Seahawks strive to fix third-down struggles

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 9:01 AM

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Third downs have been a nightmare for the Seattle Seahawks.

Offensively, they've struggled to convert to keep drives alive. Defensively, they've allowed far too many conversions.

Coming off a 19-13 loss at St. Louis, the Seahawks are addressing their third-down struggles.

Seattle's offense has converted on just 28 percent of its third downs so far this season. In the last two weeks, the Seahawks are converting at just a 20 percent clip.

While the defense has been playing well — ranked second in the league in both yards and points per game — it has struggled to stop teams on third down. Against St. Louis, Seattle forced the Rams into eight third-and-long situations but allowed five to be converted. All five conversions kept drives alive that led to 16 of the Rams' 19 points for the game.

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