A follow on to the red zone statistics. As I said, the league leader last year in red zone % was the Green Bay Packers, at 68.25%.
This year there are eight teams who are currently doing better than that %. Here they are in order:
1. Miami 87.50%
2. Cincinnati 85.71%
3. Houston 77.78%
4. San Diego 72.73%
5. Denver 72.73%
6. Chicago 72.73%
7. Carolina 71.43%
8. Indianapolis 70.00%
Taken as a whole, this group is 17-7, with only two teams having losing records (Carolina and San Diego).
Walrus, your tennis analogy is a very good one. Whether or not we are being outplayed really depends on what our goal is in the first place. Even though we can assume each team has the same ultimate goal (winning), they may not agree on how to achieve the goal most consistently and most certainly. I wonder if Philbin's philosophy may be to stress a constant improvement of our position to win over an exclusive quest for more points? The slight difference in goal may allow his philosophy to disrupt the other.
Hehe, now I'm starting to sound nutty. I need to go to bed.
Of the seven touchdowns the Dolphins have scored in the red zone, four have been by running backs. Of the three touchdown passes, two were from 18 yards out -- just barely in the red zone, in other words -- to Wallace and Hartline. The last was the fade route to the big tight end in Sims -- a traditional type of red zone guy if there ever was one.Also, how in the world are the Dolphins doing that without the famed "red zone target"? Don't you need one of those to do that well?