Football should be an easy game to understand. Run the ball, throw the ball, kick the ball, score. One hour and 12 minutes later the team with the most points wins. Not quite. Add players performing amazing feats of athleticism, players making errors, factor in rules and regulations, injuries, timeouts, commercials, and NOW you have a football game.
Football basics include how to score. There is nothing like being at an exciting game, either because there is little defense and the game is high-scoring, or because the defense is so good and it’s low-scoring. Both make for exciting plays.
The offense is the team with the ball, trying to score. The quarterback is generally handed the ball from the center, who snaps it to him; then the quarterback hands it off to a runner, or throws it to a pass receiver. Their goal is to go down the field and score points, while avoiding losing the ball to the other team (called a turnover).
The defense is the team trying to prevent the offense from scoring. They can try to force a turnover, tackle the player with the ball (if the player is the quarterback, and he’s tackled while still holding the ball, it’s called a “sack”), or intercept a pass. If a defensive player intercepts the ball, or recovers a fumble, and is able to run back to the end zone and score, it’s called defensive scoring, or points on defense.
Article Source: By Linda Hengerer http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Linda_Hengerer/191389