All season long we’ve been tracking how the offensive line of the Seattle Seahawks stacks up against the other lines around the league, and this week is no different. In Week 7 the Hawks dropped an ugly game to the Baltimore Ravens, as the offense struggled in the rain and the defense had trouble with Lamar Jackson’s elusiveness. The Baltimore defensive line lacks any huge names, but they harassed Russell Wilson all day, while also slowing down Chris Carson and the run game enough to come away victorious.
Run Blocking: 24th (Down from 26th after Week 6)
Pass Blocking: 16th (Up from 16th after Week 6)
Pass Blocking Efficiency: 27th (Up from 28th after Week 6)
Pass Blocking Grade: 29th (Up from 30th after Week 6)
Run Blocking Grade: 17th (Down from 11th after Week 6)
- George Fant: Overall: 69.5, Pass Blocking: 79.2, Run Blocking: 57.0
- Mike Iupati: Overall: 61.3, Pass Blocking: 84.7, Run Blocking: 49.6
- Justin Britt: Overall: 64.2, Pass Blocking: 53.6, Run Blocking: 66.9
- Jamarco Jones: Overall: 47.2, Pass Blocking: 34.7, Run Blocking: 51.6
- Germain Ifedi: Overall: 63.8, Pass Blocking: 64.9, Run Blocking: 59.9
- Joey Hunt: Overall: 59.1, Pass Blocking: N/A, Run Blocking: 58.8
So, after playing well in his first two games, Jones had a rough outing against Baltimore. However, Baltimore appears to have intentionally created a lot of that roughness by scheming to create unfavorable matchups for the least experienced lineman on the field, and they were fairly successful in doing so. With the competition on for the starting role at right guard in Week 8, it will certainly be a situation that bears watching.
Starting this week, ESPN is now publishing their full team Pass Block Win Rankings, which is fantastic. Previously they had only been publishing the top ten, but going forward appear set to publish all 32 rankings. In any case, the Seahawks rank 27th in the NFL in PBWR after Week 7.
Week 8 brings a game against the Atlanta Falcons and their very-likely-soon-to-be former head coach Dan Quinn. The Falcons have already started trading players in order to address their atrocious 2020 salary cap situation, and more deals could be made in the days prior to the trade deadline next Tuesday. There seems a very real chance that the Falcons will roll over and play dead for the Hawks, though the possibility exists that they could rally around their coach in a last stand against his former employer. Sunday should be fun.