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Offensive team

The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. A play usually begins with the quarterback taking a snap from the center, and then either handing off to a back, passing to a reciever or a back, or running the ball himself.

The offensive unit in American football consists of a quarterback, linemen, backs, and recievers. The function of the linemen is to block. The line consists of a center, two guards, two tackles and one or two tight ends. Backs include halfbacks and a fullback, who usually block, run the ball, or receive a pass. The function of the wide receivers is to catch passes.

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