Steelers' offense works better in red zone
Football Outsiders examines the Steelers' red zone production.
"We know the outcome of games are defined by what happens on critical downs, in critical field position." -- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, May 21, 2007, USA Today
There's no doubt coach Mike Tomlin and his Pittsburgh Steelers are very conscious of the red zone and its importance to their success. The value of a good offense or defense inside the 20 is one of those rare topics regarding the NFL that everyone agrees on; find someone who will tell you red zone performance doesn't matter. Even Football Outsiders won't go there.While defenses that bend but don't break have been discussed and analyzed in the past, there hasn't been the same sort of look at offenses; namely, are there teams that consistently do better in the red zone than they do elsewhere on the field? And if so, does that make them more successful? Or, alternately, do teams that exceed their expectations in the red zone tend to fall back in subsequent years?
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