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October 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Pro Football Focus reviews Sunday’s Seahawks game

Here is the weekly collection of grades and stats from Pro Football Focus:
PFF Week 8 Gradebook
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
 ReFocused article by Cole Schultz
  • Lots of variance on the offensive line with guards J.R. Sweezy and James Carpenter grading at +1.4 and +1.2 respectively. Right tackle Justin Britt and center Steve Schilling struggled with -1.8 and -1.7. Schilling’s -2.7 run blocking grade was third-worst for centers this week.
  • After sitting out Week 7, tight end Luke Willson came back playing 46 snaps. Cooper Helfet went back to his normal backup role, playing 14 snaps
  • Left tackle Russell Okung and Britt both surrendered two QB hurries.
  • Quarterback Russell Wilson completed all five of his attempts behind the line of scrimmage yet received a -0.2 grade. Of his 32 attempts, 22 came within nine yards of the LOS. Excluding drops, Wilson only threw the ball 82 total yards in the air this week (fourth-lowest for QBs).
  • Wilson only attempted one pass over 20 yards.
  • Marshawn Lynch ran right of center eight times and only three to the left.
  • Lynch still received the majority of carries with 14. Christine Michael (4) and Robert Turbin (2) were the only other players with rushing attempts (excluding Wilson).
  • Turbin led all receivers with a +1.4 grade on only three targets, catching all three.
  • Doug Baldwin had an average game this week even though he was targeted a team-high eight times.
  • Lynch had two drops, the only ones for the receiving core.
  • Cliff Avril had his best game since the bye week earning a +4.7 overall grade, the highest for all 4-3 defensive ends. His +2.9 pass rush grade was also a team-high and was third-best overall for DEs this week.
  • Also turning in a nice pass rushing grade was linebacker Bruce Irvin. His +2.8 is also a new career high and easily led all outside linebackers in this category this week.
  • Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane with another bad game, making it four “red grade” games out of seven on the year. His -3.4 this week was third-worst for DTs playing more than 25% of the snaps. Unfortunately, his -3.8 run defense grade was the worst in the same category.
  • Panthers receivers gained over 100 yards on corner Richard Sherman, only the third time Sherman has surrendered more than the century mark. It is also the most targets he’s seen since 2012
  • Linebackers K.J. Wright (+1.6) and Malcolm Smith (+1.3) both had nice coverage games for linebackers
  • Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was held in check catching only one of this three targets.
  • Kicker Steven Hauschka had an interesting grading week. His +1.4 overall is third, bolstered mainly by his +1.3 field goal grade. On kickoffs, Hauschka had the fourth-best maximum hang time, yet the third-worst average starting position (27.8 yard line) and second worst kickoff percentage returned rate.
Signature Stats
  • This game produced bottom-five QB performances in terms of PFF QB rating. Wilson edged out Newton by a couple of points with an underwhelming 75.57.
  • Even with Avril and Irvin’s strong pass-rushing game, the Seattle defense allowed Newton to have the highest Average Time to Throw at 3.53 seconds.
  • Sherman’s rough game came at the hands of Kelvin Benjamin, who had the second-highest Yards per Route Run this week at 4.48.
  • Avril topped all 4-3 defensive ends in Pass Rushing Productivity with a 19.6, over two points better than the next player.


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