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Lions Red Zone Recap: Week 2

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Note: In Week 1, the Lions scored two touchdowns on two chances. Chicago was in the red zone four times and didn't score a single touchdown. The Bears kicked two field goals, turned the ball over once and got stopped on the goal line, turning the ball over on downs.

Lions - 3 scores on 3 chances (3 touchdowns)

Just like the first week of the season, the Lions were perfect in the red zone, scoring a touchdown on all three of their opportunities. Also like the first week, Jahvid Best was responsible for two of the Lions' red zone touchdowns. He punched the ball in twice on the ground against Chicago and did the same thing against Philadelphia, scoring on rushing touchdowns from 14 and two yards out.

The Lions' third red zone touchdown came on a 19-yard pass from Shaun Hill to Calvin Johnson. The touchdown was a repeat of the previous play, which was negated by an illegal formation penalty. The second time around was just as successful, as Hill threw a perfect pass to Johnson in the back of the end zone.

Eagles - 3 scores on 3 chances (3 touchdowns)

Unlike the Bears game, where the Lions were perfect when it came to keeping Chicago out of the end zone, the Eagles scored TDs on all three of their red zone opportunities. The first was a 14-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy, who had a big day. He also punched in the Eagles' third red zone touchdown, scoring from four yards out in the third quarter.

The Eagles' other red zone touchdown came on a nine-yard pass from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin. It was toward the end of the first half, a time when the Lions have struggled in both games this season.


The Lions' offense has scored a touchdown on all five of its red zone chances so far this season. Also, if you go back to last season, the Lions have scored points on nine straight appearances in the red zone, which is very impressive. Perhaps even more impressive is that this season, Jahvid Best is responsible for all but one of the Lions' red zone touchdowns.

Defensively, the Lions were awesome against the Bears. Things didn't go nearly as well last week against Philadelphia, where holding the Eagles to a field goal just once could have changed the outcome of the game. Even so, the performance in the first week of the season was very impressive and shows the potential the Lions' defense has.

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