A term for the offensive plays that attempt to advance the ball by utilizing the forward pass. The primary individual involved in the passing game is the quarterback. The quarterback will use the passing game by taking the snap and attempting to find an open receiver downfield to deliver a forward pass to. The team will use a variety of potential receivers including wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends. A good passing game will be effective at completing passes downfield and gaining large amounts of yardage.
An effective passing game will advance the ball regularly using passes from the quarterback to his receivers. A passing game is often more of a risk than a running game because of the possibility that the defense could intercept the pass or sack the quarterback. The offensive line will attempt to protect the quarterback by creating a pocket of blocking around him to give him time to deliver an effective pass.