The NFL’s decision to focus only on “obvious” fouls clearly did not extend to neutral zone violations.
The neutral zone is basically defined as the length of the football. Defenders cannot align their hands between the front and back of the ball.
Well, they can; the question is whether they will get caught when they do.
In Pittsburgh’s first week of winning the Giants game, several times, line back TJ Watt was dangerously lined up near the danger zone and could be tapped even if it was not in the middle zone. At the critical juncture of Sunday’s game between the Jaguars and the Titans, in the two games, Tennessee defensive end Jadwayne Colony was clearly in the neutral zone.
The preliminary trial took place in third and ninth place, and the competition was tied at 30. Cloney urged Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew to commit a foul, preventing him from playing.
Then, after Tennessee took a 33-30 lead, and the Jaguars tried to force overtime (or theoretically win the game with a touchdown), Clowney was placed further in the game with Jacksonville’s 45 second goal. And a ball. Although he did not affect the game, but the penalty shootout will put the game into a stalemate, giving the Jaguars a 5 yard and first shot advantage.
If you can use NFL’s excellent Gamepass feature, please check it out for yourself. The first one seems clear. The second one does not seem obvious. Moreover, if such a foul is not called, then every marginal rusher needs to take advantage of the extra few inches lined up in the neutral zone.