PFF Preview: Packers @ Seahawks, Week 1
Kicking off the 2014 season on Thursday Night, the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers head to Seattle to take on the defending champion Seahawks and their dominant defensive backfield.
Reigning as the league’s most accurate passer, Rodgers’ Accuracy Percentage (factoring in drops, throwaways, etc.) was tops in the league among QBs with at least 300 drop-backs in each of the past three seasons. His consistency on display, he surpassed the 80% mark in both 2011 and 2012 and came up just shy at 79.3% in his shortened 2013. Rodgers and the Packers’ passing game will start off with a stiff test, though, as Seattle’s secondary is rightly considered the best in the game.
Cornerback Richard Sherman posted an NFL-best 0.63 Yards Allowed per Coverage Snap in 2013 and running mate Byron Maxwell also landed in the Top 10 in the category at 0.90. Safety Earl Thomas earned a +11.1 coverage grade that was fourth-best at the position and Kam Chancellor’s all-around play rounds out the talented foursome. They’ll be looking to carry over their Super Bowl performance where all four graded in the green.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy – Forced 56 missed tackles as a runner in 2013 — that number placed him fourth behind Marshawn Lynch’s 75, Adrian Peterson’s 58, and LeSean McCoy’s 57. Lacy added five more as a receiver.
Packers O-Line – As a group the line put up an 82.5 Pass Blocking Efficiency mark, good for fourth in the league and their 142 total pressures allowed was also fourth-best.
Jordy Nelson – His +16.6 receiving grade in 2013 ranked third among wide receivers and he hauled in all 13 catchable deep balls he saw.
Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril – Combined for 112 total pressures in 2013 and Bennett’s Pass Rushing Productivity mark of 13.5 was third-best for 4-3 DEs behind only Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake.
Bobby Wagner – His lone missed tackle on 63 run play tackle attempts last year gave Wagner the best Tackling Efficiency figure (against the run) for all inside linebackers.
Doug Baldwin – Came away with a 115.0 WR Rating (passer rating on throws to him) to top all Seattle receivers and finish among the 10 best league-wide.
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