To preview the Seahawks vs. Steelers matchup for Sunday, our main man from Pro Football Focus, Jim Seki, sent over some notes on their signature stats. Here's what Jim had to say (and follow him on twitter). Great stuff as usual.
-- Big Ben and RW both rank in the top-5 in terms of YPA (yards per attempt) and top-10 in accuracy rate. On deep passing (passes over 20+ yards in the air), Big Ben leads in accuracy at 56.8%. He only has two TDs on those passes though. Russell Wilson is tied for second-most deep passing TDs at 7.
-- This game strangely features the top two QBs in terms of completion differential when it comes to play-action vs non-play action passes. Both are far better without play action—Wilson leads the league at +12.7% without PA while Roethlisberger is not far behind at +11.7%.
-- Le'Veon Bell had a 69.6 elusive rating with 28 missed tackles forced on the year. The up-and-coming Thomas Rawls is 8th at 58.9.
-- The Legion of Boom is going to have their hands full this Sunday. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are top-four in YPRR (yards per route run) with Brown leading the league at 3.17. Brown's 112 targets on the year is third-most among WRs. Richard Sherman is currently 11th with a 0.86 yards/coverage snap allowed and if/when Jeremy Lane is activated off PUP, he brings with him a 0.74 yards/coverage snap allowed when in slot coverage (2014 figure). That was fifth-best for slot corners last year.
-- PIT hardly targets WRs when they line up in the slot. However, when Heath Miller lines up there, he has a 21.1% target rate, sixth among slot TEs.
-- PIT's RE Cameron Heyward has 39 QB pressures this year. His go-to pass rush move is the bull rush but if it's any sort of positive, Justin Britt has only allowed three pressures via the bullrush, lowest among the Seattle O-linemen.
-- Seahawks would be smart to bring pressure right up the middle—PIT center Cody Wallace has the third-lowest pass block efficiency at only 94.0. His 28 QB pressures are second-most this season. Should be an interesting chess match between Haley and Richard since Seattle is a perimeter pressure team.
-- Week 11 Power Rankings with Seattle moving up two spots to 15th while Pittsburgh ranks 9th.
-- Top 10 QBs going into Week 12 with Big Ben at 3rd and RW at 10th.
-- Sam Monson talks about why Thomas Rawls is a suitable replacement for Marshawn Lynch.
-- Ten things to know from Week 11, Rawls mentioned in the four spot.
-- Grade recaps from the Week 11 Seahawks and Week 10 Steelers games.