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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Compensation for an NFL draftee not signing?

What happens to the team when an NFL draftee doesn't sign with a team? Do they get some sort of compensation for the lost pick?
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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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With the NFL moving the extra point back, is it still possible to fake the kick and go for two?

Under older NFL rules, it was legal, even if unusual, to line up for an extra point kick but make a try for the endzone to score two points. The linked question and answer are from before a ...
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What happens if three defenders sack together?

I learned that if two players sack cooperatively, each defender gets 0.5 sacks in their statistics. Then what happens if three players make a sack together? Is it 0.333 sacks, or still 0.5 sacks?
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Where can I find data of NFL players and clubs?

I am going to take Spanish soccer league players and clubs data from a business API. The purpose is to generate a quiz app with questions as "Which player has scored more goals this season?" ...
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Is the NFL's Mechanics Manual publically available?

The National Football League (NFL) publishes their Rulebook online and updates it each year. This defines all aspects of gameplay, penalties, and numerous other topics. One topic I have been ...
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What connection is there between SpongeBob SquarePants and the NFL?

I havent played Madden for years, but I picked up last year's Madden and saw they had a Nickelodeon field with Spongebob characters. I ask this respectfully - what does Spongebob have to do with ...
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What is the best finish of a 4th place NFL team in their division

I was just wondering what the record wins (during the super bowl era) is of a 4th place team. For example, Washington commanders went 8-8-1 (.500) this year. Any team do any better to still come in ...
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Has an NFL team ever beat two divisional opponents in the playoffs?

Has an NFL team ever beat two teams from its own division in the NFL playoffs?
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Have the NFL MVP and DPOY even been on the same team?

In the NFL, has there’s ever been a year where the winners of the Most Valuable Player award and Defensive Player of the Year award were on the same team?
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Can a team run a no huddle two-point conversion straight after a touchdown?

In the Bengals-Ravens playoff game on 2023-01-15, I saw Joe Burrow excitedly motioning after a TD, as though he was seeking to immediately line up for a two point conversion to try and catch the ...
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Why did the Buffalo Bills score a touchdown without ball breaking the plane of the goal line?

On January 8 2023, the Buffalo Bills scored a touchdown on kickoff return. Nyheim Hines returned the ball, then ran very near the sideline. Shortly before reaching the end zone, he spread his arms so ...
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How much of a football game can be played to determine an official result?

What happens to an NFL game that is started and suspended? talks about handling suspended games. Is there a period of time that needs to be played to bring upon an official result? 9:02 of 60:00 of in-...
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What happens to an NFL game that is started and suspended?

On January 2, 2023, the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was stopped in the first quarter after the Bills' Damar Hamlin collapsed due to a cardiac event after a tackle. The ...
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Derrick Henry forward fumble into end zone

During Sunday's game (November 27, 2022, 2022 Week 12) between the Cincinnati and Tennessee, Derrick Henry fumbled the ball forward where it was recovered in the end zone by fellow Titan Treylon Burks ...
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NFL head coach with no previous NFL, CFL or college coaching experience?

The Indianapolis Colts just announced that Jeff Saturday will be their interim head coach. Saturday's only coaching experience is with a high school team. In the Super Bowl era (since 1967) has there ...
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Do artificial turf fields lead to more injuries than grass fields?

In the NFL, some teams play on artificial turf and others play on real grass. While injuries happen throughout the league, anecdotally speaking, it seems like more injuries, especially ACL injuries, ...
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What is the penalty for taking off your helmet in an NFL game?

During the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers game, a penalty was called on DJ Moore for taking his helmet off while on the field. However, during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams game,...
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How long do NFL head coaches survive firing a coordinator during season?

My question is inspired by the recent firing of the Indianapolis offensive coordinator Marcus Brady. The coordinators are usually picked by the head coach, so firing one is a desperate measure. Has ...
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Why is the Sport Equinox taking place more frequently?

Today, October 20th, 2022 is the 27th time in history that the "Big Four" leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) are all in action on the same day. I've read that there was a 16-year period (1985–2001)...
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What is the greatest number of field goals in an NFL game without any other scoring?

