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December 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Pro Football Focus grades Seahawks-Cardinals game

Here are some notes and observations on the Seahawks-Cardinals game from Pro Football Focus:P

Russell Wilson struggled in this one, as the Seahawks suffer a tough loss to Arizona. See how showed well and who didn’t in this week’s Refocused.

Offensive Summary

Jermaine Kearse had a solid day, including some nice blocking in the run game. He played 42 snaps.

Michael Bowie started at right guard for the first time all season, played every snap, and graded in the green. It’s getting tougher and tougher to keep him off the field.

Golden Tate had his second consecutive game grading in the red, due in large part to a fumble.

– Starting tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung both had excellent all-around days, each grading in the green in both run blocking and pass protection.


– Another poor day throwing deep for the normally dangerous Russell Wilson. He completed just 1-of-7 deep balls for 28 yards and threw an interception.

– Wilson didn’t fare well under pressure from the pass rush. On his 14 pressured dropbacks, he was sacked four times, and went 2-of-10 for just five yards.


Marshawn Lynch carried 18 times for 71 yards, including 37 yards after contact and four missed tackles forced. However, he gained just seven yards on five carries running up the gut (either side of the center) and Max Unger had a tough time run blocking.

Defensive Summary

Brandon Mebane picked up two hits and two hurries in just 14 pass rushes, and also recorded three stops in the running game. Excellent all-around performance.

Michael Bennett had another solid game, notching a hit and three hurries, and adding another run stops. He continues to make people wonder why he lasted so long in free agency.

Earl Thomas had his first game grading in the green overall since week eight. He played the run well and didn’t allow anything into his coverage.

– Although he had an impressive six stops and an interception, Malcolm Smith had a tough game overall due to his three missed tackles and a penalty.

Cliff Avril played his worst game of the season, failing to make much of an impact as a pass rusher or run defender.


Kam Chancellor covered well, allowing just 11 yards on four targets (two completions), intercepting a pass, and deflecting another.

Byron Maxwell finally was beaten a bit, allowing 52 yards and a TD on four targets. He gave up a reception to three different receivers. However, his grade still was pretty average.

Jeremy Lane struggled in this one, giving up catches on all three targets, going for a total of 76 yards. Many of those came when Brittan Golden beat him for a 63-yard catch and run (49 yards after catch).

Richard Sherman had about as good a day as you could ask for against two quality receivers. He was targeted just twice; one intended for Larry Fitzgerald and one for Michael Floyd. Sherman intercepted both targets.

Opponent’s Passing

Carson Palmer was like Jekyll and Hyde without pressure vs. with pressure. He went 10-of-14 with 145 yards, 1 TD, and 0 INT and a QB Rating of 128.6 without pressure. On his 13 dropbacks under pressure, he was sacked twice, and threw 3-of-11 for 33 yards and 4 INT for a QB Rating of 0.0.

Signature Stats

Russell Wilson had the lowest Accuracy Percentage of any QB this week at 45.8. He now drops all the way to 22nd on the season at 71.6. Earlier in the year he hovered around the high 70s.

Brandon Mebane had a Pass Rush Productivity of 25.0 this week. Typically a run stuffer, Mebane has also made a big impact as a pass rusher lately, and he now ranks 7th among DTs in PRP on the season at 8.4.

Richard Sherman now has the lowest QB Rating Against of any CB in the league at 52.2. He has eight interceptions despite just 57 targets all year. That’s 14.0% interceptions when throwing at Sherman.


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