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By John DeShazier - Senior Writer | New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints have had games where the red zone efficiency has been adequate, if not above.

Three of four against New England and Indianapolis; three for five against the Bears; and two of two against Minnesota. But for the most part, entering Sunday's game against Detroit (8-3) in the Caesars Superdome, the Saints (5-6) have had more than enough struggle to smother the prosperity.

Overall, New Orleans is 17 of 40 in the red zone this season, including five touchdown-less trips in as many attempts in Sunday's 24-15 road loss to Atlanta. The Saints' red zone percentage, 42.5, is fourth-worst in the NFL.

Saints Coach Dennis Allen said affixing blame to a single player wouldn't be a correct assessment. New Orleans is on a six-game stretch during which the offense has averaged 395.5 yards per game, but has gone 10 of 24 (42%) in the red zone during that same period.

"It's a team game and there's a lot of factors involved in it," Allen said. "There's different factors, whether it be protection or routes or concepts or execution. That's an area that we've not been as good as we need to be, and that's an area that we're going to spend a little bit more time working on. ...

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