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Seahawks Advanced Stats: Germain Ifedi and Branden Jackson had surprisingly good games against Rams

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, I reviewed Earl Thomasbig touchdown-saving play and how his and the other plays by the defense were so crucial in the Seattle Seahawks 16-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Now I want to look at some key stats provided by ProFootballFocus Elite from the game:

  • Germain Ifedi allowed just one quarterback pressure on his 43 pass blocking snaps. He was averaging 3.75 pressures/game through the first four games.
  • The offensive line, as a whole, allowed 18 total pressures (1 sack, 5 hits, 12 hurries).
  • Russell Wilson was pressured on 51.2% of his dropbacks.
  • Wilson went 0-for-3 in deep passing attempts (20+ yards), but went 5-for-9 in the intermediate passing game (10-19 yards).
  • Jimmy Graham lined up in the slot or split out wide 90% of his snaps and only lined up as the in-line tight end on just three passing snaps.
  • Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls combined to average 1.47 yards after contact. Between the guards, the Seahawks ran for -2 yards on five carries.
  • Both Richard Sherman and Shaquill Griffin had two run stops on Todd Gurley.
  • Sherman once again dominated opposing wide receivers. He only allowed one reception for twelve yards on six targets.
  • The Seattle pass rush played well against the Rams’ offensive line, pressuring Jared Goff on 35% of his dropbacks. They blitzed 10 snaps out of 51 passing plays.
  • Frank Clark played well collecting one sack (forced fumble), three hurries, and two run stops.
  • Branden Jackson had four (yes 4!) quarterback pressures on nine pass rush snaps in his debut from the practice squad.

It’s hard to not be encouraged by the play of Ifedi and intrigued by the highly-efficient appearances by Jackson. It doesn’t guarantee we’ll ever see a repeat performance from these two, but it also didn’t hurt to have them playing at a high level in this very key win.