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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

October 25, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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Starting to shine: Seahawks scripting success

Seahawks slow after going off script
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times

Ever encounter trouble only to be told to go back to the beginning? Well, that might be good advice for the Seahawks and their offense because over the past three games, Seattle has been at its best at the beginning.

That is important. Because the beginning of the game is when the Seahawks have moved the ball efficiently, scoring on their first possession in each of the past two games and scoring on their first two drives in the past two weeks.

What's the significance of that? Well, those first two drives have roughly covered the 15 offensive plays that Seattle's coaches script out before the game begins. That means that this is how the coaches envision the team playing at its best before the pressures and changes of the game set in, and I would argue that if you look back at the past three games, Seattle has been hampered by its attempts to adjust to in-game situations. Specifically, the offense has performed a proverbial swan dive once Seattle has gone past its 15-play offensive script. Have a look at the numbers:

Game 5

Seahawks 16, Panthers 12PlaysNet offenseAverage playRushesPassesPoints
First 2 possessions14815.8673
Next 10 possessions482294.8292013
Russell Wilson passingC-Att.-YdsTD-INTQB Rating
First 2 possessions6-7-680-0107.1
Next 10 possessions13-18-1531-276.6

Game 6
Seahawks 24, Patriots 23PlaysNet offenseAverage per playRushesPassesPoints
First 2 possessions161539.67810
Next 10 possessions392155.5192114
Russell Wilson PassingC-Att.-YdsTD-INTQB Rating
First 2 possessions7-8-1311-0158.3
Next 10 possessions9-19-1622-0112.2

Game 7
49ers 13, Seahawks 6PlaysNet offenseAverage per playRushesPassesPoints
First 2 possessions181055.8796
Next 8 possessions361463.522160
Russell Wilson PassingC-Att.-YdsTD-INTQB Rating
First 2 possessions5-9-760-083.6
Next 8 possessions4-14-460-111.0

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