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- 1 score on 1 chance (1 touchdown)
Once again, the Lions' offense spent very little time in the red zone. That has been the offense's biggest problem in the last month or so. They do quite well in the red zone, but they only make it inside the 20 a couple times a game at most it seems like. Against Minnesota, the Lions' lone red zone trip produced a touchdown on a pass to Will Heller. At the end of the first half the Lions could have possibly had another trip inside the red zone and got to the 20, but they immediately kicked a field goal, so I'm not going to count that.
- 4 scores on 6 chances (2 touchdowns, 2 field goals, 1 fumble, 1 turnover on downs)
The defense was also not much different than it has been this season. The Vikings had a whopping 6 trips to the red zone, but the Lions only gave up a couple touchdowns. On top of that, twice Minnesota didn't even score any points. That was because of a fumble and a failure to gain a yard on fourth down. The fumble was Adrian Peterson's fault when he lateraled the ball behind Percy Harvin, but the other time the Vikings were kept off the scoreboard was when the defense made a stand on fourth down. All in all, I will take only giving up 2 touchdowns on 6 red zone opportunities every time.
It seems like I'm beating a dead horse because it's the same thing every week, but I'll say it one more time. The Lions' offense needs to get into the red zone more often, and defensively, the Lions need to keep their opponents out of the red zone. The defense's bend but don't break style works quite well when you consider that opposing teams' red zone efficiency based on touchdowns isn't all that great against the Lions, but the fact that teams are consistently getting into the red zone as many as 6 times a game is very concerning.