Thu 17 Sep, 2020 10:09 pm
Why is it that on-sides kick must go 10 yards and then be recovered by the kicking team, it's theirs, but now without runbacks, a ball kicked to the end zone will just sit there. Why can't the kicking team jump on it?
An onside kick must cross the receiving team's restraining line, which is ten yards in the NFL. The rule is that the kicking team cannot advance the ball. The kickoff is to formally concede possession of the ball to the opposing team, so the kicking team has to allow the receiving team a chance to catch the ball.
The kicking team can jump on a ball sitting in the end zone.
Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons was a textbook lesson as to how not to deal with an onside kick by the receiving team. The receiving team could have pounced on the ball at any time after the kick, unlike the kicking team which has to wait until the ball crosses ten yards before they can touch it.
Furthermore, 6 players stood there watching the 🏈 as if it were a foreign object. A friend of mine would’ve yelled “Fixed”. I wonder how much they’re paid to throw a game that should’ve been easily won. They should all be ashamed over that fiasco,