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January 11, 2015 at 8:44 AM

Pro Football Focus grades the game

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse brings in a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in front of Panthers cornerback Bene Benwikere on his way to a 63-yard touchdown during the second quarter. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse brings in a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in front of Panthers cornerback Bene Benwikere on his way to a 63-yard touchdown during the second quarter. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Here is the post-game gradebook from Pro Football Focus:
  • The return of C Max Unger certainly helped the pass blocking–both Russell Okung and James Carpenter solidified the left side with +1.6 and +1.1 pass blocking grades.
  • Run-blocking on the edges struggled with Okung and Justin Britt earning -2.2 and -1.7 rush blocking grades. For Okung that’s four red run block grades in a row and five of the last seven weeks.
  • As usual not many skill players (non-O-linemen) asked to pass block. Marshawn Lynch actually led the team with four while both Cooper Helfet and Luke Willson only pass blocked once.
  • The “passing grid” shows that Russell Wilson’s performance was just above average in each area but add them all up and it was good for a +2.5. That’s two green pass grades in the last three weeks. Of the remaining QBs, since Week 16, he and Aaron Rodgers are tied at +5.0 passing.
  • Six passes attempted that traveled over 20+ yards in the air, connecting on four of them good for a +1.8. Four teams have yet to play and while Wilson’s six attempts is tied for fewest deep passing attempts, he leads in completions (AND keep in mind they had the bye).
  • Carolina blitzed on 28% of the pass plays, slightly higher than their season average of about 23% probably due to the absence of Star Lotulelei. Wilson only graded at +0.7 on those seven dropbacks when blitzed but also threw two TDs.
  • Lynch with his first red overall grade (-1.2) this year and only second red rushing grade. Interesting that in four games Lynch was asked to pass block more than four times this year, he has a cumulative rushing grade of exactly 0.0. He seemed to be more of a decoy out of the backfield on pass plays so this game seems to be more of an outlier than anything.
  • Lynch with another seven missed tackles forced brining his season rushing MT total to 95 (that’s 5.59 per game).
  • Robert Turbin got his normal seven-ish carries spelling Lynch when needed. Obviously his biggest run iced the game in the fourth quarter.
  • Willson backed up the eye test leading the way for receivers with a +2.4. Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin also turned in solid games with a +1.5 and +1.0.
  • Target count: Willson/Baldwin 4, Lynch/Kearse/Helfet 3. Excluding Helfet, the four had 13 receptions on 14 targets.
  • Tharold Simon might’ve been burned on Seattle but it was Bene Benwikere who got the same treatment. He gave up five receptions on six targets. His only incompletion was on the play where Paul Richardson hurt his knee on the deep throw.
  • Michael Bennett continues his torrid rush defense posting another solid effort at +2.5. Denver has yet to play but Bennett leads two Broncos for rush defense on the year at +18.0.
  • O’Brien Schofield actually led all Seahawks defenders in overall grade at +4.7. It’s back to back green overalls for him and since Week 17, he’s been the highest rated 4-3 DE.
  • QB hurries: Bennett/Cliff Avril/Schofield 4, Bruce Irvin 3, Kevin Williams 2
  • Stops: Chancellor 7, Bennett/Bobby Wagner 4, Avril/Schofield/Earl Thomas 2
  • The trio of Sherman/Chancellor/Thomas all with >+2.0 pass coverage grades which is phenomenal. Sherman has the bragging rights for this game finishing with a +3.8 overall, highest for DBs.
  • Not much needed to say about Simon and the game he had. He had a -4.0 pass coverage and -0.8 rush defense grade. He allowed 10 receptions on his 10 targets, seven coming while defending Kelvin Benjamin.
  • Chancellor actually allowed six receptions on seven targets to a smattering of receivers but only went for 37 yards highlighted by his pick-6.
  • Targets: Simon 10,¬†Chancellor¬†7, Sherman 5, Thomas 4. It was the most targets for Thomas all year.
  • Jon Ryan another solid +1.3 effort. Of the teams still alive for the Super Bowl, he is the highest-graded punter left at +23.7.
Signature Stats
  • As mentioned above with Wilson’s deep passing, he currently leads all QBs in Deep Passing Accuracy rate at 66.7% for the playoffs. A few big name QBs to go with the Sunday games but as of now Wilson also leads in yards/attempt and PFF QB Rating.
  • A lot was made of Wilson seeing a lot of pressure while passing this week. The O-line stepped it up this week–Wilson has the second-lowest Pressure % for QBs at only 32.0%.
  • Jermaine Kearse has a ridiculous 9.21 YPPR for slot receivers in the postseason and while it’s only on three targets, his 4.21 YPPR since Week 14 is also best.

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