DET-SEA Grades: Mixed night from Russell Wilson
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Lions-Seahawks game:
– The Seahawks welcomed Kam Chancellor back into the starting lineup against the Bears last week, but he reserved his biggest impact for Monday Night Football (+2.9) against the Lions. In spite of a trio of missed tackles, Chancellor still earned his highest coverage grade (+3.1) since the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Broncos.
– A mixed night for Russell Wilson (-1.3), with some elusive work in the pocket paired with an accurate night of passing, but some sloppy ball security to let that work down. Wilson evaded sacks on six occasions (including two on the same play twice) but a trio of fumbles, including one that Caraun Reid (-2.4) scooped up for Detroit’s only touchdown, marred a night on which Wilson looked somewhere back to his best as a passer, going six-for-six for 156 yards on intermediate targets (+3.2 passing grade).
– With Brandon Mebane absent due to injury, Jordan Hill (+3.0) claimed his first start of the season and continued his strong start in run defense. Hill notched a trio of pressures (having been blanked by the Bears last week) and was a consistently disruptive force against the run, working against Detroit center Travis Swanson (-3.9), who turned in his fourth straight negative grade of the season.
DE Michael Bennett (+4.5)
DT Jordan Hill (+3.0)
S Kam Chancellor (+2.9)
LB K.J. Wright (+1.9)
LB Bobby Wagner (+1.7)
– There were no turnovers for Matthew Stafford (-1.3) last night, but there was only one big play on the Lions’ final drive to Timothy Wright (-2.3) to offset a couple of poor throws throwing to the left side of the field. Stafford didn’t complete any of the four passes he targeted 10 or more yards in the air outside the left numbers (-2.6 passing grade) and for the season has only completed two of his 14 pass attempts in that area. In spite of producing his best game of the season to date, Stafford finishes the first month of the season as our lowest graded quarterback.
– Personnel usage has limited Travis Lewis (+2.1) to only 46 snaps this season, but he left his mark on the first half of last night’s game, in spite of only playing 11 snaps. Lewis recorded three stops in his limited opportunities, including a sack beating Derrick Coleman (-0.9) early in the second quarter. Lewis had already beaten Coleman and Jimmy Graham (+0.3) earlier in the game for his two stops in run defense.
– Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah (+0.8) didn’t have much to work with last night, but he gained all the available yardage (and a little bit more) that he was given by his offensive linemen. Only 33 yards on 13 carries doesn’t leap off the page as a solid performance, but Abdullah gained as many yards after contact as he did in total, breaking three tackles in the process during his second start of the season.
DE Darryl Tapp (+3.1)
LT Riley Reiff (+2.1)
LB Travis Lewis (+2.1)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (+1.7)
S James Ihedigbo (+1.6)