As noted earlier today, we plan to regularly pass along stats and other stuff this season from the guys at ProFootballFocus.com.
Here is a selection of some links and notes on the game Sunday:
— Here is their Three to Focus On where PFF offers grades and stats behind 3 key matchups between the Seahawks and Panthers.
— Here is their Seahawks 2013 Preview to see what the 2012 grades and stats suggest about the personnel changes and the coming season.
— Seattle’s week 1 projected starting lineup was updated and includes ratings for each player from poor to elite. Seattle comes in with three elite rated players (Russell Okung, Max Unger, and Richard Sherman).
— Nathan Jahnke examines some of the unheralded players to make NFL rosters in his 32 Observations: Roster Surprises. Undrafted rookie Benson Mayowa recorded four sacks, which was tied for second among 3-4 outside linebackers, and 10 total pressures which was fifth-best at the position.
PFF Seahawks Stats
— Russell Wilson’s Accuracy Percentage of 77.1 placed fourth in the NFL last season.
— Golden Tate had a WR Rating (QB rating when he was targeted) of 133.0, good for second in the league in 2012.
— Last year, Bobby Wagner achieved the second highest Run Stop Percentage among inside linebackers at 14.4.
—- Throughout the preseason, the entire Seahawks defense missed just 15 tackles. (car 34)
Next Opponent: Carolina Panthers
— The Panthers Season Preview can be found here. See how some of the new faces in Carolina affect their season outlook.
— Concerns in the secondary highlight the Panthers week 1 projected starting lineup. The team lacks true elite players, but does have some high quality players at various positions.
PFF Panthers Stats
—- During the preseason, the Panthers defense missed 34 tackles after a poor tackling 2012. This remains an area of concern.
— Cam Newton’s QB rating on plays without play action a season ago was just 75.4. That skyrocketed to 109.4 with play action.
— DE Charles Johnson’s 12.0 Pass Rush Productivity ranked second best in the NFL among 4-3 defensive ends last year.
— In 2012, Carolina’s offensive line ranked 29th in the league in Pass Blocking Efficiency at 74.7. (Denver topped the rankings at 87.7)