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- 1 score on 1 chance (1 field goal)
Considering how much of a problem it was for the Lions to consistently move the ball last week, it probably shouldn't be too surprising that they had only one red zone trip. The one trip inside the Bills' 20-yard line came at the end of the first half. The Lions finally got something going and got down inside the 20 with less than a minute to play. All they got out of the drive was a field goal, but that wasn't only because there wasn't much time. The Bills held Detroit to fourth down, meaning a 25-yard kick was going to happen regardless of what the clock said.
Bills - 2 scores on 3 chances (2 touchdowns, 1 turnover on downs)
The Bills had three red zone appearances and all involved Fred Jackson in some form. The first appearance resulted in a turnover on downs when Jackson was stuffed on fourth and one. The play was a nice stand early on by the Lions defense to get the stop. The second appearance was some redemption for Jackson, who scored from a yard out to give the Bills a 7-0 lead. The final appearance came at the beginning of the second half. Jackson caught a pass and ran past a few Lions defenders for a 16-yard touchdown for his second red-zone TD of the game.
The Lions' offense did a really poor job of moving the ball and getting into the red zone. Their final drive of the game was a yard away from being a red zone appearance, but you have to get closer to the 20 more often against a team like the Bills. For the defense, it did a good job on that first red zone appearance, getting a stop on fourth and short, but the other two trips were all Fred Jackson and there was definitely some room for improvement.