How Can You Expect To Win Games When You Don't Score In The Red Zone?

The Eagles offensive numbers this season are downright ... offensive. The Eagles currently rank in the bottom 1/6 in the country in five offensive categories -- rushing offense (105), total offense (112), scoring offense (104), passing efficiency (113) and sacks allowed (100).

Special teams haven't been all that special, either. BC ranks 103rd nationally in punt returns and 112th in kick returns.

But if there is one statistic that is the most sobering and telling of just how bad the Eagles offense is, it's this one: Red Zone Touchdown Conversions

The Eagles have scored touchdowns on just 31.82 percent of their trips to the end zone. That's good for 120 (out of 120, natch) in the nation. Dead last. Pathetic. If you don't count BC's game against I-AA Weber State, that percentage drops to 23.53 percent (4 TD in 17 attempts). 

How can the Eagles expect to win games when they can't punch it in the end zone?

Here's a look at the ACC's red zone touchdown conversion percentage through 8 weeks:

Team Rank G Attempts TD TD%
Clemson (4-3) 17 7 27 19 70.37
Florida State (6-1) 31 7 34 23 67.65
Maryland (5-2) 33 7 18 12 66.67
Georgia Tech (5-3) 37 8 32 21 65.63
Virginia Tech (6-2) 49 8 38 24 63.16
North Carolina (4-3) 59 7 26 16 61.54
Wake Forest (2-5) 61 7 18 11 61.11
Miami (5-2) 70 7 31 18 58.06
Virginia (3-4) 77 7 30 17 56.67
Duke (1-6) 92 7 23 12 52.17
N.C. State (5-2) 96 7 38 19 50.00
Boston College (2-5) 120 7 22 7 31.82

Clemson leads the conference, scoring touchdowns on 70.37 percent of their trips to the red zone. Not good news for this weekend's game. Even lowly Duke -- who probably won't win another football game this season -- is converting on a greater percentage of their trips to the red zone. 

This is a downright sobering statistic that shows just how bad the Eagles offense has been this year. Of course, none of this has to do with coaching, right? This statistic can be attributed solely to a lack of talent, no? 

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