Stephen Nicholas does the red zone dance. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After a brief hiatus, we return to give you red zone statistics so important they will blow your mind. Or mildly amuse you, at least.
We'll go in reverse order here for the last three weeks, starting with our most recent game against the Bucs. The Falcons took four trips to the red zone in Week 9 and scored three touchdowns a field goal in those trips, and Matt Bryant kicked another field goal that was just outside the zone at the 23. RZ Scoring Average tells us that they average 5.25 points per trip to the red zone, which is an encouraging average indeed considering that 6 is the maximum possible.
But what about the Week 7 win against the Bengals? Glad you asked, hypothetical person. They took four trips to the red zone in that game....and scored touchdowns in all four. Any offensive struggles in that game were clearly between the 20s. That gives the Falcons a perfect 6 RZ Scoring Average.
Given that the Falcons were averaging about four points and sometimes less earlier this season, I can only call this an encouraging sign. Might the Falcons be discovering their offensive identity? Do I like to ask loaded questions?