The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys are currently playing (preseason) Sunday Night Football at AT&T Stadium, and NBC introduced a new feature for their broadcasts.
It’s called the “Green Zone,” and it’s used on third downs to show viewers how far a team has to go to get a first down.
Wait, isn’t that what the yellow line is already for? Yes, but this shows the space — highlighted in green, so, greener grass — an offense needs to cover in order to get a first down. Or… to reach the yellow line.
See the vaunted Green Zone for yourself:
You didn’t even know that you needed a “Green Zone” to watch NFL games, did you! pic.twitter.com/1JBcNkmP7X
— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) August 27, 2018
Welcome to the green zone.
On third downs, see just how far players will have to go at any point during the play to get a first down. pic.twitter.com/cCLdkdLjls
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) August 27, 2018
Ah, it sure is green. And yep, it shows that space needed to get a first down! Hooray for technology. Reminiscent of ESPN illuminating the three-point line for NBA broadcasts.
As you’d imagine, Twitter doesn’t seem to find the Green Zone all that necessary.
Immediately hate the green zone
— Bo Brack (@BoBrack) August 27, 2018
I appreciate the effort, but please immediately remove the “Green Zone” from all future broadcasts
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) August 27, 2018
OMG @nbc just revolutionized football with “The Green Zone!” 🙄
— Meat Flickwood (@badkaratemovie) August 27, 2018
NBC just debuted the “green zone.” I don’t know, I thought the yellow line pretty much showed you all you had to know..??
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) August 27, 2018
The green zone is for all the idiots who couldn’t understand the yellow line – What Al Michaels wanted to say
— Football Observer (@Chris_Lomas_) August 27, 2018
No green zone on that third and 1? How am I supposed to know how much more yardage they need? 🤔
— Armond Atbin ✭ (@AAtbin) August 27, 2018
— Ken Parker (@kparker723) August 27, 2018
Never in my life do I ever want to have to see The Green Zone on my television screen ever again.
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 27, 2018
— ShelbySr. (@zack_shelby) August 27, 2018
“The Green Zone” Stop 🤦🏼♂️
— Dylan (@DylansRawTake) August 27, 2018
— Joe Kipp (@JuhKipp) August 27, 2018
Cowboys are one of the best green zone defenses I've seen in a long time…
— Cash Sirois (@CashSports) August 27, 2018
*Someone* likes it, at least.
I like the Green Zone. Good idea. I’m sure Twitter will react w thoughtful nuance for its debut. #snf
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) August 27, 2018