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Ravens red zone defense needs to get better

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens defense took a bit of a step back against the Dallas Cowboys last week allowing over 400 yards and 27 points. Despite that, the Ravens defense still ranks second in the NFL allowing 295.1 yards a game, first against the run allowing 76 yards a game, fifth in points allowed averaging 18.7 points per game and have the second ranked third down defense allowing only 34 percent of conversions.

All of those defensive stats look good for the Ravens but the unit still needs to get a lot better in one area which is its red zone defense. The Ravens opponent scoring touchdown percentage in the red zone is at 59.09 percent which ranks 22nd in the NFL. That is also the fourth worst opposing TD red zone defense in the AFC.

In the AFC, only the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers have a worse opposing TD red zone defense than the Ravens. On team like the Ravens that typically has games decided by eight points or less over the last two seasons, a below average red zone defense is the difference between a win and a loss.