First Downs Created
By Ankur Agarwal
Without the concept of first downs, American football would not be much different from soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, or any other continuous two-way sport. Ironically, despite their stark contrasts, American football and baseball are like sisters. Runs in baseball and First Downs in football are twin goals, and Ankur Agarwal describes how this wonderful insight opens up a whole new perspective on evaluating offensive performance.