red zone


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Chargers are 24th in red zone production, scoring touchdowns on only 51.5% of their visits. Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2022 Austin Peay made two early red zone trips but came away without points on both, including missing a 25-yard field goal. Mike Rodak |, al, 19 Nov. 2022 The Titans have won six of their last seven mostly because of red zone efficiency and a sound rushing attack. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 There are two main reasons for this recent red zone success: 1. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2022 The score relieved the frustration for the Sultans, who were stuffed by the Wolf Pack on a goal-line stand in the second quarter, and came up empty on another pair of red zone trips, missing one field goal and having another attempt blocked. Ramon Scott, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 The second red zone turnover came late in the third quarter. Ethan Winter,, 21 Oct. 2022 Part of the Saints’ scoring success is their red zone efficiency. Michael Arinze, Chicago Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 Since Week 3, Bellinger ranks 12th among the position in target share (16.3%) and sixth in red zone target share (30.0%). Brandon Gdula, ajc, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red zone was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Red zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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