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January 4, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Pro Football Focus with some numbers on the recent Seattle-Carolina series

As has already become a big part of the storyline of the Seattle-Carolina matchup, the teams have played once each of the last three years — all in Charlotte and all tight wins for the Seahawks (16-12 in 2012, 12-7 in 2013 and 13-9 this year).
ProFootballFocus.com has provided some stats and notes on how some of the key players on each side have performed in those games:
Historical Notes (three total games*):

Quarterbacks:
Russell Wilson has a +6.2 overall grade in three games against Carolina. While he has a cumulative +6.6 passing grade, each has decreased in their subsequent games. In the last two meetings, 20 of his 51 attempts have been to the middle of the field on passes from 0-9 yards. He has a +0.1 passing grade when under pressure (28 dropbacks).
Cam Newton has a -4.0 overall grade with a cumulative -4.5 passing grade. On 88 dropbacks, Newton has never attempted a pass deep left over 20+ yards. He has been under pressure on 37 dropbacks, grading at -6.4.
 Wide receivers:
Quantifying receiver figures is a bit dicier because of personnel turnover both offensively and the opposing secondary. Doug Baldwin has caught 10 passes on 19 targets for 99 yards, no TDs and no drops. Seattle running backs tend to be targeted about five times/game and the tight ends about four.
 Running backs:
Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams DNP this year but has a -4.9 overall grade in the first two games that includes a cumulative -4.0 rush grade.
 Defense:
The Panthers linebacking duo of Luke Kuechly (+5.5) and Thomas Davis (+7.7) have never had a non-green overall grade against Seattle. Between them they are +9.2 in run defense. On passing plays, the two combine for an average of about eight blitzes/game.
Coverage:
Richard Sherman’s overall grade has gone down in the three meetings starting at +3.6, to +1.4, then to -2.1 this year. His coverage grades follow the same trend: +3.9, +0.7, -2.3.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has been targeted 16 times allowing 10 receptions for 109 yards, no TDs. Surprisingly with those figures he has a +1.0 coverage grade.
Special Teams:
Seattle PK Steven Hauschka has put up three green grades in a row totaling +5.9.
Carolina punter Brad Nortman grades at +6.2 in the games which includes a -0.8 from earlier this year.

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