January 19, 2015 at 8:13 AM
Here is the Pro Football Focus gradebook for Seattle’s win Sunday afternoon:
ReFocused article on the game
- Right tackle Alvin Bailey graded exactly at 0.0 and was a fairly suitable replacement for the inactive Justin Britt. Even though he did allow one QB hurry on 73 pass plays, his +0.9 run block grade was serviceable.
- Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy and Luke Willson all with green (positive) run blocking grades. Willson has really stepped up since Week 10, including five green overall grades for a cumulative +5.7.
- The starting offensive line played the entire game but there was one instance where they tried Bailey at guard and Sweezy at tackle. It was the very first play of the second quarter on the false start. What went widely unnoticed, it showed just how desperate Seattle was trying to find something.
- Russell Wilson had his second-worst passing game of the year at -2.4 (his worst came in the loss vs DAL where he was -3.2 passing). On the year Wilson had completed 47.6% of his passes when under pressure. Yesterday, he went 0 for 5 and all resulted in a sack.
- While he did complete three of five deep passes, those are a tad inflated because of the deficit they faced.
- Wilson graded the worst on throws between 10-19 yards, combing for -2.4 on nine attempts.
- Simply put, Marshawn Lynch is an absolute monster and is the lifeblood of this team. He had a +4.6 run grade with a whopping 15 missed tackles forced. That’s his fourth game this year with double-digit missed tackles. 110 of his 157 total yards came after contact.
- Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell finally called for some zone-read late in the game thus Wilson finished the game with seven rushing attempts. Robert Turbin got a measly two carries and Ricardo Lockette threw one in on his reverse.
- No receivers targeted graded in the green but neither in the red so it was an average performance by PFF standards. Pretty surprising that Jermaine Kearse only graded at -0.9 when he only caught one ball on his six targets which also included a dropped pass, a TD, and 4 INTs charged to him.
- Targets: Doug Baldwin 9, Kearse 6, Willson 5, Lockette/Lynch 2
- Lockette caught both his targets
- Targets by Packers corners: Tramon Williams 9, Casey Hayward 5, Micah Hyde 4, Sam Barrrington/Sam Shields/Clay Matthews 3
- Kevin Williams rose to yesterday’s challenge of stopping the run and his +2.0 run defense was a team-high.
- Opposite of Williams, the normally productive tandem of Michael Bennett & Cliff Avril had brutal games. Overall they were -4.1 and -6.0 but most surprising was the absence of their normally productive pass rush, grading at a combined -3.9.
- Earl Thomas turned in a nice run defense game grading at +1.3. In terms of overall grading, Thomas has finished in the green in the last three games.
- Stops: K.J. Wright 5, Kevin Williams/Bobby Wagner/Thomas/Jeremy Lane 3
- QB hurries: Bennett 3, Avril 2
- A one-armed Richard Sherman finished the game with a team-high +3.5 coverage grade.
- With issues at slot corner, linebacker Wright was asked to drop into coverage. He responded with a +2.2, his second-highest coverage grade this year.
- Coverage targets: Lane 7, Chancellor/Maxwell 6, Wagner 5
- Really shaky kickoff returning by Baldwin, resulting in a -1.9 grade.
- Not to be used as an excuse for Wilson’s bad play for most of the game, his receivers did have the highest Drop Rate this week.
- Baldwin led all receivers in both PFF WR Rating and Yards per Pass Route/Run this week.
- Lynch again broke our Elusive Rating formula, earning a ridiculous 253.8.
- Sherman and NE’s Kyle Arrington tied for the best Coverage Snaps/Reception.