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If we are going to have a sponsorship deal, we might as well find a way to incorporate said sponsorship into something that is near and dear to Broncos fans - the team's performance in the Red Zone. This has been a key point of contention for a long time with Denver - take last year into account - 2nd in Yards, 16th in points.
Each week we'll take a look at the Broncos' trips into the Red Zone and how they fared. Good teams, playoffs teams, score in the Red Zone. If the Broncos want to be a playoff team, they'll need to as well.
There are two sides to the Red Zone - the offensive side, of course, and the defensive side. Few people look at how a defense performs when backed up in their own Red Zone but it is vital to the success of the team, no doubt. We'll look at both.
As we all know, it wasn't pretty in Baltimore last weekend. From a Red Zone perspective, the Broncos actually did quite well, going 1/1 on offense while holding the Ravens to 1/3. That's what I mean about stats sometimes.....
Overall in 2009, the Broncos look like this -
'09 OFFENSE TOTALS
For the season, the Broncos' Defense is one of the best in football inside its own Red Zone -
'09 DEFENSE TOTALS
As for the Steelers, they come into the game as one of the best teams in football inside the Red Zone.
Offensively, the Steelers have converted 13/23(56.5%) of their Red Zone chances. Incredibly, prior to an 0/3 showing against the Vikings two weeks ago the Steelers had converted 10-of-12 the previous 3 games.
On defense, Pittsburgh has been just as good, holding teams to just 8/17(47.1%). Like the Broncos, the Steelers get stingy when teams get inside the 20.