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Pro Bowl’s two new rules, explained: What NFL is changing for 2020 game
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The NFL is going Dua Lipa on the 2020 Pro Bowl: The league is experimenting with two new guidelines for the game (we counted) for Sunday’s all-star game in Orlando (three p.m. ET, ESPN).

One entails an alternative choice to onside kicks. The different entails receivers and penalties.

Why is the NFL doing this? With the free nature of the game, targeted extra on offense than protection, it is a good testing floor. Here’s breaking down what every rule actually means:

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1) “Options after a successful field goal or try attempt with no kickoff”

When Team A scores, it has the next two choices, per NFL Operations:

  • Team A could elect to provide Team B the ball at Team B’s 25-yard line, starting a new sequence of downs with a first-and-10.
  • Team A could elect to take the ball at its personal 25-yard line for a fourth-and-15 play.

There are not any kickoffs within the Pro Bowl after a staff scores both a area aim or a landing. Instead, a staff can merely give the ball up for a pseudo-touchback, with the opponent taking up the following possession at its personal 25.

This rule does, nonetheless, give the scoring staff a possibility, in idea, to by no means quit the ball outdoors of the opening possession of both half. Given the diploma of problem of changing on fourth-and-15 — and the most important danger of giving the opponent the ball outdoors the crimson zone if there is a failed conversion — it is unlikely the scoring staff would take the second choice typically.

For the staff that also may trailing late after s rating, changing fourth-and-long is basically the equal of making an attempt to recuperate an onside kickoff, albeit with a (seemingly) larger success fee.

With the explosive nature of each offenses within the Pro Bowl, do not be stunned to see one staff get aggressive with confidence it could possibly convert at that down and distance — with a very good play designed for it. That could be like making an attempt a shock onside kick, solely with the opponent figuring out a staff is going for it.

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2) “Not a false start on a flinch by flexed receiver”

When an eligible receiver strikes earlier than the snap, it is not a false begin if …

  • A flexed, eligible receiver in a two-point stance who flinches or picks up one foot, so long as his different foot stays partially on the bottom and he resets for one second previous to the snap. A receiver who suits this exception is not thought-about to be “in motion” for the needs of the Illegal Shift guidelines.
  • All 11 offensive gamers have been set for no less than one full second and any flexed, eligible receiver breaks his stance by selecting up each ft.

This rule change is much less fascinating and could have minimal influence on the game. Based on regular-season numbers, a large receiver or tight finish was flagged for a false begin a mixed 139 occasions in 16 video games, a 5 % fee. Call this the one-foot down exception to the conventional false begin definition of a participant shifting ahead or simulating the beginning of a play when set, all of a sudden, rapidly or abruptly.

Unlike the fourth-and-15 changing the onsides kickoff, nonetheless, this rule is logical and adequately subtle to be carried out as a everlasting change for common NFL video games.

The greatest motive to observe the Pro Bowl is seeing extremely expert all-stars from one of the best groups having enjoyable taking part in a game that does not rely. These new guidelines are two extra causes to pay nearer consideration to the motion.

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