This is a predicament and it begs a ton of questions about why, why, why, but first let's look at some numbers.
We are tied with the Bucs for the 3rd worst TD% in the red zone. The bottom 2 are the abysmal Jets and Jags teams.
We aren't bad at *getting* to the red zone, though. We have been there 45 times this season, which is tied with the Saints for 13th most. It's a little above average, which is 44 times.
But we are also having problems scoring TDs from outside the red zone. We have had just 2 touchdown plays of 20+ yards, both passing. That's not only the worst in the NFL, but by a significant margin. The Jets & Jags are tied for 2nd worst, and they each have had 5 touchdowns from outside the red zone. The average team has scored 9 touchdowns this year from 20+ yards out.
So we've got the worst running game in the NFL, we aren't completing deep passes for touchdowns outside the red zone, and we aren't getting into the end zone from inside the red zone either.
All this adds up to just 26 offensive TDs scored this year... that's tied with the Jets for 2nd worst, just 2 more than the awful Jags. The NFL average team this year has scored 37 offensive TDs! (Even if you remove the Broncos from the equation, who have 20 more than anyone else, the average is still 36).
The average distance of our touchdown plays this season has been just 8.54 yards, which is by far the lowest in the NFL, and the NFL average is 14.22 yards. Since 2008, only 4 teams have had a lower average in this category, the 2012 & 2011 Jets, the 2009 Redskins, and the 2008 Browns.
Let's talk about what's going on, and why we can't get into the end zone.
Edited by callahan09, 18 December 2013 - 10:05 AM.