Four Minute Offense and the Two Minute Drill

In football, the Four Minute Offense and the Two Minute Drill are both offensive series. In the first, the objective is to maintain a lead in the game by controlling the ball, taking time off the clock, and preventing the other team from scoring. In the second, the objective is to score in the last two minutes of the second or fourth quarters of a game. There is a timeout at the Two Minute Warning, which gives both teams a chance to plan their strategy for the next two minutes.

Last night’s (8/15) Monday night game (shown live on ESPN) was New York Jets (16) at Houston Texans (20).

This game was a good example of both the Four Minute Offense and the Two Minute Drill.

The commentator said the Jets would go into their Four Minute Offense. All the Jets needed to do was three things:

1. Keep the ball in bounds, to keep the clock ticking (the clock stops when the ball hits the ground or goes out of bounds);

2. Make 1st downs, to keep the ball in their possession;

3. Take time off the clock. In football time, 4:46 is an eternity of time. If you don’t think so, clock how much real time it takes to actually play that amount of football time.

The Jets did not achieve those three goals. Houston got the ball back, and went into their Two Minute Drill. This refers to the final two minutes in each half, when the team with the ball, or the team who gets the ball, tries to score in the final two minutes of the half. This does two things (three if it’s a home game):

1. It scores points;

2. It gives the scoring team momentum to carry with them into halftimeสมัครเว็บ ufabet (if they score at the end of the second quarter) or into the next game (if they score at the end of the game);

3. If they are at home, it gives the home crowd something to cheer about and keep their enthusiasm for their team high.

Sunday night I watched the replay of the Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys game (originally played Thursday 8/11). The ending was more exciting to watch than it sounded, and it sounded pretty exciting. Dallas was down 23-16 to Denver; if they had scored a touchdown and gone for the point after kick, they would have tied the game and gone into overtime. Already with the ball in a scoring drive, Dallas used their remaining two minutes wisely; they were able to convert on 4th down to keep the drive alive, and scored the touchdown. Opting to win the game outright, Dallas quarterback Stephen McGee passed the ball for the Two-Point Conversion and the go ahead score with 15 seconds left on the clock. Total time of the scoring drive: 5:29; 12 plays. Dallas won the game 24-23.

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