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November 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Pro Football Focus grades Seahawks’ win over 49ers

Here’s the weekly Gradebook from Pro Football Focus:
ReFocused article for Seahawks/Niners
  • The starting offensive line played all 65 offensive snaps and had a cumulative +1.8 run blocking grade. Russell Okung, J.R. Sweezy, and Justin Britt had green run blocking grades while James Carpenter and Lemuel Jeanpierre, with their limited playing time this year, had red ones.
  • Tony Moeaki edged Luke Willson for the most snaps played by tight ends. Both run blocked 16 times while Moeaki was asked to pass block seven times compared to Willson’s five.
  • The Seahawks only went with an extra offensive lineman (Gary Gilliam) twice, once on a pass and the other a run play.
  • Russell Wilson only threw one ball over 20 yards in the air (fell incomplete).
  • Between the numbers, Wilson completed eight of nine passes for 67 yards.
  • On plays under pressure, Wilson graded at +1.8 on his throws while without he was only -1.0 without.
  • Marshawn Lynch with a +0.9 run grade on 20 attempts. His five missed tackles forced on rush attempts was the most by a running back yesterday.
  • Other rushers and their attempts: Wilson 7, Robert Turbin 4, Christine Michael 3
  • Ex-49er Will Tukuafu played 19 snaps, the most for him this year.
  • Tight end Willson led all receivers in targets with 6. After him there was Jermaine Kearse 5, Turbin/Baldwin/Moeaki 2, and three with one.
  • As big as the legend of Chris Borland has grown over the past few weeks, he was exploited in the pass game. He allowed six receptions on all six targets as the primary coverage man for 84 yards.
  • Willson, Kearse, and Moeaki all took advantage when 49ers corner Perrish Cox was covering them. Each had a 15+ yard play on him.
  • Nine of 20 pass  attempts were targets covered by SF linebackers.
  • The starting back seven (three LBs, two corners, and two safeties) played the entire game (59 of 59 defensive snaps). Aside from them, Bennett/Avril/Hill/Simon all played over 40 snaps.
  • Linebacker Bruce Irvin rushed Kaepernick 34 times, almost the same figure Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril had. While it was also the most time he has pass rushed in his career, his -2.3 pass rush grade shows that it was ineffective.
  • Kam Chancellor (+3.0) and Richard Sherman (+2.1) with really solid pass coverage grades. Both also had one stop each.
  • Targets while primary pass defender: Wagner 7, Sherman 5, Maxwell/Simon 4
  • Similarly to what Seattle did to the Niners linebackers, Hawks LBs allowed 10 receptions on 11 targets for 71 yards.
  • Ricardo Lockette had his best special teams grade of the year at +1.5.
  • On kickoffs the Niners started, on average, at their own 18.8 yard line. The only better performance for Seattle’s kickoff coverage team was Week 1 this year against GB (18.7 yard line).
Signature Stats
  • Wilson had the lowest Yards in the Air of all Thanksgiving Day QBs with 52, yet had the highest yards/attempt at 10.73.
  • Wilson saw the most pressure on dropbacks (58.1%) but his 77.8% accuracy rate while pressured was also the highest.
  • Though only a sample size of six, Wilson’s 3.92 average time to throw was over one second longer than the next QB.
  • The tight end tandem of Moeaki and Willson led the way in TE yards/route run.
  • DE Bennett only pass rushed on the right side for five snaps but managed three total pressures, resulting in the highest Pass Rush Productivity from the right.
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