November 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM
Here is this week’s Pro Football Focus gradebook on Seattle’s 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday
Lots of interesting stuff, including some assessments of the Seattle offense with and without Max Unger and the defensive struggles:
PFF Week 11 Gradebook
Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs
- Russell Wilson earned his second-highest grade this year at +2.9. He’s not having a 2013-like season but it should be noted that Wilson’s overall grading pre-bye week was -4.6, post-bye week +6.7. Since Week 4, he has the seventh-highest QB grade.
- The right side of the offensive line collapsed late in the game and the grading reflects it. Right guard J.R. Sweezy and right tackle Justin Britt graded at -3.7 and -1.8. Their combined -5.3 pass blocking grade included two QB hits and sacks.
- Center Max Unger graded at +2.7 before being carted off. Unger has played in six of ten games and the grading splits when he is in the lineup are quite interesting: with Unger Wilson +4.6 Lynch +12.9, without Wilson -2.5 Lynch +2.4.
- Wilson completed all 15 attempts on passes traveling within ten yards of the line of scrimmage.
- Wilson had three throwaways, bringing his league-high TA total to 23.
- Marshawn Lynch had 24 rushing attempts, second-highest this season. He played 73.3% of Seattle’s snaps, almost matching his season-high 74.0% against St. Louis. Lynch also added six missed tackles forced, bringing his season rush MT count to 49.
- Wilson had the most QB runs (six) as well as the highest QB run grade this week at +1.9.
- Unlike last week’s game, this week featured a very even distribution of run directions.
- Doug Baldwin with the only green grade of all receivers at +1.4. He caught six of his eight targets but they only went for 45 yards.
- Ex-Seahawk Ron Parker got picked on yesterday, surrendering eight catches on ALL eight targets for 75 yards and one touchdown. Kearse had four receptions on Parker, Baldwin three (TD), and Richardson with one.
- Tight ends Willson and Moeaki combined played nearly as many snaps as Helfet yet both were way more productive. Willson/Moeaki went caught all four targets for 52 yards and one TD while Helfet only caught one of his three for a whopping two yards.
- Standing out of a lot of red grades is free safety Earl Thomas who earned the only green grade on defense at +1.8.
- Brandon Mebane comes off as the most important person in the front seven–all seven starters with negative grades (six reds). Only Kevin Williams avoided the red grade with a sub-average -0.8.
- To give an idea of how bad the defense performed, of 44 qualifying defensive ends this week, Cliff Avril (-2.5) and Michael Bennett (-3.9) graded at 41st and 43rd. Defensive tackle Tony McDonald (-1.8) ranked 51st of 54. Outside linebackers Malcolm Smith (-2.2) and Bruce Irvin (-3.4) finished 23rd and 25th out of 25 OLBs.
- Strong safety Kam Chancellor had a team-high two run stops
- Seahawks did a decent job of containing TE Kelce holding him to three catches on four targets for only 37 yards.
- LBs Irvin and Smith and CB Sherman were each targeted three times.
- Alex Smith completed seven of eight attempts when Seahawks linebackers were the primary coverage man.
- Punter Jon Ryan with another green grade at +2.2 on only two punts. His 47.0 net yard average this week was second-best (KC Colquitt also with the same average).
- Wilson had the highest Completion percentage differential between play-action/non-play action plays at 50.
- With how badly the O-line played, it is amazing that Wilson had the highest Average Time to Throw this week at 3.19 seconds.
- Expanding a bit further on Unger splits, Seattle’s Pass Blocking Efficiency with and without Unger is 81.3 (12th) versus 74.3 (26th).
- On 16 attempts, KC QB Smith’s 43 Yards in Air was second-lowest among QBs this week. Only RG3 had a lower figure.
- Larry Stone: For 2014 Seahawks, the margin of error is gone
- Did lack of faith in the defense force Pete Carroll and the Hawks to gamble on offense?
- Seahawks’ failures on fourth down magnify differences between this year and last year
- Chiefs 24, Seahawks 20: First impressions
- Grading the Game: Seahawks can’t convert on offense, can’t stop Chiefs’ running game
- National media reaction: What went wrong, what’s next and Marshawn Lynch
- Seahawks, Huskies poll: Which weekend loss was tougher to take?
- Postgame Twitter reaction: Can Seahawks still make playoffs?
- Unger has high ankle sprain, Carroll says team suffered no other injuries
- Game stats