Turkey Bowl Plays: The Turkey Neck

The Turkey Neck play is a perfectly choreographed assault on the middle of the field that puts the opposing defense in a vulnerable position.

Winning a Turkey Bowl championship is all about executing plays that put the opposing defense in vulnerable positions. For example, flooding a specific zone with multiple receivers forces the opposing DBs to decide which receivers to cover. Therein lies the beauty of the Turkey Neck, a perfectly choreographed assault on the middle of the field.

To execute the play, the offense lines up in a twins right formation with a weak side receiver and an empty backfield. On the snap, the outside and slot receiver on the right run mirror crossing routes. The slot receiver crosses at 10 yards and the outside receiver at 15. The slot receiver tempos his route so that he is slightly behind the outside receiver (as pictured above). The two wideouts flood the center of the field, forcing the safety to commit to one of them. Ample spacing is crucial so that the DB cannot cover both receivers at once.

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Turkey Bowl Play: the Turkey Neck

Winning a Turkey Bowl championship is all about executing plays that put the opposing defense in vulnerable positions. For example, flooding a specific zone with multiple receivers forces the opposing DBs to decide which receivers to cover. Therein lies the beauty of the Turkey Neck, a perfectly choreographed assault on the middle of the field.

To execute the play, the offense lines up in a twins right formation with a weak side receiver and an empty backfield. On the snap, the outside and slot receiver on the right run mirror crossing routes. The slot receiver crosses at 10 yards and the outside receiver at 15. The slot receiver tempos his route so that he is slightly behind the outside receiver (as pictured above). The two wideouts flood the center of the field, forcing the safety to commit to one of them. Ample spacing is crucial so that the DB cannot cover both receivers at once.

This play is most effective when the defense is in zone coverage. If the defense is playing man-to-man and both receivers are covered, the QB can dump the ball off to the weak side receiver who is crossing the field in the opposite direction three yards downfield.


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