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December 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Pro Football Focus reviews Seattle’s win over the Eagles

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson keeps the ball and runs it 26 yards for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson keeps the ball and runs it 26 yards for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Here are the weekly grades and stats and notes from Pro Football Focus on Seattle’s 24-14 win over the Eagles Sunday. As might be expected, some pretty good grades for the Seahawks’ defense.
PFF Week 14 Gradebook
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Even though they won, not a good run blocking game for the starting offensive line. All had negative run block grades including red grades from J.R. Sweezy (-1.5), Russell Okung (-2.4), and James Carpenter (-4.0).
  • QB hurries allowed: Okung 4, Justin Britt 3, Sweezy/Jeanpierre/Carpenter 1
  • Luke Willson reclaimed the weekly tight end snap count title from Tony Moeaki playing 56 snaps versus 46. Combined they only stayed in to block five times on 40 pass play snaps.
  • On the surface it was a big win for the Seahawks, however Russell Wilson’s -3.1 passing and -3.5 overall grades were the lowest of his CAREER. He was -2.1 on his 15 throws between 0-9 yards.
  • Wilson connected on three of five passes traveling over 20 yards yet graded at -0.7 on those throws. His best grade depth-wise was +2.3 on eight passes between 10-19 yards
  • Like last week, Wilson graded better while passing under pressure (-0.3 with, -2.4 without).
  • Considering how badly the O-line run blocked, Marshawn Lynch had an admirable +1.0 rush grade. His seven missed tackles forced is second-highest this week.
  • Of Lynch’s 86 yards rushing, 52 of them came after contact.
  • Christine Michael and Robert Turbin with six and four touches, respectively, but Kearse had his first two rushing attempts of the year.
  • Of the dozen skills players that saw action, only Michael and Chris Matthews were not targeted. Targets by player: Doug Baldwin 7, Jermaine Kearse 6, Lynch 5, Paul Richardson/Moeaki 3
  • Lynch caught all five of his targets with 23 of his 27 receiving yards coming after contact, yet he only graded at -0.9.
  • Wilson kept taking advantage of the mismatch that was PHI corner Malcom Jenkins. He allowed nine receptions on 11 targets, good for a -1.3 pass coverage grade. Baldwin and Kearse combined for 5 of 6 for 78 yards.
  • Cliff Avril with another solid +2.8 pass rush grade, making it eight of 13 games where he’s graded in the green rushing the QB. His five QB hurries were more than the rest of the defensive unit combined (4)!
  • Cliff Avril wasn’t so hot in run defense grading at -1.3. His teammate linebacker Bruce Irvin picked up the slack with a +2.8 on only 14 run snaps.
  • Bryon Maxwell (+2.6), Richard Sherman (+1.6), and Kam Chancellor (+1.4) all with nice pass coverage grades. Maxwell was targeted seven times which makes his grade that much more impressive.
  • Mark Sanchez completed all three passes when linebackers were the primary coverage man (Irvin, Wright, and Wagner each with one).
  • For the amount of flack he got on Twitter, punter Jon Ryan graded just above average at +0.5.
  • While temperature probably played a factor, Steven Hauschka had his lowest average kickoff distance in over two years. His kickoffs “only” traveled 62.6 yards, resulting in the Eagles starting at their 29.8 yard line. He had similar numbers three weeks ago in KC where it was also cold. Compared to the two games in between those (vs ARI and SF), there was a 10 yard difference in opposing team starting position.
Signature Stats
  • Perhaps slightly inflated due to his abnormally high pass attempts, Wilson has the second-highest Yards in the Air (without drops) this week (189). Nice to see a change where it seemed like every week he was in the bottom-5. Conversely, Sanchez had the second-lowest YIA this week at 50 yards on 20 attempts.
  • With no Brandon Mebane in the middle to run stop, the rotation of Jordan Hill/Tony McDaniel/Kevin Williams did quite well. Hill and McDaniel each had two run stops and finished top 5 in Run Stop Rate for DTs.
  • Seattle’s O-line didn’t grade well but neither did the Eagles. With the Monday night game to go, PHI is 29th of 30 teams this week in O-Line Pass Block Efficiency.

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