Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Seahawks win a statistical anomaly
By Terry Blount
ST. LOUIS -- Sometimes statistics just don’t make sense. Monday night, when the Seattle Seahawks won 14-9 against the St. Louis Rams, was one of those times.
For example, the Seahawks had only 135 yards of offense compared to 339 yards for the Rams. It was the fewest yards the Seahawks recorded in a win since they had 128 in a win over the San Diego Chargers in 2000.
The last team to win a game with 135 or fewer total yards was the Miami Dolphins against the New York Jets in Week 14 of 2010.
Entering Monday’s game, teams that outgained their opponent by 200 or more yards were 291-37 (an .887 winning percentage) since the start of the 2001 season. Make that 291-38 now.
Seattle also had only seven first downs compared to 23 for the Rams. The Dolphins’ victory over the Jets three years also was last time a team won with seven or fewer first downs.
The Seahawks ran only 40 offensive plays Monday compared to 71 for the Rams. St. Louis had the ball for 38 minutes, 9 seconds, but never reached the end zone.