Sunday the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-10 in the first division game of the season, and the offensive line got back to some of its successful ways of 2018. The line did open holes for Chris Carson to break the 100 yard mark for the first time this season, but also saw its streak of seven sack-free quarters end in the second quarter.
In any case, here’s the weekly look at where the line stands in relation to other units throughout the league after Week 4.
Run Blocking: 30th (Up from 30th after Week 3)
Pass Blocking: 26th (Down from 22nd after Week 3)
Pass Blocking Efficiency: 24th (Down from 21st after Week 3)
Pass Blocking Grade: 27th (Up from 28th after Week 3)
Run Blocking Grade: 15th (Up from 16th after Week 3)
For those who don’t want to read type small, here are the Week 4 grades for the five offensive linemen, plus George Fant.
- Duane Brown: Overall 68.5, Pass Blocking 76.5, Run Blocking 60.6
- Mike Iupati: Overall 68.1, Pass Blocking 76.1, Run Blocking 63.2
- Justin Britt: Overall 65.3, Pass Blocking 69.0, Run Blocking 63.2
- D.J. Fluker: 62.3 Overall 62.3, Pass Blocking 68.3, Run Blocking 58.5
- Germain Ifedi: Overall 44.6, Pass Blocking 45.5, Run Blocking 41.5
- Fant: Overall 65.3, Pass Blocking 72.6, Run Blocking 61.2
For those who want to know what those grades mean for the Seattle offensive line, here’s the PFF grading scale.
The Player Grading Scale:— PFF (@PFF) October 9, 2015
89-85 Pro Bowler
ESPN, of course, has developed their proprietary Pass Block Win Rate (PBWR) metric, which is based on whether or not the offensive line holds a block for 2.5 seconds or more on a pass play. Typically we only have a snippet of the rankings, and have to bug Seth Walder of ESPN for where the Seahawks stand. However, this week we have the full rankings thanks to a tweet from Mr. Walder.
Full Pass Block Win Rate team rankings through Week 4— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) October 2, 2019
(PBWR is an ESPN metric powered by data from Next Gen Stats) pic.twitter.com/Qo0Px5UYXs
So, through the first month of the season the Seahawks are 25th of 32 teams. This is a sharp decline from 2018, when the team finished 8th, and is even worse than 2017 when the team finished 11th in spite of a combined 18 starts from Rees Odhiambo and Luke Joeckel on the left side of the line.
Week 4 seemed to bring more questions than answers when it comes to protecting Russell Wilson. There’s the obvious questions about Ifedi’s continued development, with fans go ballistic after this play, which we’ll look at more on Thursday.
I was told Solari would fix this. pic.twitter.com/8jHkVONjVc— John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) October 1, 2019
And, while some fans have attempted to write off Brown’s decline so far this season due to the bicep injury he suffered in Week 3, I’m not too certain how much one can argue that a biceps injury prevented Brown from stopping this pass rush by Terrell Suggs.
While it’s true that from comparing film from Week 2 to Week 4 that it appears to be Brown’s left bicep that was injured against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, Suggs simply beat Brown deep and turned the corner. I’d be worried that maybe father time has caught up with Brown and he’s lost a step, but it’s not as if Suggs is a spring chicken who will celebrate his 37th birthday in nine days. In any case, it’s possible that Brown has hit the age wall that shows up overnight rather than creeps up on NFL players, so I’ll be watching his play in the coming weeks to see how he performs as he takes on the likes of Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett in the next two weeks.
Thursday night the offensive line has the task of taking on the Los Angeles Rams, who happen to be the team that has sacked Russell Wilson a career high seven times, and they’ve done it twice. If the Hawks offensive line isn’t able to keep Wilson upright, it could make for a long evening for the Seahawks and their fans.