There remain two more NFL games this weekend, with the traditional opening Monday Night doubleheader on tap tonight.
But now that 28 of the 32 NFL teams have played, I thought it’d be interesting to look at some Pro Football Focus’ position ratings and see how some of the Seahawks fared (I’ll add the caveat that the most important stat is Seattle’s 36-16 win and that this is just the opinion of one group of evaluators. But PFF has become pretty widely-respected around the NFL and as such, I think their ratings are worth a review):
— One prevailing thought Thursday night was that Marshawn Lynch has lost nothing as he rushed for 110 yards on 20 carries. And that is borne out in PFF’s RB ratings, which have Lynch second overall behind Le’Veon Bell and recorded him as forcing eight missed tackles, second behind the nine of Montee Ball, who had three more attempts.
— Russell Wilson is rated 19th among quarterbacks.
— Percy Harvin is 18th overall in the receiving ratings but tied for first with a 100 percent rating of catching target passes — seven of seven.
— Yep, Justin Britt did indeed play well in his first game, with PFF rating him seventh among all offensive tackles, and grading him highest for his pass blocking at plus-1.7. Russell Okung is 16th.
— Max Unger is rated No. 2 among all centers.
— Interestingly, while Seattle’s guards got a lot of praise, PFF didn’t rate their games all that well. James Carpenter is 32nd and J.R. Sweezy just 53rd with a minus-2.4 run blocking grade.
— Zach Miller is fourth among tight ends.
— As seemed obvious watching the game, Seattle’s defensive ends graded out well — Cliff Avril is second among 4-3 DEs, Michael Bennett third and O’Brien Schofield 14th.
— Interestingly, the interior DLs are not ranked as highly. Kevin Williams is 20th among 4-3 DTs, and Jordan Hill 43rd, and Brandon Mebane last at 51st.
— So how do you rank a cornerback who did not have to defend a single pass? Well, Richard Sherman did have at least one opportunity to make a play against the run and PFF judged that he missed the tackle. So because of that, he ranks 33rd among cornerbacks. Jeremy Lane is 44th, Marcus Burley 51st and Byron Maxwell 58th, all rankings I’d imagine the coaches would dispute given how well Seattle held down Green Bay’s passing game.
— Earl Thomas is 14th among safeties but Kam Chancellor just 47th based mostly on missing three tackles.
— Bobby Wagner is 16th at middle linebacker (he’s judged to have missed two tackles) and K.J. Wright 14th among 4-3 outside linebackers.