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Old 06-08-2004   #1
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Default The Red Zone

From the Texans' camp coverage on houstontexans.com:

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What probably drives Capers a little more batty is that the Texans were actually one of the better teams in the league in the red zone -- the real estate where these last-minute battles are usually won and lost. Houston ranked fifth in the NFL in red zone scoring in 2003 with a 94.1 scoring efficiency. The Texans ranked eighth in the league in red zone scoring defense.
Somewhat surprising numbers to me, but should be taken in context with:

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Trouble is, the Texans need to get their offense there more, and keep their defense there less. Houston tied the Raiders for the fewest trips (34) inside the red zone. The NFL average was 48. The Texans' opponents cracked the red zone 52 times.
So basically the Texans on both sides of the ball played a whole lot better from the goal line to the 20 than between the 20's--although even with all the injuries, the D was still much closer to NFL average on opportunities given in the red-zone than the O was at getting opportunities. Keep the goal line to 20 performance and improve on both sides in between the 20's and you're looking at much improved results.
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