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September 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Pro Football Focus grades the Seahawks

Here is the weekly day-after-game package from ProFootballFocus  with lots of interesting notes and observations on the Seahawks.
Denver at Seattle ReFocused article with analysis by Steve Palazzolo
  • Left guard James Carpenter earned the highest (and only green grade) of all Seahawks offensive players with a +1.5.
  • Left tackle Russell Okung’s +1.2 pass blocking grade was the best for Seattle offensive lineman. However, his -2.6 run block grade was the worst.
  • After making the list on PFF’s Race for Rookie of the Year Week 2, right tackle Justin Britt finished the game with team-worst -4.4.
  • As a unit, the Seattle O-line allowed 11 hurries, third most in Week 3
  • Russell Wilson took advantage when Denver did not blitz, going 20 of 27 for 226 yards.
  • Wilson only threw one pass over 20 yards, completing it to Ricardo Lockette for a touchdown
  • Wilson had seven scrambles, tied for the most this week (HOU Ryan Fitzpatrick also with seven)
  • Despite solid stats, Wilson had the sixth-worst pass grade for QBs this week at -2.2.
  • Marshawn Lynch struggled mightily running anywhere outside of left guard with a combined -5.3 run grade on five attempts.
  • Lynch made eight Bronco defenders miss tackles on 26 rush attempts, increasing his season missed tackle total to 17.
  • Unlike the first two games, Percy Harvin had no rushing attempts.
  • Percy Harvin led all receivers in targets with nine, Doug Baldwin had five
  • Most surprising was Bryan Walters’ five targets. While he only caught two balls, he was not targeted at all in the first two weeks.
  • Seahawks had zero dropped passes, an improvement from last week in San Diego (3)
  • Safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas led defensive players with an overall +4.7 and +4.1, respectively. Both earned a team-high +2.8 pass coverage grades.
  • Slot corner Marcus Burley backed up his solid 2014 preseason grading (+5.8 in four weeks) with a career-best +1.4. The second-year pro only saw the field in preseason last year but has played 113 of 219 defensive snaps this year.
  • Linebacker K.J. Wright made four stops. Both he and Chancellor had the most on defense.
  • Corner Byron Maxwell had 10 tackles, but his -1.5 overall grade was the lowest on the defense.
  • Defensive end Michael Bennett had seven quarterback pressures, the second-most for 4-3 DEs this week. Bennett (4) and teammate O’Brien Schofield (2) were the only DEs to register more than one QB hit this week.
  • Cliff Avril had a relatively “quiet” week with only three QB hurries
  • Manning went 3 of 10 on passes between 10-19 yards in the middle of the field, resulting in a PFF QB rating of only 6.3 and a -2.4 grade.
  • Maxwell allowed ten receptions on 12 targets. Most of the damage came covering Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, allowing six receptions on eight targets. Over half of the Broncos receiving yards were gained against Maxwell.
  • Wes Welker caught four balls on five targets when covered by Burley. However those receptions only amounted to 32 yards.
  • With three consecutive green grading weeks, punter Jon Ryan exceeded his first two weeks combined with a +5.8. His +4.5 punting grade was the best of Week 3 as was his maximum hang time of 5.43 seconds.
Signature Stats
  • Wilson was under pressure on 50% of his dropbacks, the second highest Pressure Percentage for Week 3
  • Seattle ran play action on half of Wilson’s dropbacks, eight more times than any QB in Week 3. On the year, the Seahawks have run play-action on a league-high 41% of their pass attempts
  • Lynch has the third-highest Elusive Rating of running backs (min. 50% snaps played)
  • Bobby Wagner tied for sixth this week in Pass Rush Productivity for inside linebackers (min. 25% snaps played)
  • Cliff Avril saw his Pass Rush Productivity drop to 5.9 this week. In Weeks 1 and 2, his PRP was over 10.0

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