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Lions' Red Zone Offense Costs Them Game Against Steelers


The Detroit Lions looked great on offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, as long as you don't count their poor performance when they were in the red zone. The Lions simply could not get the job done in the red zone, and that cost them in their 20-15 loss. They reached the red zone five times and came away with only nine points. Detroit failed to score a touchdown and settled for three field goals while turning the ball over on downs twice.
The Lions were 2 of 12 on third down (17 percent), their lowest third-down conversion percentage since a 45-10 loss to the Chiefs in 2015 (when they were also 2 of 12) and Matthew Stafford didn't complete a third-down pass until the fourth quarter. 
Despite no touchdowns, the offense did show progress, they had almost 500 total yards and looked like the explosive group they've been billed as. The problem is that the team has lost three straight games, so their margin for error is getting smaller by the week. At the end of the day, their offense might have showed a lot of life but it doesn't matter if the Lions can't score touchdowns. Their defense kept them in the game but their red zone offense failed badly.


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