As always, here is the day-after package of notes and observations from the guys at Pro Football Focus:
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- Huge game for Russell Wilson as both a passer and runner.
- Marshawn Lynch had one of his worst games of the season, but his teammates more than made up for it.
- Jermaine Kearse led the Seahawks wide receivers in snaps with 58-of-74. Behind him were Doug Baldwin with 55 and Golden Tate with 51.
- Zach Miller played 63 snaps and had a good receiving day, while Luke Willson played just 20 snaps.
- Without pressure, Russell Wilson went 17-of-20 for 223 yards and 3 TDs, good for a 152.7 QB Rating.
- Wilson had a perfect 158.3 QB Rating when blitzed, going 6-of-6 for 116 yards and a TD.
- On Deep Passes, Wilson connected on 3-of-6 for 145 yards.
- Marshawn Lynch had just 26 yards after contact on 16 carries, forcing an uncharacteristically low two missed tackles.
- Russell Wilson added 47 yards on eight carries. All but six of his yards came before contact.
- Zach Miller caught 5-of-7 targets for 86 yards and a TD. Miller’s seven targets came against seven different Saints defenders.
- Doug Baldwin caught 4-of-5 targets for 77 yards and a TD. He caught a beautiful 52-yard deep ball from Wilson, and despite also dropping a pass, Wilson had a perfect QB Rating when targeting Baldwin.
- K.J. Wright’s massive day included four stops and excellent coverage.
- Michael Bennett had another strong outing. His fumble return for a TD aided in his positive grade.
- Brandon who? Walter who? Byron Maxwell’s performance was enough to put Seahawks fans at ease about losing their 2nd and 3rd corners. Maxwell is yet another product of the Pete Carroll cornerback factory.
- The only really rough day came from Chris Clemons, who could only manage a single hurry in his 26 pass rushes, and otherwise blanked on the stat sheet.
- Yes, K.J. Wright gave up catches on 6-of-8 targets, but they went for just 23 yards and he also broke up a pass. The longest reception against him was nine yards, and the average per attempt was less than three yards.
- Byron Maxwell allowed just 1-of-3 targets to be completed in his coverage for 20 yards. He broke up both of his other two targets.
- Drew Brees went 0-for-6 on Deep Passes against the Seahawks.
- When pressured, Brees was just 3-of-11 for 26 yards and a QB Rating of 39.6.
- Russell Wilson’s 126.0 PFF QB Rating this week was easily tops in the league. Peyton Manning was second at 106.06.
- Even in a down game, Marshawn Lynch had a middle-of-the-pack Elusive Rating of 34.2, helping him maintain his season lead in that category (69.5 for the year).
- Zach Miller has now caught 27-of-28 catchable balls this season, good for a Drop Rate of just 3.57, eighth best among tight ends.