Dave asked in SportsFootball (American) · 8 months ago

Why don't points count against the D/ST when 1 team kicks off, recieving team fumbles the ball, kicking team  recovers and scores a TD?

3 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    Yes. They measure points allowed on both defense and special teams. 

  • 8 months ago

    If points are actually scored, they do.  

    As in, the receiving team actually possesses the kick, then fumbles it afterward before being downed by contact.  If the kicking team recovers the fumble and runs it in for a TD, the six points count against the Special Teams numbers of the receiving/fumbling team.

    If it's a muffed kick, rather than a reception followed by a fumble, it can't be advanced if the kicking team recovers it.  So unless the muff and recovery take place in the actual end zone, no points can be scored.

    Either way, if points are scored, they count against the receiving team's Special Teams.

  • 8 months ago

    Because the special team is not the same as the defensive team. Do you think the defensive line players can play special teams. Do you think those 300+ pound guys can run down the field to block for the receiver. 

    Why should the defense lose points for something that the special team did. 

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