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Quick calls: Week 1

NFL-KickoffDid you see a call in the kickoff weekend that needs our attention? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras. We have the week 1 assignments and the crew lists available for your review.


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Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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9 thoughts on “Quick calls: Week 1

  1. A couple rare calls in the Panthers-Seahawks game today — in the second half, there was an unsportsmanlike conduct foul on the kicking team (Panthers) for a player being forced out of bounds and not immediately returning. It looked as though he ran down the restricted area then came back in. A few minutes later, the same call on the same player (#36), but was then changed to a 5-yard foul for intentionally running out of bounds and returning. Haven’t seen those too much.

  2. Was there a blow enforcement at the end of the first half of the Bears / Bengals game? A Bengals punt appeared to go out of bounds at the 50 yard line. Looked like they enforced from the spot of the personal foul (Bears 41). Any clarification would be appreciated.

    (:49) (Punt formation) K.Huber punts 44 yards to CHI 41, Center-C.Harris, out of bounds. PENALTY on CIN-D.Kirkpatrick, Personal Foul, 15 yards, enforced at CHI 41.

  3. An airborne punt is ruled to have gone out of bounds at the point it crosses the plane of the sideline. Having not seen the play (and these calls are difficult to tell on TV anyway), it seems this might be the reason why the out of bounds spot seems off by 9 yds.

  4. Regarding the Bears Bengals game, the punt at the end of the first half clearly went out at the 50 yard lane. I know it’s difficult to tell on TV where it crosses the plane, but normally the punts end up being shorter than they look on TV, not longer. I didn’t understand why the ball was placed at the 45 and not the 35. I’m pretty sure this was the wrong spot. I would love for you to look into this because it’s driving me crazy that it hasn’t been mentioned anywhere else and my wife thinks that I’m wrong.

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