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Running Game Woes Slowing Offense

Olandis Gary

The Lions' inability to run the football is putting a severe crimp in their ability to cash in on their red zone opportunities. Going into their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome, the Lions have the lowest red zone point production in the NFL -- 92 points in the first 10 games of the season.

Part of the problem is that the Lions have had only 23 red zone possessions all season. Only a handful of teams -- Jacksonville, New Orleans and Tampa Bay -- have had fewer opportunities from the 20-yard line in. But the bigger part of the problem is that the Lions have a difficult time converting the opportunities into touchdowns or field goals. Their 43.5 percent conversion mark ranks 14th in...

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