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Lions notes: Detroit has the NFL’s worst red zone offense

The Lions offense is at its worst when it’s near the goal line.

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The Detroit Lions’ red zone struggles were back on display this past Sunday against the Cowboys. Though they did score once, thanks to a phenomenal run from rookie Kerryon Johnson, earlier in the game, the Lions were forced to settle for a field goal, pushing an early lead to four instead of eight.

Combine that with Detroit’s other three games, and you get literally the worst red zone offense in the entire NFL.

This is particularly troubling when you consider how good the Lions’ offense has been outside of the red area. According to Football Outsiders, the Lions are ninth in average yards per drive, 14th in points per drive, and they only go three-and-out 14 percent of the time, which is good for third best.

Also interesting of note, the other three teams with poor red zone offenses are the three teams that have defeated Detroit thus far. It should come as no surprise that the Lions’ red zone defense (by touchdown percentage) is third-best in the league—allowing a touchdown just 35.7 percent of the time.

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