Packers hit historic low for red zone defense to start season
The Green Bay Packers have reached a new all-time low for the red zone defense.
The Packers gave the Chicago Bears two red zone touchdowns in two red zone trips on Sunday, making opponents 15-for-15 to score touchdowns inside the 20-yard line against Green Bay in the first six games. from 2021.
The success rate of the perfect opponent is historically bad. And historically rare.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers are the first team in at least 40 years not to get a red zone stoppage in the first six weeks of a season.
Counting last year’s playoffs, the Packers have allowed 19 straight touchdowns in the red zone. The last save came in the first quarter of Green Bay’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round.
On Sunday, the Bears got a 1-yard touchdown pass from rookie Khalil Herbert and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney in the red zone.
The Packers are aware of the problem, but the fixes have been elusive.
“We’re poor right now in the red zone,” defensive coordinator Joe Barry said last week. “It’s still an area of focus, but it’s something we’ve invested a lot of time and energy into. It is something that we are constantly working on, talking about and preaching about.
It’s not all bad news. The Packers allowed just two scoring drives on Sunday, and the defense ranks 13th in points allowed, 16th in scoring record percentage and sixth in yards per game in six games. The struggles in the red zone are real, but the Packers’ defense mainly manages its business on the other 80 yards of ground to be defended.
The Packers’ next team is the Washington football team. After six games, Washington is 14th in the NFL in the red zone with 62.5% (10/16). Will the red zone goal streak finally end in week 7?