the red zone


American football
: the area of the field that is inside an opponent's 20-yard line

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Recent Examples on the Web Tagovailoa, who is beginning his fifth season as the Dolphins starting quarterback, carved up the Dolphins defense during the red zone work, and then in the late period three of his five throws were for major gains, if not touchdowns. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 28 May 2024 Without Humphrey, the Ravens kept Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud from reaching the red zone or scoring an offensive touchdown. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 22 Jan. 2024 And while the final drive was most consequential, there were moments of struggle too, particularly on the Panthers’ first trip to the red zone — which resulted in three uninspired runs into the line and a hurried throw that fell incomplete. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 9 Apr. 2024 With San Francisco just outside of the red zone, Shanahan must’ve known that Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would be particularly aggressive. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2024 On the first play of the drive, Dan Skipper checked in as an eligible receiver, receiving large cheers from the angry Lions fans remembering the end of the game last week, and the Lions started with a 34-yard completion to Amon-Ra St. Brown to reach the red zone. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2024 Another big play was when Patrick Mahomes found Justin Watson for a 25-yard gain to get them near the red zone. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2024 That’s the Ravens, who kept the Texans’ terrific rookie, C.J. Stroud, out of the red zone and without an offensive touchdown despite finishing with zero sacks or takeaways. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan. 2024 In that game, the offense reached the red zone one time and settled for a field goal. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024

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“The red zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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