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January 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Pro Football Focus previews Sunday’s game

Here’s our regular weekly collection of some links and stats from Pro Football Focus, this time previewing Sunday’s NFC Championship game between Seattle and Green Bay:
Articles:
ReFocused article from the past week’s Panthers/Seahawks and Cowboys/Packers divisional games
Breakdown of this past week’s College Football Playoff Championship game between The Ohio State and Oregon.
Signature Stats:
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has the highest PFF QB Rating at 99.55 (regular season + playoffs). Russell Wilson is a solid eight at 91.28. Both QBs also rank highly in pass accuracy with Wilson having a slight advantage 76.1% to 75.7%.
Last week the Seahawks had to deal with the second-best Elusive Rating running back in Jonathan Stewart. This week the defense will try to contain Eddie Lacy who ranks third, who also has 77 missed tackles forced.
Packers were creative with Randall Cobb last week lining him up in a variety of positions. He leads all receivers this year in WR rating at 133.0. Rodgers’ safety blanket that is Jordy Nelson ranks third at 125.7. In Yards/Pass Route Run terms, Nelson ranks better than Cobb at 2.54 to 2.30. Both also rank in the top seven in Target Rate when lining up in the slot.
Seattle’s Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have a combined 148 QB pressures, the most for any 4-3 defensive end tandem.
Seattle’s Kevin Williams will be a vital part to containing Lacy and will have to bring his best game. Of 82 defensive tackles, Williams ranks 62nd in Run Stop Rate
Linebacker coverage will also be key and both Seattle’s Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are above average in linebacker Coverage Snaps/Reception. Wagner is 17th of 52 and Wright is fifth of 27.
While not a signature stat, there are massive discrepancies in the kicking game. Steven Hauschka grades at +9.0 on kickoffs this year versus Green Bay’s Mason Crosby at -3.7. Of kickers who played all the games, Hauschka’s grade ranks 8th compared to Crosby’s 25th (of 30). Crosby also has the fourth-worst average kickoff distance of 64.8 yards. Similarly for punters, Jon Ryan is light years ahead of GB’s Tim Masthay. Of punters who played at least 15 games, Ryan grades sixth at +23.7 while Masthay is 30th at -10.4 (of 31 punters). Finally, Ryan has the lowest punt return rate at 25%.

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