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Ravens' Red Zone Production Unacceptable

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Mike Preston wrote an interesting story for The Sporting News, detailing the ineffectiveness of the Baltimore Ravens Red Zone scoring rate. While the Ravens have scored on almost 90% of their trips into their opponent's Red Zone, most of  their scoring has been via the field goal. Of their 15 trips inside the 20-yard line, they only have five touchdowns to show for their efforts.

Despite being one of the top teams in point differential, many of their scores have come on either long offensive plays or great defensive plays, as showcased in their 34-17 victory over the New York Jets, when the Ravens had 21 of their 34 points come via defensive TD returns.

According to Preston's story, the Ravens rank 27th in the NFL in Red Zone efficiency, which measures that amount of TDs scored in the opponents Red Zone. They are tied with three other teams, including the St. Louis Rams, who are 0-4. For a 3-1 team that is considered one of the top teams in the league and a Super Bowl contender, that ineffectiveness needs to change and the brunt of that responsibility will have to be on the broad shoulders of QB Joe Flacco.