On 2022-10-06, the Colts defeated the Broncos 12-9 with all the scoring being via 7 field goals. Is this the greatest number of field goals in an NFL game without there being any other form of scoring?...
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How are NFL standings calculated mid-season

I was very surprised to see today on nfl.com/standings/ that Dolphins are ranked before the Bills in AFC East, despite: Both teams being 2-0-0 Bills having +55 Net Pts vs. Dolphins +17 They have not ...
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Longest gap between Week 1 starts

In 2022, Geno Smith was the starting QB for the Seattle Seahawks Week 1. This is his first Week 1 start since 2014. Is this the longest such gap in NFL history? I searched for players who had long ...
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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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During the draft, why are draft rights traded and not draft picks?

If I remember correctly, during the NBA draft and maybe even the NFL draft, if teams trade picks, they can't announce the trade until both teams have drafted their respective players. Only then can ...
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Can a NFL player play for two different NFL teams in the same post season?

Let's say Julio Jones got released right after the 2022 playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Would Julio Jones be able to go play for the Kansas City Chiefs one week ...
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NFL Combine Worst Performances

I am attempting to clean a data set of NFL Combine performances; because some values of the data set are physically impossible, I would like to know the best and worst performances in the combine (to ...
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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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How many times the Super Bowl teams have both lost to a common opponent during the regular season?

The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will be playing in Super Bowl 55. Both of these teams played the Green Bay packers in the regular season. The Packers Beat the Bengals in Week 5, and beat ...
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Highest point differential that has missed the playoffs(and vice versa)Nfl

What is the highest point differential that has missed the playoffs and what is the lowest point differential that has made the playoffs?
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NFL games where defense scored more points that the offense

How many games since the merger has the winning team scored more defensive touchdowns than offensive touchdowns? Extra points don't count for the defense or the offense. Also list the game where the ...
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Has there ever been a game-winning/tying drive that started with less than 13 seconds?

In the January 23, 2022 NFL Divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs trailed 36-33 in the 4th quarter when they started a drive at their own 25-yard line ...
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Did an NFL team with the outright most Pro Bowlers miss the playoff before 2021?

In the 2021 NFL season the Indianapolis Colts had the most players (7) selected to the Pro Bowl (no other team had 7 Pro Bowl players), yet they missed the playoffs. Has this ever happened?
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Is the NVP (Nickelodeon Valuable Player) a legitimate award?

Pro Football Reference recognizes Mitch Tribusky as the 2021 NVP and Dak Prescott as the 2022 NVP. Is the NVP (Nickelodeon Valuable Player) a legitimate award recognized by the NFL?
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Can a player unretire when the postseason starts who hasn’t played all season and be eligible play in the postseason

Eric Weddle unretired and is signing with the Rams for their postseason run??? I never heard or seen that in my life is it against any rules?
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What is the longest drive in the NFL with consideration for penalty yardage?

I have attempted to search for this answer before, but often end up getting answers akin to the longest distance a drive has taken between goal lines, hence the answer is something like 99 yards. ...
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Does strength of victory include teams a team has tied?

In figuring the NFL's strength of victory tie-breaker, what about teams a team has tied? In other calculations, a tie is counted as half a victory.
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Why did Joe Burrow not have a nameplate?

The photo shows #9 for the Cincinnati Bengals (Joe Burrow) playing without a nameplate on his jersey during the Bengals game against the Chiefs on 2nd January 2022. Why is this?
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All time QB with the worst December+ INT ratio

For a long time I've been a fan of Matthew Stafford. He had suffered in Detroit for years. Detroit, in their best years would appear to have their playoff hopes get dashed in December. It seems that ...
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NFL Team Lose on Purpose for Draft Pick

How does the NFL prevent a team on the last week of the season to losing on purpose ensuring a #1 draft pick for the following year?
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Why do ESPN and others still list the Eagles as having a chance to win the NFC East title?

As of Christmas Day 2021 with 2 games to go for each the Cowboys at 10-4 and the Eagles at 7-7 why do ESPN and others still show the Eagles with a chance to win the NFC east division title?
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