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Receive Or Defer: Does Either Provide An Advantage?

At the start of every game, coaches have to make a decision that can dictate strategy throughout the contest. However, this specific decision is hardly noticed and rarely scrutinized by anyone. The decision to defer or receive the opening kickoff might not seem like a major decision, but it can have some interesting ramifications. Most notably it can lead to a chance to steal a possession, where the deferring team can hope to score right before the end of the first half and then get the ball at the start of the second half with another chance to score. But, what are the other advantages to receiving or deferring?

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