A closer look at red zone issues

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p> <table border="0" align="right"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="280" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" bgcolor="#005b00"><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#ffffff"><strong>Titans Offense vs Ravens Defense Inside the Red Zone, 2008 Regular Season (NFL Ranks)</strong> </font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Titans offense</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Ravens defense</strong></font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">TD pct</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">62.2 (3rd)</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">35.9 (2nd)</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Score pct</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">93.3 (3rd)</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">76.9 (5th)</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Pts per possession</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">5.3 (3rd)</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3.7 (2nd)</font></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </p> <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Red zone production and defense is a crucial element to any NFL game. But there are some particularly intriguing numbers connected to the Ravens-Titans matchup.</p> <p>According to the Elias Sport Bureau, one of the key matchups in this game will be how the Titans' efficient red zone offense performs against the Ravens' stingy red zone defense.</p> <p>Tennessee scored a touchdown on over 60 percent of its red zone possessions, averaging over five points per possession inside the 20 -- both near the top of the league.</p> <p>The Baltimore defense kept opponents out of the end zone on nearly two-thirds of their red zone possessions, yielding 3.7 points per red zone possession.</p> <table border="0" align="right"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="200" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="2" bgcolor="#005b00"><img src="http://assets.espn.go.com/i/headshots/nfl/players/35/734.jpg" alt="" hspace="4" width="35" height="48" align="right" /><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#ffffff"><strong>Kerry Collins in the Red Zone, 2008 Regular Season</strong> </font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Comp pct</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">59.6</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">TD-INT ratio</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">8-0</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Passer rtg</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">110.6*</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Sacks</font></strong></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">0</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#000000">* <em>2nd in NFL (min. 25 attempts)</em></font></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <p>While the Titans' strong running game definitely contributes to their red zone success, don't underestimate the impact of quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=734" target="_blank">Kerry Collins</a> as the Titans approach the end zone. My friends at ESPN Stats & Information point out that eight of Collins' 12 touchdown passes this season (and none of his interceptions) have come inside the opponents' 20-yard line, giving him a red zone passer rating of 110.6, second-highest in the NFL this season.</p>

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