Last year the dreaded "red zone" was a recurring problem for the Eagles offense. Pretty much all year the team would move with relative ease down the field, but as soon as they crossed the opponents' 20 yard line everything would change. The playcalling would be inconsistent, the execution would suffer, and the offense would sputter to a stop. All too often the Eagles were left settling for field goals or worse... turning the ball over.
So this season we'll keep an extra eye on how the red zone performance looks.
This week was all about the big play, so the Eagles rarely ventured into the red zone. In fact, they were there only once and Brian Westbrook scored a touchdown. The drive started on the Tampa 27, McNabb passed to Westbrook for 20 yards, then handed off the Westy who took it in from there. So for this week the Eagles red zone efficiency was 100%
They also did score from the 20 yard line on the pass to Leonard Weaver, which doesn't officially count as a red zone TD... but is a good sign anyway.
Speaking of Red Zones!!! Witty Transition!
Comcast is carrying the new NFL Red Zone channel! NFL Red Zone lets you follow all the red zone action on NFL Sunday as it happens. When a team gets inside the twenty, the network cuts to that game. Not only is this cool for any big NFL fan, it would be awesome for out of market Eagles fans that can't watch the games. You're essentially getting the best parts of every Eagles game live for only a couple bucks a month as opposed to having to shell out the several hundred bucks for the NFL ticket.
They don't ever break for commercials and the action literally never stops. They don't just limit it to red zone trips either... I was watching last weekend and they would show any game live if no team happened to be in the red zone. This is probably the best thing ever invented for an NFL fan that's looking for something to flip to when the Eagles game goes to commercials...