SEA-BAL Grades: Russell Wilson's hot streak continues
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Seattle Seahawks’ 35-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
– Injuries have crippled the Ravens this season, and they struggled up front against a talented defense, with two of the players forced into the starting line up through injury struggling. Center John Urschel (-4.4) has now graded at -9.9 over the past three weeks, and gave up a sack, three hits and three hurries yesterday. Left guard Ryan Jensen (-5.2) had his third negatively graded game in three starts at left guard. He allowed two hits and a hurry, and was pushed around a lot in the running game.
– In the aftermath of the game, there were calls that Jimmy Clausen (-1.4) had earned more playing time with his performance, but, while he did make some nice throws, he had some bad ones too. The passing game looked simplified—understandable, given that he has been in Baltimore just over two weeks—but Clausen graded poorly on throws between 0 and 9 yards downfield, going 12-for-19 for 85 yards, including a bad interception thrown straight to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman,
– If there was a positive for the Ravens to take away, it was the play of wide receiver Kamar Aiken (+1.8). Aiken caught five of the seven passes thrown his way for 90 yards and, while he didn’t see a single pass thrown his way when covered by Richard Sherman, it was still the standout performance of the day for Baltimore.
WR Kamar Aiken +1.8
S Terrence Brooks +1.1
DE Lawrence Guy +0.8
RG Marshal Yanda +0.7
LB Za’Darius Smith +0.5
– Playing some of the best football of his career, Russell Wilson (+5.7) produced his second-highest graded performance of the year, just one week after the highest. Almost flawless when the Ravens couldn’t get pressure on him, he completed 19-of-25 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns when kept clean. That being said, even when the Ravens did get pressure on him, he still had a PFF grade of +1.2.
– Wilson had success with a trio of receivers, with Jermaine Kearse (+1.3), Doug Baldwin (+0.8), and Tyler Lockett (+1.6) all having 74 or more receiving yards in the game. Baldwin and Lockett saw their grades fall somewhat after drops, but both made big impacts and had big touchdown receptions from the Seahawks’ on-fire signal caller.
– It’s been an up-and-down season for linebacker Bobby Wagner (+3.6), but this was his best game of the year. Stout against the run, he finished the game with four of his five solo tackles resulting in a defensive stop. While in coverage he allowed just four receptions for 39 yards. As the Seahawks continue to chase another Super Bowl run, a change in fortune for Wagner will be welcomed.
QB Russell Wilson +5.7
DT Brandon Mebane +2.6
RT Garry Gilliam +2.4
FS Earl Thomas +2.3
DE Cliff Avril +1.9