, it is somewhat ...
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NFL players with at least 5 Super Bowl rings

The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl 51 (2017) to win the Lombardi Trophy. This makes Tom Brady (the quarterback of the New England Patriots) the first ...
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Can a football team assign a HB or FB as passer and QB as Running Back?

Is it legal within the NFL and NCAA rules that the main passer is assigned a halfback or fullback number on the team while the running back is assigned to the quarterback one? For example, could Tom ...
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Longest 3rd and 4th down conversions

In week 9 of 2017 season LA Rams converted a 3rd and 33 and scored a touchdown on the same play against the New York Giants. Inspired by this, I'm wondering what are the longest 3rd and 4th down ...
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What are the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history?

The New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. What are the top 5 comebacks in the NFL playoffs history?
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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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Can an ineligible receiver catch a ball thrown by a quarterback whose hand was hit while throwing?

During the Patriots-Broncos game on November 29, 2015, Brock Osweiler had his hand hit as he was passing the ball, causing it to pop up and end up in the direction of the linemen. Could an offensive ...
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Which non-players in the NFL are the highest paid apart from the GM and head coach?

One of the things I learned from Michael Lewis's The Blind Side is that how much various parties get paid is a good window into their perceived value by their franchises (in the case of The Blind Side ...
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What is the difference between a offside and a neutral zone infraction in the NFL?

Throughout many NFL games, there is almost always one pre-snap call, and many of those are on the offense for a small flinch. During all of the games that I have watched, I see refs calling out mostly ...
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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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After a missed field goal, where does the next drive start?

In Superbowl LII, at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, New England drove to the Philly 8 and kicked a field goal. Gostkowski missed (hit upright). The ensuing Philly drive commenced at their 20-yard ...
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NFL fields missing team logo

NFL teams usually have their team logo painted in the middle of their home field, spanning 5 yards to the left and to the right of the 50 yard line. I've noticed that some stadiums are missing the ...
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What is the meaning of these American football trash talk expressions?

This video humorously lists possible trash-talking in the NFL. What is the joke of the following "insults"? #5 Your receivers can't run a clean route on a Hail Mary. What is a clean route and why ...
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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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Why doesn't a neutral zone infraction stop play?

Why is it that a false start by the offense stops play but neutral zone infraction by defense does not? I understand why holding penalties don't stop play because the play is ongoing and they don't ...
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What's the difference between “questionable” vs “doubtful” injury designations in the NFL?

In the NFL, what is the difference between each of the designations for questionable vs doubtful? Which one is more severe?
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Why are CFB polls so week-to-week compared to NFL's power ranking style?

Disclaimer** I tried to make this question as unbiased and as unopinionated as possible. I notice a discrepancy in how teams are ranked in college football polls vs how they are ranked in NFL power ...
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Why will there only be a 4 team playoff next year in College Football?

Why did they conclude that it should only be 4 instead of 8/16?
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How does a typical spread offense contrast from a typical pro-style offense?

In the NFL, several teams such as the Carolina Panthers (with Cam Newton), the San Francisco 49ers (with Colin Kaepernick), the Seattle Seahawks (with Russell Wilson), and the Washington Redskins (...