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NFL Notebook: Patriots don’t have many on-field problems, but the red zone is one (until kickoff)

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

When you win the opening game 33-3 over an alleged AFC playoff contender, and face the Fish Tankapooloza Dolphins in Week 2, you really have NFL first-world problems. If you can find any.

You know Bill Belichick has and will. Nobody is better at making a 33-3 film session feel like a 45-0 loss. He'll take every error and put a huge spotlight on it, and make the offenders feel like they're lucky to be on the team. Tom Brady included.

If Belichick was looking for fodder this week, he could just start and end with the Patriots' red zone offense against the Steelers. It was, in a word, putrid. The Patriots are currently tied for last in the league in the red area with a Blutarsky mark of 0.0%.

Now, to be fair, the Patriots did score from the Pittsburgh 20 on a Josh Gordon touchdown, but that doesn't count in the stats and is certainly right in Belichick's wheelhouse.

No time like the present and today's game to get that cleaned up.

"(We) really (need) to focus on the things we need to do to improve," said Josh McDaniels, who was already drinking the Belichick Kool-Aide. "The other night, we didn't run the ball as well as we needed to run the ball. We didn't play very well in the red zone. There's plenty of other things that we need to do and fix and get better at as we head into game No. 2 of the season."

How bad was it, and what might the Patriots do to fix the "issue"?