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NFL: Can timeout be called before first opening drive snap?

In the AFC Divisional Playoff round game between the Steelers and Broncos on Sunday January 17 2016, I noticed a hesitation longer than usual before the first snap from scrimmage on the opening drive. ...
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Does the coin have to flip in NFL rules?

In a 2016 NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals, the game went to overtime. On the overtime coin flip, the referee threw the coin in the air and it didn't flip. The ...
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What does it mean to retire as a member of an NFL team?

Tonight I saw an article on the Green Bay Packers' official website saying that longtime fan-favorite fullback John Kuhn would be retiring as a Packer. It's not clear to me what that means. John Kuhn ...
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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 are the 2 nfl teams that played each other the least and the most?

What are the 2 nfl teams that played each other the least and the most? P.S. This is between two teams that exist right now not defunct teams
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How does a player re-establish position infield?

So in the NFL if a player goes out of bounds on a play he must "re-establish position" inbounds before he can touch the ball. How or what does re-establishing position entail?
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Why are the Cowboys known as "America's team"?

Considering that there have been plenty of more successful teams both in football (NE Patriots - 6 SB wins) and in American sports in general (GS Warriors, LA Lakers, NY Yankees, etc.) in the past two ...
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Which players have played against one team three times during one regular season?

In 2018, Golden Tate played against the Cowboys as a member of the Lions in Week 7. He will play against the Cowboys as a member of the Eagles in Weeks 10 and 14. Which players have played against ...
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Is it legal to ice your own kicker?

In the NFL a Coach can call a timeout right before the kicker kicks the ball in order to affect the kicker's chance of succeeding. In many cases, the kicker will take the kick twice, once right after ...
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How are NFL division titles determined when a team has best record within division, but not in overall games?

Can a NFL team win their division games and have the best record for games within the division, however not have the best overall record, and be the division champion?
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How can NFL legally suspend players for off field actions

Inspired by the deflate gate and Ezekiel Elliott's now halted suspension, I'm wondering how the NFL can legally suspend players for off the field behaviours. Are there clauses in the contracts and CBA ...
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Is the receiving team more likely to win a overtime?

As I learned, one part of the overtime rules is: If the receiving team scores a touchdown on the first drive, said team will win. It sounds unfair to me, as it's likely that both teams could do ...
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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 ...
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What does it mean to say, “X was the Nth overall pick for this season”?

I am a recent NFL enthusiast and have just started following the games but some terminology still stumps me. I understand the draft process in general and know that every year each of the 32 teams get ...
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What is a bye week in the NFL and what are some important things to know regarding this?

I've recently become a big fan of the NFL and noticed some teams had a Bye week. What is this week for, how does it work, and what effect does it have on team strategies?
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Why could the fumble in the Browns/Jets game not be advanced?

In the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets on 12/27/2020, Baker Mayfield fumbled on the final Cleveland posession, at 1:25 remaining. The ball was fumbled during an attempted ...
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Why does the official say “prior to the pass” or “after the pass” when calling a defensive holding?

Is there a difference in enforcement if the holding penalty happened after and not before a pass? This is NFL if it makes a difference.
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Where is the ball spotted on a quarterback slide

When a quarterback slides feet first, is the ball spotted at the feet or where the ball is held in the hands, which could be 2 or 3 feet behind the feet?
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Most overtime games for a team during a season

With the Browns just finishing their third overtime game this season (in week 5), does anybody know what is the most overtime games played by a single team during a season? This page seems to have a ...
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When did incentives and salary escalators start in the NFL?

Today, you commonly hear about players in the NFL breaking some threshold to unlock incentive bonuses. I want to know when these incentives started to appear in players' contracts and how the ...
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Percentage of possible yards traveled?

How would one go about calculating their own NFL stats? For instance, I want to calculate the percentage total possible yards a team could have traveled if they had scored a TD on every drive. ...
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NFL teams with as many or more thrown interceptions than completions in a game

The Denver Broncos had only a single completion pass while they threw 2 interceptions against the New Orleans Saints in week 12 of the 2020 season. The low completion count was due to all the Broncos ...
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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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Why NFL kickers wear different shoes on each foot?

I was watching some American Football, and I noticed that the kicker Blair Walsh wore a white shoe on his right (kicking) foot, and a black shoe on his left. Is there a reason for this? Does it ...
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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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Why is an illegal shift treated as a false start at the end of a half in American football?

