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NFL division with all teams having a losing or winning record

I'm wondering if there has been any division in the modern day NFL history where all teams finished the regular season with winning or losing record. Even though this might not be so probable, it is ...
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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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How is a Quarterback's passer rating calculated in the NFL?

In the NFL, all of the stats like YPG, and average fantasy points are calculated somehow. How is a passer's rating calculated? Does it have something to do with the average yards gained per completion,...
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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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Rule for stopping / starting the clock when running out of bounds with the football in NFL & NCAA

What are the rules and are they the same in NCAA and NFL when it comes to stopping and starting the game clock when a player runs out of bounds with the football. What I have found out is that ...
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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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Why does the NFL enforce injury report rules?

The NFL is investigating why quarterback Tony Romo wasn't listed on the official injury report despite his admission that he was playing with broken ribs. In 2009, the NFL fined the Jets $125K for not ...
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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 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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What determines the spot of a field goal kick in the NFL?

Is there a limit to how close the ball gets spotted behind the line of scrimmage during a field goal attempt? I regularly watch the NFL and on the field goals the holder awaits for the ball about 8 ...
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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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Why a TD? When recovered on ½-yard line and "momentumed" into the end zone, in American football

Why was it a touchdown in the Falcons vs. Cowboys game when a blocked punt was recovered ball on "½-yard line", but the momentum carried the player over to the end zone? The player was ...
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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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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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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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Are football fields 100 yards long. Document by reconciling space between yard markers

How can football field be 100 yards long when there are presumably 32" between each 4" yard marker. It does not add up when you measure from fifty-yard line (or any other). From the 1 yard line, there ...
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What is "Strength of Victory"?

The NFL lists the following Tiebreaking Procedures to break ties within a division: Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs). Best won-lost-tied percentage in games ...
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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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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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Quarterback pass to self

In the wild card round of the 2017-18 NFL season, Marcus Mariota, quarterback of the Tennessee Titans, made a pass to himself for a 6-yard touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. This makes me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a penalty for kicking a PAT from the 2 yard line in the NFL?

This year the NFL changed the way extra points work so that 2-point-conversion attempts are snapped from the 2 yard line as they always were, but extra points are now snapped from the 15. If a team ...
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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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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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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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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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How does the rise in popularity of fantasy sports affect league ticket sales?

I've seen some guesswork on the web around the economic impact fantasy sports has had on tv viewership and general product sales. However, I can't find any hard research on what the effect on ticket ...
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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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Why do the players in this video appear to be trying not to get a touchdown?

There's a clickbaitily-titled "Smartest '1000 IQ Plays' in Sports History" video on YouTube. The second and fourth clips in the video both have American-football players apparently trying ...
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Why do most coaches save key defensive resources till the end of the game?

This question could be asked of a number of sports, but the example I'm using comes from football. Yesterday, during the wild card round, the New Orleans Saints called a time out early in the second ...
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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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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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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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What is the record for most turnovers by an NFL team that won the game?

In the 2014 NFC Championship game, the Seattle Seahawks committed 5 turnovers (4 interceptions and one fumble) and still won the game. What is the record for most turnovers by an NFL team in a ...
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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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NFL players with multiple punt return touchdowns in a game

Nyheim hines of the Indianapolis Colts returned 2 punts for touchdowns in the week 16 game of the 2019-20 season against the Carolina Panthers. How many players have returned multiple punts for ...
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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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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 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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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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What is a "football move" in the NFL?

It happens a lot: a receiver catches the ball, drops it, it is called a fumble on the field. Then there is some expert commentator giving his opinion on whether the receiver made a 'football move' ...
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Why is no second football game televised (possibly just in NY)?

Something confuses the heck out of me in regards to TV broadcasting of (American) Football. I used to live in Seattle. On Sunday, there were the early games, and the later games. One was selected ...
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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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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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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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