PFF Preview: Seahawks @ Cardinals, Week 16
The Arizona Cardinals (11-3) are the only team in the NFC to have clinched a spot in the playoffs with only two weeks left in the season. They still have plenty to play for, though, as they could earn the top seed, but if they stumble down the stretch they could fall to the six seed. This week they will host the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (10-4) in an attempt to win the division.
Calais Campbell has been the sixth-best 3-4 defensive end in Run Stop Percentage (9.2%) and the seventh-best in Pass Rushing Productivity (6.8). In the game against the Seahawks he was able to log three sacks along with three other pressures. This all came in a game that Campbell posted his lowest overall rating of the season (-1.0). Campbell has been the complete player on the defensive line by leading the team in sacks (7) and stops (36).
Left guard James Carpenter didn’t play the first time these teams met up but they will need him this time around. The Seahawks’ offensive line is banged up and they likely won’t have Russell Okung, who played very well against the Cardinals in Week 12. Since starting the year well, Carpenter has struggled to consistently perform. However, he has not given up a sack this season on his 369 pass blocking snaps.
Larry Fitzgerald – Throwing catchable passes in Fitzgerald’s direction will help any quarterback’s confidence as he has the second-lowest Drop Rate among WRs in the league with a 1.72 on the season.
Antonio Cromartie – Cromartie has been a lockdown corner this year allowing a reception on every 13.5 snaps he spends in coverage, which ranks fifth in the league.
Kerwynn Williams- With the injury to Andre Ellington, Williams has been afforded a chance to play significant snaps. In the last two games, he has 34 carries for 175 yards with 100 of those yards coming after contact.
Marshawn Lynch – Lynch has opened up a big lead on the rest of the running backs in our Elusive Rating. He currently has an 84.5, while Eddie Lacy comes in second with a 65.5.
Michael Bennett – Bennett leads the Seahawks with 59 total pressures on 409 pass rushing snaps.
Earl Thomas – The Seahawks’ safety has allowed one reception on every 41.9 snaps in coverage in his zone, which is fourth-best among safeties this season.
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