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December 15, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Pro Football Focus with tough grades for Seattle offensive linemen

Here is the weekly review of the game from Pro Football Focus, with some tough grades for the offensive linemen but high marks for Marshawn Lynch and the defense.

PFF Week 15 Gradebook
Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers
  • All five starting offensive linemen finished with red overall grades. The right side struggled with pass blocking, combined for a -2.7 pass blocking grade. The left side of the line and the center combined for a -6.5 run blocking grade. Alvin Bailey, who replaced Russell Okung after his injury, didn’t fare any better with a -2.0 pass blocking grade.
  • Each starting O-lineman also allowed at least one QB hurry, with J.R. Sweezy and Justin Britt allowing two.
  • Many will note that Russell Wilson only completed 12 passes, second-fewest this year. However he attempted seven passes over 20+ yards in the air, by far the most this season. He graded at +0.2 on the seven throws, two of which he completed.
  • The Niners defense sacked Wilson five times, bringing pressure on about half of his dropbacks. On throws without pressure, Wilson graded at +2.3, compared to a -1.0 with pressure.
  • Marshawn Lynch with over 20 attempts for the sixth time in the last seven weeks. He tied a season-high 11 missed tackles forced on rush attempts. His 90 MT (rushing and receiving) are far and away the most by any running back this year.
  • Robert Turbin and Christine Michael got their weekly minimal touches with five and one.
  • Snaps played: Jermaine Kearse 57, Doug Baldwin 56, Paul Richardson 39. The targets followed a similar order: Kearse 6, Baldwin 5, Richardson 4.
  • Luke Willson played a few more snaps probably due to Tony Moeaki getting injured. Neither utilized much with only three attempts between the two of them. Perhaps a function of overuse after being signed, Moeaki bottomed out this week with a -1.5 receiving grade. He’s played over 50% of the snaps the last four weeks.
  • Niner corner Perrish Cox had a rough game two weeks ago (-2.5 pass coverage) and this week was no different with a -2.2 coverage grade. He allowed four receptions on five targets (two completions to  both Kearse and Richardson).
  • Bobby Wagner with his strongest game of the year earning a +3.8 overall. His +2.7 run grade and seven stops were both team highs this week.
  • Also adding multiple stops were K.J. Wright 4, Michael Bennett/Jordan Hill 3, Kevin Williams/Bruce Irvin/O’Brien Schofield 2
  • Had this game been on Thanksgiving, Richard Sherman would not be eating a turkey leg at midfield. His -2.3 coverage grade was the lowest for any Seahawks secondary player and was a complete 180 from his +3.0 from two weeks ago.
Special Teams
  • After their worst performance all year, the kick coverage stepped up their game. On average the Niners started at their own 14.3 yard line, a Seahawks best on the year.
Signature Stats
  • As mentioned above about more deep shots, in the past two weeks Wilson ranks T3 in passes attempted traveling over 20 yards in the air. While the Attempts and Accuracy percentage are middle of the road, it is nice to see more verticality from Bevell/Wilson.
  • Seattle’s offensive line ranks fifth-worst this week in Pass Blocking Efficiency. They allowed a middling 12 hurries but had less-than-average pass attempts.
  • Seemingly a weekly tradition, Lynch is atop out Elusive Rating for Week 15, aided by his 11 MTs.
 Also, here is a collection of national media links. And below, all of the Seattle Times coverage:






Don Shelton


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