Remember when there was a lot of angst over the fact that the Seahawks had five road games this year that would start at 10 a.m. Seattle time?
I even wrote a story about it, and the fact that the Seahawks took some measures to try to eliminate it as an issue this year.
The last of Seattle’s 10 a.m. starts is Sunday against the Giants.
And so far, like with most things associated with this season, Seattle has done well in 10 a.m. starts.
The Seahawks are 3-1 in those games, losing at Indianapolis 34-28 on Oct. 6.
But a slow start — which historically has been considered the biggest problem associated with the early kickoff times — was not the issue as the Seahawks jumped ahead 12-0 and dominated early.
The other 10 a.m. starts were the 12-7 win at Carolina in week one, the 23-20 overtime win at Houston in week four, and the 33-10 win over Atlanta in week 10.
Here’s the combined score by totals in those four games, with the Seahawks first and then their opponents:
First quarter: `18-7
Second quarter: 30-40
Third quarter: 18-13
Fourth quarter: 27-17
The total is 96-77 Seahawks.
The one that might stand out is the second quarter. That number is heavily influenced by the game at Houston, when the Texans outscored the Seahawks 20-0 in the second quarter en route to taking a 20-3 halftime lead.
That quarter has been the highest-scoring for both the Seahawks and their opponents this season —- Seattle has outscored foes 121-105 overall in the second quarter this season.
Seattle’s other road games don’t fit neatly into any category — a Sunday 1 p.m. start (49ers), a Thursday night game (Arizona) and a Monday night game (Rams) — so there’s really nothing to compare anything to.
But there’s no real evidence to suggest that early starts — in and of themselves — are a real issue this season.