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Friday, September 27, 2013
Belichick: Pats have to be better in red zone

By Joe McDonald

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the biggest areas in which the Patriots are in need of improvement is in the red zone.

The Patriots rank last in offensive red zone efficiency, scoring a touchdown on just over 30 percent of their possessions inside the 20.

“Offensively and defensively, we just need to perform better down there,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “We need to coach better, we need to execute better. We have to do a better job; it’s an important part of the field. Certainly, when you look at a team like Atlanta that’s been in three real tight games, you have to think that could potentially be the difference in this game, as it was in their other games. It’s a big area of emphasis for us.”

Without his top two receivers (Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola), quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t been at his best in the red zone. He threw an interception at the goal line in last week’s victory over the Buccaneers.

“It’s something we’ve been improving on and we’ve been working on that -- a lot,” rookie receiver Aaron Dobson said. “Hopefully it shows up on Sunday.”