On 2 November 2015 near the end of the Seahawks-Cowboys game, the Cowboys were down by 1 but had possession of the ball. They had no timeouts and next to no time left on the clock. Hurrying to get a ...
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Best first 100 career starts by quarterbacks

Few weeks ago Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers played his 100th career start, and with a win, he improved to 68-32; tying Brett Favre. What are the top records for the first 100 career starts ...
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How many seasons did Steve Young play?

Steve Young, in an interview, stated that he played 18 seasons of football. However, if you look at the Wikipedia page on him, it lists 17 seasons (15 in the NFL, 2 in the USFL), not 18. How can ...
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Computing win probabilties for NFL teams

My fantasy team uses a playoff system that Bill Simmons suggested a few years ago. In order to study it, I'd like to run Monte Carlo simulations of last year's post-season. To do so, I need to be able ...
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Typical format for quarterback cadence

What is the typical format for an NFL quarterback cadence? I would imagine that they have different words for everything, but they should have the same format in calling the original play, pointing ...
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Which NFL quarterbacks traded to a new team and took them to the Super Bowl in their first season with their new team?

Much like this year’s Tom Brady situation if he were to go to the Super Bowl. It’s his first season with the Bucs, who had a losing record last year. What, if any, past quarterbacks have taken their ...
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Is it allowed for the quarterback (or someone else) to punt the ball if he can't find another play?

If the quarterback (or someone else) on fourth down gets in trouble and hasn't passed the line of scrimmage, can he change the intended play and instead punt the ball away?
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NFL #1 offense getting shut out in a half in the postseason

The Kansas City Chiefs had the #1 offense of the 2018 regular season. The New England Patriots shut out the Cheifs 14 - 0 in the first half of the AFC Championship game. The Patriots eventually beat ...
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NFL rule changes to balance defense more, but do not reduce player safety [closed]

This might get flagged as an opinion question, but I hope not. I think its interesting. Offensive numbers started to rise in the early 1980s. According to wikipedia, the 1978 season had a series of ...
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Largest comeback against Bill Belichick Patriots

What is the largest deficit overcome against the New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick era? I have searched all over the Internet and cannot find a clear answer.
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What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?

What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?
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Why is the NFL considering an 18-game season?

I'm confused as to why they might implement this next year. What are the pros of an 18-game season? What is the reasoning behind it?
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Is the field goal good?

During a field goal, if the ball hits the ground and bounces through the uprights and above the crossbar, is it still good despite hitting the ground first?
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Can a 5-yard penalty be conceded by the defence when the offence is less than 5 yard from the goal line in American football?

Scenario: Line of scrimmage is at the defensive team's 12 yard line and the defensive team concedes a 15-yard pre-snap penalty. Normally the offensive team would move up 15 yards, but what happens ...
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Immaculate Reception Legality

Was the touchdown at the end of the game between the Steelers and the Raiders in the 1972 AFC Divisional playoff game legally a touchdown by the NFL double touch rules or was the pass first touched by ...
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Numbers on American football field [duplicate]

I get American football in Brazil. I try to watch the game, but, honestly, can't understand a thing. One thing that made me curious was the numbers on the ground. For instance, there's a "1st &...
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Could a track superstar be successful in the NFL?

Could an Olympic track star, such as Usain Bolt, see success in NFL Football, as a wide receiver or cornerback? Would their speed translate to NFL success? Or does olympic-gold-medal-winning ...
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Defensive penalty

It was 3rd and 10 for the Green Bay packers when Detroit sacked Rodgers. But there was an illegal use of hands to the face-mask by the defense resulting in a 5 yard penalty and a 1st down that would ...
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Has any player in NFL history been drafted to more than one team?

Has there ever been an NFL player that was drafted by multiple teams? How did they manage to do so?
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Did any player on Eagles Super Bowl winning roster play on the 04 season Super bowl?

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 to win their first Super Bowl. The last time the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl was during the 2004 season, also against the ...
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Drafted NFL Player Never Signs, What Happens?

So in a case like that of Joey Bosa, what happens if a player gets drafted into the NFL, but never signs with the team that drafts him? How long does the team retain the rights to him?
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Which losing team has had the most possession time?

In the NFL, which team has had the greatest time in possession but still lost the match?
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NFL strength of schedule in deciding playoffs and draft picks

Why is a lower strength of schedule percentage better than a higher one when determining a playoff spot or a draft pick? I would expect that a stronger schedule wins out over a weaker one.
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What have been the NFL scoring rules changes?

I'm looking for a list of all scoring and scoring-related rules changes in the NFL. While the NFL goes back to 1920s, I'll be satisfied with just a list of rules changes going back to 1970, when the ...
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Since the NFL changed to the 6 team playoff format, what is the best and worst record for each rank 1-6?

What is the best and worst record in each position?

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