The much anticipated NFL football season got underway last night in a big way last night when the defending Superbowl champion New York Giants played and comfortably defeated the Washington Redskins 16-7. The game should be enough to wet the palates of football fanatics long enough until Sunday rolls around and the NFL really gets moving. At this point, there’s so many little bits of team news going on that it would be impossible to cover them all, and almost pointless to focus in on one. Instead, let’s take a quick look at 5 new NFL rules for the 2008 season so you won’t be surprised when they come into effect.
1) Similar to the microphone/headset available on the QB helmet, the defense will now have one player on the field with a similar helmet. This will allow defensive coaches to better organize their defensive units during huddles.
2) The old "force out" rule has been abolished. No longer is it the case where it is a completion if a receiver makes a catch and was going to land in bounds but was pushed out of bounds by a defender. Now, if you don’t come down with the ball in bounds, it is not a completion.
3) Coaches can now defer the coin toss. If they win the toss they can choose to defer the decision to the opposing team.
4) Instant replay will be used to review difficult-to-call field goals.
5) Face masking is an automatic 15-yard penalization. No longer is there a 5-yard and 15-yard differentiation. If you grab facemask, it’s an automatic 15 yards.
Now, when you see an NFL game you should be caught up to date with the new regulations. If you want to see a football game live then check out our NFL tickets page.