Improving Red Zone Offense Key to Postseason Push


Paging the Ravens red-zone offense.

Paging the Ravens red-zone offense.

You are needed on the field, STAT!

With the Ravens facing a “win and you’re in” scenario for the rest of the season, now is certainly not the time to settle for field goals on every trip inside the red-zone.

The Minnesota Vikings loom, and given the Ravens’ ten days off I am hoping Jim Caldwell is blowing the dust off of that part of the playbook marked “20-yards or less.”

Now is the perfect time to heat up and who better to help iron out the struggles that are keeping this team out of the end zone than the 2-8-1 Vikings?

In the Ravens’ past two games, they have reached the red zone eight times and managed just one touchdown. Why?

“We did so many things really, really well and put ourselves in so many positions to put points on the board and put a lot on there tonight,” Joe Flacco told the media after defeating the Steelers on Thanksgiving night. “You could taste it, and we just didn’t convert a lot. I’m honestly pretty happy with how we performed. We’ve just got to get better at those little things that are going to get us over the edge.”

Ahhhh, the little things. I certainly agree Joe. A key block here or there, cutting out the false starts (another issue in itself) and protecting the football will definitely get you over the edge.

The good news is that the Ravens are moving the ball on offense after struggling for so much of the season. The offense has crossed the 50-yard line on 15 of their last 19 full drives, a welcomed sight this late in the season.

While Justin Tucker has been rock solid – much like Matt Stover back in the day – with showdowns against the Detroit Lions’ high powered offense, an always tough Patriots team and the division-leading Bengals, simply put: field goals will not cut it.

Now is the time to get hot as the cold weather is here to stay. It’s time to make a run and time to deliver that knock-out punch when you have teams on the ropes. We saw on Sunday how hairy things can get when you don’t put teams away when you have the chance.


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2 Raves on “Improving Red Zone Offense Key to Postseason Push

  1. OriAl on said:

    Stop running up the middle so often. Use some imagination. Running up the middle is getting us nowhere, in the red zone and elsewhere.

  2. Joshua on said:

    Call me crazy, but I smell a down-the-stretch run on offense that will rival last year’s. These next ten days will help get things together.

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