Should Green Bay Packers Be Concerned About Red Zone Scoring Percentage?

By Michael Terrill
Should Green Bay Packers Be Concerned About Red Zone Scoring Percentage
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Scoring has not been an issue for the Green Bay Packers this season. With that being said, touchdowns have been a different story.

At times, Green Bay has struggled to get in the end zone, and instead, had to settle for field goals. Obviously, it was not a problem against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but the argument can be made that a lack of touchdowns is a big reason why the Packers lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. Should Green Bay be concerned about red zone scoring percentage regarding touchdowns?

The Packers rank third in the NFL in points per game (29.5). They also rank fourth in red zone touchdowns per game (2.2). Obviously, nothing seems out of place here. Green Bay has a very talented offense that can score at will. However, this is where it gets a bit worrisome. The team only scores touchdowns in the red zone 56.25 percent of the time, which is good for 14th in the league. That clearly means the Packers are not taking full advantage of their opportunities.

Teams such as the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles will make an offense pay for not coming away with touchdowns when within 20 yards of the end zone. With the Ravens on the schedule for Sunday and the Bears coming to town in four weeks, it is certainly something that must get cleaned up.

The good news is Aaron Rodgers and the offense does not appear to be worried. I understand there really is no reason to panic quite yet considering there have only been four games played and the Packers scored plenty of touchdowns in three of them. Nonetheless, it is an issue that needs the attention of everyone involved.

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