I'm sure many of you remember me tracking this for us the past two years noting how critical this down was (to get 4+ yards at least) for the overall success of our offense. It was pretty bad against Green Bay but once again, last night, it was horrendous and unimaginative.
In fact, to put it into perspective, we ONLY had a total of 24 yards on first down leaving us in constant 2nd and longs (some VERY long). Only two of these first down opportunities was for more than 4 yards (several were in the negatives or incompletes and even INT's). Add in penalties on top of this and we played right into the strengths of Seattle, both their aggressive style (press coverage up tight at the LOS and pass rush).
In the second half, we only gained 68 yards with most in 4Q when the game was well out of reach.
For all the talk of HaRoMan, I thought we'd be much much better this year with all the added weapons, a full off season, chemistry, skill sets of players, etc. but it appears this is a real negative trend no matter what the personnel is.