red zone

noun

Definition of red zone

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

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Keep stressing the red zone, getting in the end zone. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Tom Flacco’s 3 TD passes lead Towson in 42-3 victory over North Carolina Central," 8 Sep. 2019 Wideout Devin Duvernay admitted Texas needs to perform better in the red zone, particularly when a score of any sort would’ve altered the game’s trajectory. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Missed opportunities cost Texas chance to make early-season statement," 8 Sep. 2019 Both fumbles came in the red zone, one of them turned into a touchdown by the Bearcats. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 Things to Watch: Aztecs at UCLA," 6 Sep. 2019 As for the Scorpions, senior receiver Jihad Marks was the man Desert Edge turned to in the red zone. Staff, azcentral, "Arizona high school football Week 3 roundup: Perry outlasts Red Mountain in 4OT Thriller," 6 Sep. 2019 Eiland scored the Chargers’ first touchdown of the season, as junior quarterback Ezekiel Boose found him on a 25-yard strike into the red zone, then on a 14-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "St. Joseph gets back to work in coach Adam Polak’s second season," 30 Aug. 2019 For example, Miller averaged 3.2 yards per carry after contact last season, per Pro Football Focus, and had his name called 31 times in the red zone (14th among running backs) in 2018. Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "Three high-volume running backs you can grab after Round 1 of your fantasy football draft," 21 Aug. 2019 In the red zone, Watson passing or running complicates things for defenses. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley's Texans 2019 training camp preview," 23 July 2019 The 6-foot-4 Johnson, who transferred from Penn State, is the most likely candidate, by far, to become Justin Herbert’s preferred target, particularly on third down and in the red zone. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football: Ranking the impact newcomers for 2019 (25 names you need to know)," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of red zone

1972, in the meaning defined above

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