We've talked a lot this season about the Seahawks' inability to sustain drives. The 2005 team put together 80-plus-yard drives routinely. This team has not. We mentioned in recent days that the current team is averaging 3.6 yards per carry on first down, off from 4.4 yards last season. That is a massive drop.
Speaking of the d-word, the current team has suffered from quite a few additional dropped passes (38 through 14 games, up from 22 in 16 games last season). That might explain the difference as much as anything.
Third-down drops are the most obvious drive killers. But the differences from last season to this season aren't particularly telling on that front, or on other fronts (see chart ... asterisk notes that the 2006 numbers are projected over the full season based on 14-game totals). Also: Our full third-down receiving breakout is below.