The Seattle Seahawks suffered their first loss of the 2013 NFL season when they were unable to score any points in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. The loss could turn out to be a blessing in disguise because it shows the Seahawks what flaws they must work on to get back on track. What is one area Seattle must improve over the next few games if they want to be victorious in Week 6?
Anyone who has watched the Seahawks this season will say the same thing: third-down efficiency. For a team that was undefeated prior to Week 5, Seattle has struggled at times to convert on third down. It was no different against the Colts as there is no question the statistic was the main culprit in Sunday’s loss.
“We really struggled on third down,” head coach Pete Carroll said, according to ESPN.com. “That was the difference. Those turned into field goals.”
Four field goals to be exact.
The Seahawks were just 2-for-12 on third down during the contest. It does not matter how good a team is, there is no way to come out on top if the offense cannot move the chains when it matters most. The good news is it is something that will be looked at and worked on during the week. Considering Seattle is filled with talented players, there is no doubt the inefficiency on third down can be fixed immediately, especially now that it was the main reason for the defeat.