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December 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Pro Football Focus grades the Seahawks

Seattle times photo/Dean Rutz

Seattle times photo/Dean Rutz

Here is the Pro Football Focus gradebook for Seattle’s 20-6 win over the Rams Sunday, as well as some other stuff:
  • Rookie tackle Justin Britt finished a volatile first year strong with a +2.4 overall that featured a +1.8 pass block grade.
  • J.R. Sweezy and Patrick Lewis struggled in run blocking, earning a -4.6 and -3.5. Over the past two weeks Lewis has a -7.2 overall grade, tied for last among centers. Thankfully, it looks like Max Unger will be ready after the bye week.
  • While none of the O-linemen had green run blocking grades, both tight ends did. Tony Moeaki earned a +1.8 on 12 run snaps and Willson a +1.6 on 26 run snaps.
  • Only four of Russell Wilson’s 29 attempts went to the right outside the numbers.
  • Unlike the past weeks, Wilson graded better without pressure than with. Without pressure 16 dropbacks with a +1.4 grade, with pressure 9 dropbacks -2.5 grade.
  • Only two attempts over 20+ yards in the air but Wilson completed both.
  • Marshawn Lynch with only 14 attempts while Robert Turbin had a season-high 11. Lynch’s 24 attempts in the last two weeks was the lowest for any consecutive two-week span.
  • Doug Baldwin with his first rushing attempt on the year and even forced a missed tackle!
  • Only four of the 34 rushing attempts were outside the tackles.
  • Targets: Paul Richardson 6, Doug Baldwin/Luke Willson 4, Lynch 3
  • Richardson has 12 targets over the past two weeks, accounting for almost a third of his targets on the year.
  • St. Louis corner Janoris Jenkins with a brutal game giving up eight receptions on all eight targets for 129 yards. Half of the receptions were caught by Richardson.
  • A LOT of green: all three starting linebackers graded in the green in run defense which is a first this year. K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin both had a +1.9 while Bobby Wagner was not far behind with a  +1.4.
  • The starting defensive ends had a quiet game but DT Kevin Williams earned a +1.9 pass rushing grade, his second green pass rushing grade in three weeks. Backup DE O’Brien Schofield earned a +2.0 pass rushing grade on only 12 passing snaps!
  • Leaders in Stops made: Wagner 6, Irvin/Wright 4, Thomas 3
  • Earl Thomas with his second-highest overall grade (+2.5) this year and his best coverage grade (+3.2).
  • While Byron Maxwell surrendered six receptions on seven targets, his +0.6 coverage grade suggests he had a decent game.
  • Targets as coverage man: Maxwell/Chancellor 7, Wagner 5, Smith/Sherman 4
  • Steven Hauschka with his second-highest grade this year at +1.7.
  • Third straight week where kickoff coverage held the opponent average starting field position behind the 20 yard line (19.4 this week).
Regular Season Review
  • Wilson finished with the highest run grade for QBs at +9.5. He also had the most throw aways at 39, 11 more than the next QB.
  • Lynch had the second-highest overall grade for backs at +20.5 finishing behind Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh . Isolating just his run grading, Lynch was THE best grading at +19.6, nearly five points ahead of the next back. His 88 missed tackles forced on rushing attempts was also a high, “only” 25 more than the next player.
  • Bennett finished atop run defense for 4-3 ends at +15.6. His 52 QB hurries were also tied for first with Avril coming in third with 46.
  • Punter Jon Ryan with the lowest punt return rate in the league (26.7%).
Signature Stats
  • Wilson finished the year leading both Time to Throw and Time to Attempt.
  • As mentioned above with Lynch and missed tackles, he finished atop our Elusive Rating with a 94.1. His 2.95 yards after contact/attempt also led all backs.
  • Avril and Bennett finish seventh and ninth in Pass Rush Productivity.
  • Sherman finished with the best Coverage Snaps/Target and Coverage Snaps/Reception (min 50% snaps played).

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