adverb or adjective

down·​field ˈdau̇n-ˈfēld How to pronounce downfield (audio)
: in or into the part of the field toward which the offensive team is headed

Examples of downfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Bills made field goal early in the third quarter, the Bengals marched back downfield to score the first TD of the second half on a 1-yard Joe Mixon TD run. cleveland, 22 Jan. 2023 And despite the soft coverage designed to prevent a big play, Kyler Murray still had three decent options downfield. Dallas News, 5 Jan. 2022 Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans has openly talked about Hufanga’s inconsistent eye discipline and opposing teams have used play-action and other misdirection to beat him downfield. Marc Delucchi, Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2023 The Tigers really nibbled their way downfield on the last seven plays of the third quarter gaining between 4-10 yards. Michael Casagrande |, al, 27 Nov. 2022 Most important, after falling into a rut offensively the past few years, the Huskies are playing an exciting brand of football that tests defenses downfield over and over. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2022 But with opponents rarely pairing their man coverage with a blitz, Huntley’s usually found a safety denying a field-flipping run downfield. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 21 Dec. 2022 Although Raiola didn’t turn the ball over again, the Bears continued to pressure him all night, preventing him from going through his reads and using his prodigious arm talent to hit receivers downfield. The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2022 In Williams' absence, Xavier Johnson ripped off a 71-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter, finding a similar amount of space and breaking tackles downfield. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downfield was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Downfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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