Football Red Zone Scoring Percentage
What is Red Zone Scoring Percentage in Football?
Red zone scoring percentage in Football is the measure of efficiency in which a team scores the football while in the red zone. The red zone is the area from the 20 yard line to the nearest goal line. Red zone scoring percentage is calculated by dividing the total number of touchdowns in the red zone by the total number of appearances in the red zone by the team. Red zone scoring percentage does not take into account field goals, only touchdowns.
How is Red Zone Scoring Percentage Calculated?
Red Zone Scoring Percentage, also sometimes called Red Zone Efficiency, is calculated by the total number of touchdowns a team scores in the Red Zone divided by the total number of times a team is in the Red Zone. For example, if a team has been in the Red Zone three times during the game and they only scored one touchdown during those three attempts, their Red Zone Scoring Percentage is 33% (1 / 3 = .33). This statistic is often criticized as it does not consider Field Goals, a vital part of scoring in the game of Football. The Pittsburgh Steelers led the league in Red Zone Scoring Percentage in the 2018-2019 season, scoring a touchdown 73% of the time they entered the Red Zone.
Some scoring metrics account for all scores while in the red zone, including field goals. Though this is not the official metric for NFL statistics, broadcasting stations may use this variant metric for simplicity. However, the NCAA does account for all scores in their red zone scoring percentage metric, including field goals. The University of Miami (OH) led the NCAA in red zone scoring percentage in the 2018-2019 season, scoring on 98% of their drives into the red zone.