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But come on. Do you really know what's going on on the field? American Football TV anchor Nat Coombs helps turn you pro in minutes. Hut, hut!


"Each team consists of three units: the offence, who score points; defence, who stop the offence; and the special teams. This is a unit made of back-up players that don't start games but will come out at certain passages of play. For example, they'll come out, ding a kick to create a path for a runner through defence, and once the play is over, return to the sidelines."


"Teams trade possession of the ball much less so than in other sports. People may ask why players don't pass the ball like they do in rugby, but doing it in the NFL isn't worth the risk as each team will only have the ball a set number of times per game. The only time you may see it is at the end of a game, where it's all-or-bust."


"You'd be right in thinking that head coaches are the big bosses, but in nearly every case they're not the ones telling the players how to move. This is down to his coordinators on the sidelines; the head coach's marshals, if you like. They have a direct link to the captains via an earpiece in their helmets. They boss the offence and defence, and inform them of what move they should play next."


"The quarterback is the offensive captain, and he'll dictate what the next movie, or 'play', will be when all the players are huddled around him. But he'll often change the play when they're lined up based on what he's seen around him. When he's changed the play at this point, it's known as an 'audible'."


"Before a play from the line is made, the quarterback will have discussed with the passer what number 'hut' the ball will be passed through his legs to trick the defence into giving a penalty. In short, they may have agreed to pass the ball on the fourth 'hut', but if the defence is tricked into moving on the first, second or third, they'll concede a penalty for offside."


Blindside tackle: "He's one of the best-paid players, and his job is to protect the quarterback. As the quarterback is throwing side-on, the defence will often scheme to tackle him from behind as he won't see them coming. The blindside tackle will often be over 300lb and has to stop them from kicking his ass."

Quarterback: "He's the general offence, the star of the team and the best-paid player on the field. Typically, they're around 6ft 5in as they need to see all the way down the field at all times, and at the same time are deceptively tough, and have a big or accurate throwing arm."

Safety: "These are defensive players. They're really fast but incredible tough. They're usually the biggest tacklers in the team, and sit behind the trenches to act as a safety net for anyone that breaks through. They need to catch runners quickly and take them down fast and hard."

And, of course, we have the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders...

...and the "Seattle Sea Gals".

Snoop not included.