red zone

noun

Definition of red zone 

: the area of a football field inside an opponent's 20-yard line

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But the red zone defense was awful -- ranking 31st. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Talking quarterbacks from Garoppolo to Mayfield -- Terry Pluto," 11 Feb. 2018 But the Bears believe in Shaheen’s pass-catching ability, particularly in the red zone. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Had to be 'U': Tight end Trey Burton's transformative position in the Bears offense," 13 July 2018 Graham is a red zone threat who can highpoint the football. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Jason Witten predicts Dez Bryant will sign with the Packers," 15 May 2018 After warmups, the Eagles opened with a brief group install period that involved some red zone trickery. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz's arm strength; Philly Special redux; quarterback golf," 14 June 2018 The red zone bar still offers soda and snacks exclusively until 5 p.m. Kids play free more often Ground Kontrol hosts free play nights on the second Thursday and last Wednesday of every month. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "4 things we learned from a tour of Ground Kontrol's major expansion," 7 June 2018 Sutton’s red zone abilities would be a nice complement with Hilton, who can sometimes struggle near the goal line. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts must find 'juice' on Day 2 of NFL Draft," 27 Apr. 2018 Lacks elite speed but has the size and contested catch-making ability to be a good red zone target. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018 The intensity turned up on both sides of the ball in red zone situations, especially when the ball was placed on the goal line. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU's defense outshines offense in Saturday's football scrimmage," 7 Apr. 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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