Taking what the other guy gives you

Georgia picked a good week to emphasize red zone conversions.

As Auburn enters the second half of its 2022 slate, it does so with a defense that has struggled in the red zone. The Tigers are 12th in the SEC and 96th nationally in red-zone defense, as opponents have scored on 87.5 percent of their trips inside Auburn’s 20-yard line. Auburn’s defense has also given up touchdowns on two-thirds of its opponents’ 24 red-zone trips this season after Georgia was exceptionally efficient in that area during its 42-10 win Saturday in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on each of their five red-zone trips against the Tigers, with touchdown runs of 1, 1, 2, 7 and 15 yards in their latest win in The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

More specifically, red zone conversions via rushing.

Of the 16 red-zone touchdowns Auburn has surrendered this season, 14 of them have been on the ground.

So… Vandy’s coming to town.  What can we expect from Monken?  Welp, Auburn’s defensive red zone TD percentage is 66.67%; Vanderbilt’s is 63.64%.  That’s certainly promising.  But scores may come a different way.  Vanderbilt’s defensive passer rating is 123rd nationally.  They’re also 111th in giving up passing plays of 10+ yards.

Seems like a good week for Stetson Bennett to work out some kinks in the passing game.



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14 responses to “Taking what the other guy gives you

  1. whb209

    I don’t think Monken will pull it all out, pull out just enough to win the turkey

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  2. akascuba

    I hope Bennett has a highly successful day dropping bombs on Vandy. One week after establishing their running game it’s the perfect compliment for FU misery on a winning trip to Jacksonville.

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  3. originaluglydawg

    One encouraging thing…Georgia has shown a propensity to overcome what would have formerly been drive killing penalties. For example..after Edwards TD catch and run was called back for holding.
    Seems we can expect to overcome a second and long or a third and long so we don’t have to settle for FGs every time.
    Of course, the very first Dawg drive was killed by OW’s penalty and then we missed that FG.
    But it seems we overcome more often than not, nowadays.

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    • Russ

      Need to clean that up before we get to better competition. Those will bite us if we’re not careful.

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    • Skeptic Dawg

      According to Brooks Austin, the opposite is true. The Dawgs are unable to get out of their own way in red zone, as the “stack problems” in this area of the field. He goes on to illustrate via film missed read by the QB, poorly executed blocks by the Oline, penalties, and poorly run routes by WR/TE. As a result, the Dawgs led the nation in red zone FGs heading into the Auburn game. I am not sure why we have seen such a sloppy offense this year, but they certainly look rusty and inefficient. Is there a coaching issue with Monken, Searels and Bobo? Too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever the issue is, I hope it is corrected ASAP.


  4. munsoning

    Dawgs keep RTDB like they did vs. Aubie, RZ troubles will disappear. Duh.

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  5. Illini84

    Go Dawgs!”

    That’s what 4-star RB Roderick Robinson was saying after he left Athens this weekend. W

    Georgia took advantage of Robinson’s first-ever trip to check out UGA and some priority recruiting of late to steam past Texas A&M and flip Robinson’s commitment from UCLA.

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