PFF Preview: Seahawks @ Redskins, Week 5
Coming off their Bye week, Pete Carroll’s 2-1 Seattle Seahawks travel to FedEx Field to take on Jay Gruden’s 1-3 Washington Redskins team that is reeling after a comprehensive home defeat against the New York Giants.
The Seahawks led the league last season with 28 interceptions, 22 of them going to their opportunistic secondary, of whom Richard Sherman (eight interceptions in 2013) Earl Thomas (five), Byron Maxwell (four) and Kam Chancellor (three) all return. Chancellor and Maxwell already have one pick each, and Thomas has allowed just one reception, good for 120.0 Cover Snaps per Reception and a +4.5 coverage grade, fifth-best among safeties. It’s an intimidating matchup for Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is just one week removed from a four-interception performance against the Giants, which earned him a -6.9 passing grade
In his final two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Hatcher recorded 16 sacks and 93 total pressures, making him one of the most disruptive interior pass rushers in the league. He hasn’t missed a step since arriving in Washington, with a +9.8 pass rush grade, second among 3-4 defensive ends, four sacks, 13 total pressures and a 10.8 Pass Rushing Productivity score. Hatcher takes on an offensive line featuring three players with negative pass blocking grades; J.R. Sweezy (-1.9), Max Unger (-1.3) and Justin Britt (-1.1) and must capitalize if the Redskins are to upset the reigning champions.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Bobby Wagner – Wagner has enjoyed a return to top form this season; his +5.5 grade ranks third among inside linebackers, while his 16.0 Tackling Efficiency score is solid.
James Carpenter – Carpenter has conceded just one QB hit and three total pressures on 106 passing snaps, giving him a 97.9 Pass Blocking Efficiency.
Michael Bennett -Bennett recorded seven pressures in Week 3, giving him two sacks, six QB hits and 17 total pressures through three games and a Pass Rushing Productivity of 13.1. His duel with Trent Williams will be worth watching.
Ryan Kerrigan – Kerrigan has registered five sacks, three QB hits and 21 total pressures on his way to a 13.6 Pass Rushing Productivity grade, second-best among rush linebackers with more than 50 pass rush snaps.
Trent Williams – After allowing three pressures in the opening game, Williams has allowed just two more pressures in the following three matches for a +4.5 pass blocking grade, and allowed no pressures at all against the Giants.
Tress Way -Second in the league with a +9.3 grade, Way leads the league in both gross (53.0) and net (45.8) yards per punt. One of the few Redskins to emerge with credit from the Giants debacle, when he gained an impressive 55.5 net yards per punt.
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