Green Bay Packers red zone struggles bound to catch up with team

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

 

The red zone statistic is vitally important to a team’s success on offense – a statistic that the Green Bay Packers have been bucking as of late.

This stat, which measures how many times a team gets to the red zone and how many times they score a touchdown in the red zone, is probably an underrated statistic, in that it doesn’t get as much attention as other statistics.

The “red zone theory” has long been taught in “football philosophy.” It says that a team consistently settling for field goals instead of touchdowns while in the red zone, is a team that will have trouble achieving success in the win/loss column.

The Packers had decent success in the red zone in their first three games, going 4/4 in the red zone against the 49ers, 3/6 against the Redskins, and 2/4 against the Bengals. In the past two games the Packers have gone 0/6 in the red zone, going 0/2 against the Lions and 0/4 against the Ravens.

Despite the lack of success in the red zone in the past two games, the Packers have managed to achieve two of the team’s three wins during this red zone drought. As the Packers continue to defy the “red zone theory,” a few questions need to be asked: Will the Packers turn around these “red zone woes,” will they continue to defy the “red zone theory,” or will these “red zone woes” eventually turn into tallies in the loss column?

On Sunday at 3:25 CDT, the Packers host a Cleveland Browns team that hasn’t held an offense to a field goal or no score in the red zone, in two weeks. Can the Packers turn these “red zone woes” into “red zone woah’s?”

Tune in Sunday to find out.

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Topics: Green Bay Packers, Red Zone

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  • Peter Maiz

    It’s surprising that the Packers are going through the red zone woes. Some years past, Rodgers and his excellent receiving stable were known for their red zone success rate, in fact their rapidity to score in the red zone, kept them scoring. So now, with wide receivers injured, it may even be less likely that Green Bay can substantially improve, even with Rodgers at the helm.

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