Bold prediction #5: The tight ends finally get some more red zone targets
Is that a lunar eclipse?
Is that Haley’s Comet?
Is that Bigfoot?
You might be more likely to see one of those things than red zone targets for the Denver Broncos’ tight ends this year, who both excel in this area tremendously.
The Denver Broncos‘ red zone offense, as previously mentioned, is about as bad as you will find in the NFL.
It’s almost as though if the Broncos can’t score on a shot play from more than 20 yards out, you can pretty much count on a trip inside the 20 resulting in three points…or worse.
Part of the reason for the Denver Broncos’ red zone woes? Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam have a combined five targets inside the 10-yard line this season. Five.
That’s ridiculous, even considering the fact that Okwuegbunam missed time due to injury.
Among those five targets, these two have four receptions and three touchdowns combined.
That kind of efficiency should come as no surprise, but it’s not a coincidence that the Denver Broncos have stunk so bad in the red zone this season and they’re not getting Fant or Okwuegbunam an appropriate amount of work inside the 10.
The Denver Broncos are coming out of the bye week with a 5-5 record and a shot at making the playoffs still. What do we need to see from this team?
It’s sad that in Week 12 of the NFL season, it’s bold to predict an increase in red zone targets for two of the team’s top red zone weapons.