Even though the Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, there was plenty not to like about the Lions’ performance. Perhaps most blatant of their struggles was their inability, yet again, to run the ball in the red zone.
The Lions scored touchdowns on two of four trips to the red zone—including one rushing score from Ameer Abdullah—but when they had a chance to definitively put the game away in the fourth quarter, they came up short on three chances from inside Green Bay’s 2-yard line.
This week, the Lions’ running game won’t get any breaks, as the Cleveland Browns have one of the best run defenses in the league. So today’s Question of the Day is:
Will the Lions score a rushing touchdown against the Browns?
My answer: I think they will. And while my prediction is mostly rooted in blind faith that Jim Bob Cooter will finally fix this problem, I will throw one piece of actual, logical evidence as to why this may happen.
Yes, Detroit may have one of the worst red zone offenses right now, but, thankfully, the Browns have the worst red zone defense in the league, allowing an average of 5.83 points per red zone trip. 73.4 percent of the time, opponents are scoring touchdowns when they get inside the Browns’ 20-yard line.
The Browns have only allowed five rushing touchdowns this year, but I think they give up number six on Sunday.