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A Unique Measure of Offensive Line Performance

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Here's something to chew on while I crunch numbers: The Seahawks offensive line has been one of the best teams at preventing negative WPA plays and around mediocre at preventing negative EPA plays. The measure doesn't perfectly isolate the line, as the ball carrier is a huge factor. That doesn't say much about the Seahawks line though, because other than three weeks of Lynch, Seattle hasn't had a standout ball carrier. And Marshawn Lynch has not excelled in the least. I don't think of the Seahawks line as good by any stretch. I think they are closer to the high side of below average. A high "D" so to speak. They looked like they were torn apart by the Raiders, but one thing I hope to figure out over the next few days is how much of that was an inability to beat the blitz. We know Raiders defensive coordinator John Marshall likes to send the house, and rushing six or seven certainly improves the chance of a quarterback hit or sack, but the antidote for overload pressure is supposed to be passing the ball, and if Seattle couldn't, that doesn't fall on the line.

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