RED-ZONE SUC­CESS

Tampa Bay Times - - Bucs -

One rea­son Chicago had a chance to win in the fi­nal minute last week was that it held the Fal­cons of­fense to one touch­down in three red-zone trips. Fin­ish­ing drives has been a ma­jor fo­cus for the Bucs of­fense in the off­sea­son, but it didn’t show up in the pre­sea­son.

The Bucs ranked 20th in red zone suc­cess last year, get­ting touch­downs just 51.9 per­cent of the time. Chicago ranked ninth in red zone de­fense, hold­ing op­po­nents to 52.5 per­cent suc­cess; the Bucs de­fense, by com­par­i­son, ranked 24th, al­low­ing 58 per­cent.

LOREN EL­LIOTT | Times

Fred­die Martino scores dur­ing the Bucs’ 36-10 rout of the Bears at Ray­mond James last year.

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