If you follow me on twitter, you'll know that I'm closely monitoring the Seahawks', and specifically, Russell Wilson's performance on 3rd downs this year. Over the next few days, I'll add notes on the Seahawks' loss to San Diego and their victory over the Broncos, but first, a look back at Week 1's win over the Packers.
Even though the official stat sheet will say the Seahawks went 4-of-12 or 4-of-11 on 3rd down, I am marking this game down as 5/11 on 3rd down (45%), which is a pretty solid effort. Here's why: the Seahawks had a kneeldown to end the game, which I will throw out for this analysis, and I also awarded Seattle credit for the penalty (Defensive Holding) on a 3rd and 6, which resulted in a Seattle 1st down in the 4th Quarter. Seattle was on their own 24 yard line.
Seattle ran for 1 yard on a 3rd-and-2 late in the game and down in the Green Bay red zone, but were in four-down territory -- controlling the clock was more important than a field goal. Lynch got one yard, and on the ensuing 4th down -- Russell Wilson hit Coleman for a touchdown on the flat route out of the backfield.
-- Seattle has been scoring a ton in the 2nd Quarter (35 points in three games), or 42% of their 83 points scored. You can see that reflected in this 2nd Quarter 3rd down performance. In the 3rd Quarter this year, the Seahawks have scored only 12 points (14%). Seattle needs to jumpstart 3rd down coming out of halftime.
-- Over the first three games, Seattle has converted only one third down of 7 yards or longer, they are 1/14 (7%) in those situations. Late in the 3rd Quarter against Green Bay, Russell Wilson converted this solo 3rd and long with a 10-yard completion to Percy Harvin. More on this later.
-- Seattle also completed one other 3rd down via the air, a 4-yard pass to Harvin on a 3rd and 1 in the 1st Quarter. Seattle converted a 3rd and 1 and a 3rd and 3 via running back runs -- both went for 7 yards.
In summary, against Green Bay, Seattle converted five third downs -- two via air, two via the ground, and one via flag. Not a great start, but a decent start on 3rd down in Week 1.
Weeks 2 and 3 coming up...