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November 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Pro Football Focus previews Seattle-Arizona game

Here is the weekly batch of articles and stats from Pro Football Focus previewing Seattle’s game. Some interesting stuff:
Articles:
ReFocused articles from the past week’s Seahawks/Chiefs and Lions/Cardinals games
PFF Team of the Week for Week 11
32 Observations touching on rookies picked after the first round (Kevin Pierre-Louis gets a mention)
Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet taking a midseason look at some early candidates (Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman in the mix)
Signature Stats:
Russell Wilson has an NFC West leading 75.2 percent Accuracy Percentage on pass attempts.
Wilson has attempted nearly three times as many passes as Cardinals QB Drew Stanton, yet both have virtually identical Deep Passing attempts (Wilson 29 Stanton 28).
Doug Baldwin has a league-high 23.3 percent Slot Targte Rate for wide receivers (min. 50 percent snaps played). At the same time, he’s only run 159 routes when in the slot, the second-lowest in this same group. Thus, the Cardinals would be wise to be on alert anytime Baldwin lines up in the slot.
In the four games Cardinals QB Drew Stanton has started this year, Arians has called play-action on 23.3% of his dropbacks. That is drastically higher than Carson Palmer’s 13.9 percent play-action play rate.
Only 17 running backs in the league have over 50 percent of their team’s rush attempts. This game features two of them, but Marshawn Lynch sits atop our Elusive Rating with an 82.4 while Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is last at 14.7. Lynch forced 10 missed tackles last week and 11 the week before…Ellington has 11 all year.
Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell has the best run stop rate for 3-4 DEs at 13.5 percent.
With Bobby Wagner looking like a go, his ability to drop into pass coverage should alleviate some of the pressure on the corners/safeties. For inside linebackers, Wagner has the third-best Yards allowed/coverage snap at 0.48.
Both teams like to drop a safety in the box (within eight yards of the line of scrimmage) on running plays. Cardinals safety Deone Bucannon (97.3 percent) and Kam Chancellor (78.6 percent) rank first and second in this category. Understandably both are top-8 in run stop rate for safeties and both rank second on their respective team in total stops.
The Cardinals often like to play with five and sometimes even six DBs on the field. Safety Tyrann Mathieu (Honey Badger) has the second-highest Pass Rushing Productivity for safeties (23.7) despite only blitzing on 8.5 percent of pass plays. Bucannon has a high 20.2% pass rush rate due to his proximity to the LOS, but isn’t a threat since his 1.1 PRP is second-worst.

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