Examining third downs

Like punts? You might be seeing a lot on Sunday, especially if the statistical trends hold true.

Both the Seattle and New York offenses struggle on third downs, while both sides’ defenses are at the top of the league in third-down stops. The Seahawks are converting 35 percent of third downs this season, placing them at No. 25 in the NFL, while the Giants are converting 36 percent, good for No. 23 in the league.

Meanwhile on defense, both teams have top-4 conversion numbers. The Seahawks allow just opponents to convert on just 33 percent of third downs (No. 4 in the NFL) and the Giants give up first downs on only 31 percent of third downs (No. 2 in the NFL).

With soaring defenses and sluggish offenses when it comes to third down conversions, there might be a plethora of three-and-outs on Sunday at Qwest Field.

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