777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 678 times:
Before I start, let it be known I'm from England (rugby fan), and trying to get used to NFL, so forgive me if I'm way off the mark!
First of all, I have noticed in the regular season each team plays 16 games, 8 home and 8 road. However there are clearly more teams than there are games, so who plays who? Even within the AFC of NFC there are too many teams!
Second, have the NFL teams been watching the rugby world cup? I have recently seen a lot of use of lateral passes a la rugby, for example thet New Orleans one, so maybe they have seen the light?
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 671 times:
That brings us to 14 games total, and the last two are sort of random, usually conference games...this year it was the following two:
Eagles vs. San Francisco
Eagles @ Green Bay
The last two games are not random. Rather, they are teams in the same conference that finished in the same place as your team the previous year. In the Eagles case, Green Bay and San Francisco both finished in their divisions in 2002, as did the Eagles, so they were slated to play each other in 2003. Right now depending on what place your team finished you can figure out who they're playing next year.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 658 times:
With regards to the lateral bit...its occasionally employed in an organized fashion, most commonly on whats known as a "flea-flicker" where the QB takes the snap, hands off to one of the backs, and then steps back and the back laterals it to the QB, who usually throws a deep pass (although short and medium passes are not unheard of...the type of lateral you mention, the infamous Saints v. Jags lateral, is strictly a desperation play, and typically fails miserably, but the Saints got a little lucky and it worked...just keep lateraling until theres a clear lane to the end zone...
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