Somehow this team went into the Saints game 3rd in offense ppg, 2nd in defense ppg, and yet 24th in red zone offense, 28th in red zone defense. The Saints game obviously changed the ppg numbers, but the red zone figures didn't really change. Patriots in key NFL stats - Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston This means that the offensive talent is elite and piles up yards (not surprising), but once we enter the red zone we become the Cleveland Browns. On defense I'm not sure how good the D actually is, but once the opponent enters the red zone we also become the Cleveland Browns. One way to improve this is when in the red zone to stop using shotgun, and stop playing LB's and corners off the line.