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A different way to look at the red zone

11/4/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
As you might have noticed, we NFL bloggers have been the recent beneficiaries of a cool daily statistic package from ESPN Stats & Analysis. We got one the other day that I've been staring at for most of the afternoon. (When I wasn't chatting.)

It's called the "Red Or Not" list and provides a different, and probably more valuable, way to view red zone success. Instead of measuring scoring efficiency on offense and defense, it looks at red zone possessions -- operating on the belief that most teams get something when they get to the red zone, so the important factor is how often they get there or keep their opponents away.

Subtracting defensive possessions from offensive possessions provides a plus-minus rating for each team. Last season, the 12 playoff teams ranked in the top 13 of this list. Here's an updated look at the entire league, with NFC North teams bolded. For those of you who like this sort of thing, let us know what you think.