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Obviously you want to come out strong and lead the game after the first quarter. Has that been an indicator of success for the Seahawks this season?
Not exactly. If the ‘Hawks are going to beat Minnesota, they need to jump out to a lead early.
After the first quarter this season, Seattle has been ahead in four games, tied in three, and behind in one. On paper, that seems like a positive statistic. And yet, the team is 4-4.
In the second quarter, Seattle has outscored its opponent three times, tied once and scored fewer points four times.
The third quarter? Two times outscoring their opponent, three ties and three times being outscored.
This brings us to the fourth quarter, where the Seahawks have scored more points four times, tied once and scored fewer points than their opponents three times.
What does this mean? Obviously amounts of points, momentum and specific plays from each game play a role, but this tells me that the Seahawks do not come out strong enough in the first quarter and build on that momentum in the second.
Not enough leads and not enough breathing room throughout the game.