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Questions about the National Football League (NFL), the premiere professional league for American gridiron football.

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Yes, teams agree to play in the games, presumably for a significant portion of the proceeds (though that, as with most things in the NFL, isn't made public). The reasons vary; for example, teams …
answered Sep 29 '14 by Joe
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According to the NFL Rulebook, Rule 8, Article 7 (page 53 of the 2011 Rulebook), a the enforcement in your example would be from the spot of the fumble, as it was forward of the line of scrimmage …
answered Sep 27 '14 by Joe
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Some rule notes that may help clear this up, from the NFL Rulebook 2015 edition. However, it's likely that this is a highly technical issue that is hard to give a good answer to without game film … . NFL does not consider a player touching another player to be out of bounds: ARTICLE 1. PLAYER OR OFFICIAL OUT OF BOUNDS. A player or an Official is Out of Bounds when he touches a boundary …
answered Sep 24 '15 by Joe
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Automatically reviewed plays are plays that have clear, significant impact on the game. As Coach-D noted, you can't review everything - it would take too long. As such, turnovers and scoring plays a …
answered Jan 6 '16 by Joe
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defeat of the Packers, are a fairly well known Superbowl, a less well known Conference Championship, and a game that should be fairly familiar to NFL fans older than 35 or so. Prior to The Catch, the …
answered Mar 1 '15 by Joe
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, or at least as much as feasible. Otherwise insider information could give some parties a significant edge - not that the NFL directly cares about this, but they do care about their image not being …
answered Dec 8 '14 by Joe
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You need to find a useful source of data for your statistics. Pro-football-reference.com is a good one to start with. They have a lot of different statistics available. In your case, you could look …
answered Sep 29 '14 by Joe
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NFL suspensions, when for a particular number of games, do take place even when as a free agent. For example, Laron Landry was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season for PED use; after …
answered Feb 10 '16 by Joe
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happening (as I expect it happens more often). In the NFL, all of the rules are based on "when the ball is kicked", such as in 6.1.2: All kicking team players must be inbounds and behind the ball … ). The NFL rules don't seem to support this, though; they don't have any allowance for this, suggesting it's probably handled similarly to if the ball falls off the tee. …
answered Dec 7 '15 by Joe
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give us the view we would need to correctly identify whether the ball crossed or touched the goal line. I assume the NFL folks upstairs did have this view, and that the ball did cross the goal line, or …
answered Sep 29 '14 by Joe
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Some universities certainly do have a reputation for developing NFL players. In some cases, this is simply due to quality of the program - Alabama for example is a very good program and as such … scouts. NFL team scouts only can go to limited numbers of games, and while they can undoubtedly watch many more on taped broadcasts, there's something different about going to a game; even relatively …
answered Jan 13 '15 by Joe
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... especially the basically pointless HB draws...) On a side note, I think that the injury bit is relevant, though I suspect it's only because the odds of scoring are so low already. NFL teams have injury …
answered Nov 30 '15 by Joe
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No. Once one team challenges the play, that challenge covers all reviewable aspects of the play, at least as of the most recent rules (2015). From Rule 15, Section 2, Article 3: Note 2: All revi …
answered Feb 8 '16 by Joe
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There is no explicit penalty or foul in the books for this; that would be listed in Rule 9, section 1, in the 2015 Rulebook. Rule 11, section 3, states simply that: The Try begins when the Refere …
answered Nov 23 '15 by Joe
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, though, and not all are even dead ball fouls. There's nothing in the actual NFL Rulebook that refers to converting an illegal shift into a false start. If it's true, and I have no reason to think …
answered Nov 3 '15 by Joe

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