First, what I am doing:
I am planning to join a small, friendly NFL pool with my roomie and her family for the upcoming season. We'll be picking winners for each of the games each week and assigning point values to the games. We have from one to four points to "wager" on each game and there are certain rules about how many points can be wagered on which teams and how often/frequently you can bet on a certain team, etc. I'm not all that clear on the details, but that's not really what I need help with.
What I need:
General information about the NFL, such as basic rules, scores, penalties, and the divisions. I do know some, but will get into that in the next section. Also, I have never really followed the NFL before, so I am completely unfamiliar with the teams, coaches, players, and standings. I really don't know if the Bears should have beaten the Colts or if the Jaguars are expected to take the season this year (as examples--basically, I have no bias nor opinions on any of the teams). So, any general information about the teams is also what I am mainly looking for. I may want to gamble and pick a long-shot victory, but I'd also like to have some idea of who I'm betting on to win.
What I know:
I live in Canada and am a pretty big CFL fan. I understand the CFL rules and that is the base from which I will be watching the NFL this year. I understand there are differences, both in number of downs, field sizes, endzones and location of the uprights, etc. I know some of the rules, like there is no one-yard cushion for each play, there's something about fair catch (which I don't
fully understand), and there is no rouge.
I am entering a competition to pick the winners, but I'm also going to be watching more NFL this year as a result of the pool, and so would like to have a better understanding of the game I'm watching. I'm basically looking for a general introduction to it that can build off of what I know from the CFL (and maybe compare/contrast a bit for greater understanding). If I have specific questions, I can ask more here.
Thanks for your help.