The Seahawks beat the Cardinals on Sunday 27-10 and finished the first quarter of the 2019 season. They start the second quarter as quick as any NFL team, hosting the Rams on Thursday. I tweeted out some stats that I picked up from Pro-Football-Reference on Monday morning and here’s a quick rundown.
The final drive
The Seahawks are criticized often for playcalling and that extended to yesterday when some fans were upset with a drive that didn’t run enough clock for their liking. So Brian Schottenheimer responded with an 8-minute drive in the fourth quarter that ended the game with authority.
The Seahawks final drive on Sunday was 8 minutes and 8 seconds long, 81 yards, and ended in a touchdown. It took a 10-point lead with 10:21 to go to a 17-point lead with 2:13 left to go.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Seahawks were built to stop Todd Gurley and Thursday is their first opportunity
Here’s Seattle against the first five notable backs they’ve faced in 2019:
vs Seahawks:— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Joe Mixon, 6/10
Gio Bernard, 7/21
James Conner, 11/33
Alvin Kamara, 16/69
David Johnson, 11/40
That’s a combined 51 carries for 173 yards, an average of 3.4 yards per carry. The last two backs have instead burned the Seahawks with their receiving skills, a characteristic usually attributed to Gurley but he has just 62 yards on 11 catches (17 targets) so far.
When I say “Built to stop Todd Gurley” I mean that the 2019 offseason was directed a lot at an improved run defense. Gurley is the most famous runner in the NFC West, if not the NFL, and the Rams have been expected to win the NFC West. I think the key in Seattle’s mind on Thursday is to prevent LA from running the football effectively and force Jared Goff to beat you with his tired arm. (68 passes on Sunday.) They’ve given up some rushing yards to teams but they’ve shut down their leads backs on the ground.
Now it’s a matter of seeing it work vs the Rams.
“The Seahawks have reliable players” is a catch-all
Will Dissly is 2nd among tight ends and 4th overall in catch%. Only 2 RBs and TE Darren Waller have caught a higher% on a minimum of 20 targets. Tyler Lockett is 7th overall and 1st among all WRs in catch%.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Combined they've caught 45 of 54 targets (83.3%)
Uber-star tight end Will Dissly has caught 19 of 22 targets this season, ranking second among tight ends in catch% on a minimum of 20 targets. Tyler Lockett has caught 25 of 32, ranking first among receivers.
Lockett also ranks 12th in yards/target. Among the receivers to catch at least 70% of targets and at least 10 yards/target are: DJ Chark, Chris Godwin, Marvin Jones, and Lockett. Amari Cooper and Courtland Sutton just miss on yards/target.
Will Dissly tied for the league-lead in touchdown catches with 4.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Lockett’s current pace is 104 catches and 1,312 yards.
Dissly is on pace for 77 catches and 725 yards.
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Russell Wilson’s doing just fine
The MVP talk could come this time around.
Russell Wilson leads the NFL in completion% at 72.9. He's 1st in the NFC in passer rating and 2nd overall, just a shade behind Patrick Mahomes.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Wilson was dismissed as MVP even in 2015 because the world was obsessing over Cam Newton. But Wilson was better (in my opinion) and the last four years have done nothing to dispel that notion.
Wilson has never won NFC Offensive Player of the Month, but September 2019 looks like a real opportunity now.
Red Zone = End Zone
Wilson is 2nd in the NFL in red zone touchdown passes.
Leaders in red zone touchdowns:— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Jacoby Brissett - 9 TD, 0 INT
Russell Wilson - 6 TD, 0 INT
12 QBs tied with 5 TDs
Spreading it around on defense
Despite the two high-profile additions on defense, the Seahawks are not getting their most QB pressure from Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah. Instead it’s been Rasheem Green, Quinton Jefferson, and Mychal Kendricks.
You: "I can't wait to see Ziggy, Clowney, Reed, and Poona!"— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 30, 2019
Reality: "The Seahawks are led in sacks by Mychal Kendricks, Quinton Jefferson, and Rasheem Green"
However, Ansah came in on Sunday and had his first sack for Seattle plus another QB hit on top of that. Jefferson’s five QB hits is way more than any other player on the team. Clowney’s stuck on one sack and one QB hit.
Green’s perhaps been the most interesting of them all because he’s 22 and quietly getting a lot of snaps and been fairly productive. He now has two sacks and a forced fumble with a number of QB hurries.