NFL: rules, favorites, TV broadcast – all important information about American football

Updated on 07/09/2021 at 14:32

  • The 2021 NFL season begins the night between Sept. 9 and 10, with Super Bowl winners Buccaneers playing the Cowboys.
  • Germany’s Jakob Johnson (Patriots) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (Lions) is hoping for a successful season.
  • American football may seem complicated at first, but it’s easy to understand. We reveal what the interested newcomer needs to know about the rules, condition and favorites.

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American football has been booming in Germany for years. In early February, 2.4 million people in Germany were up all night watching the Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The new season is now upon us. With the following information, you are well prepared for the season.

What are the rules of American football?

Eleven players in the attack have four attempts to cover ten yards with the egg-shaped ball, either with a pass or a run. If this succeeds, there are four more attempts. The eleven defenders will prevent that. The right to attack is changed if the ten yards are not bridged.

If the offense reaches the opponent’s end zone, it’s a touchdown. This gives six points and the possibility of extra points. There is an extra point if the attackers kick the ball through the goalposts in the subsequent game. Alternatively, the offense may try to re-enter the goal zone from a short distance. If the so-called two-point conversion is successful, the team is rewarded with two more points.

The attackers can also shoot the ball through the goal posts without prior touchdown. This would be a field goal and score three points.

How does the state of the NFL work?

The NFL is made up of 32 teams, all based in the United States. The league is divided into AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference). Both conferences consist of four divisions, each with four teams.

All teams play 17 matches in the regular season. Seven teams per conference qualify for the playoffs – namely the four division winners and the three best teams behind them. The best team in the conference skips the first round of the playoffs.

The playoffs consist of three knockout rounds before the Super Bowl names the NFL champion.

Who are the top picks for the 2021 NFL season?

Due to the upper salary limit, the so-called salary cap, the balance of power in the NFL is more balanced than in, for example, the Bundesliga. In the last four seasons, there have been four different champions in the NFL.

Last year’s finalists, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, are again hot favorites. The Green Bay Packers and the upcoming Cleveland Browns can also go far.

The New England Patriots are the most successful team in the 21st century with six Super Bowl wins, but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 after their quarterback Tom Brady’s departure.

Consequence: Successful coach Bill Belichick made a change this year. Therefore, the Patriots are hard to judge.

Who are the best football players in the world?

Because the positions vary so much, it is difficult to nominate the best football player in the world. The quarterback, ie the passer, is a special focus.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has won the Super Bowl seven times, making him the most successful NFL player of all time, and despite his 44 years, he still embodies world class.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers also have excellent throwing arms and have each won the Super Bowl once.

Which German football players are active in the NFL?

Two Germans may be on the field in Week 1 of Jakob Johnson (New England Patriots) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions).

Jakob Johnson is a so-called back player. His job is to block paths for his teammates. Sometimes he carries or catches the ball himself. Last season, Johnson was the first German offensive player to score a touchdown in the NFL.

Amon-Ra St. Brown grew up in California, but has a German mother and a German passport and also speaks fluent German. Wide receiver (pass receiver) is looking forward to his first NFL season.

His older brother, Equanimeous St. Brown, made his NFL debut in 2018 but did not reach the final list with the Green Bay Packers that year. Instead, he is part of the training group, although he can always be promoted to the active squad or signed by another team.

Aaron Donkor (Seattle Seahawks) and Max Pircher (Los Angeles Rams) also belong to their teams’ training groups. David Bada (Washington Football Team) suffered an injury in a preseason match.

Where are the NFL games broadcast?

The opening match between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys will be broadcast live on free television from 02.05 on the night between 9 and 10 September on ProSieben and streamed on “”.

As the season progresses, two matches can be watched live every Sunday on ProSieben or ProSieben MAXX, and another match can be streamed for free on “”.

The paid streaming provider DAZN broadcasts the so-called “Red Zone” every Sunday from 7 pm – a conference with all games.

There are also a total of 17 individual matches on Sunday and weekly matches on Friday (02:20), Monday (02:20) and Tuesday (02:15).

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  • NFL season 2021 live on ProSieben and ProSieben MAXX and in the free livestream on

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