ReFo: Seahawks @ Chiefs, Week 11
Sunday’s matchup was a primarily ground-focused game as both offenses found success running the ball. While it wasn’t Kansas City’s best performance stopping the run, one would be hard-pressed to find a defense with more timely stops than the Chiefs in the fourth quarter.
Back-to-back fourth down stops in Kansas City territory left the Seahawks needing a touchdown as they started their final drive inside their own 5 yard-line. Dontari Poe and Tamba Hali were able to get pressure on the quarterback twice on the final drive, including a huge sack by Poe as he beat J.R. Sweezy to the outside. Good coverage by multiple players in the Chiefs’ secondary ended Seattle’s chance at a comeback as Kansas City’s win moved them into a first-place tie with Denver in the AFC West.
Here are a few performances that stood out on each team.
Seattle Seahawks — Performances of Note
Marshawn Lynch, HB: +1.9
Breakdown: Despite being banged-up and not getting a ton of help from his offensive line, Lynch put forth another solid performance against the Chiefs’ defense. He forced six missed tackles, gained 61 yards after contact, and picked up seven first downs on the ground.
Signature Stat: First contact was made with Lynch at or behind the line of scrimmage on nine of his 24 carries.
Russell Wilson, QB: +2.9
Breakdown: Wilson had one of his better days of the season through the air (+1.4), but he was more impactful as a runner (+1.9) and extending plays with his feet. He picked up four first downs on scrambles, each being in excess of ten yards.
Signature Stat: Six of Wilson’s eight carries went for first downs, including three in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Hill, DT: -1.6
Breakdown: Hill played 17 snaps as one of those tasked with the difficult job of replacing Brandon Mebane. Outside of his fumble recovery, Hill had little impact on his few snaps as he was pushed around defending the run on his way for a career-low-tying -1.8 run defense grade.
Signature Play: Good hustle downfield and awareness led to Hill’s third fumble recovery of the season, which put Seattle in a great position to snag a few more points just before halftime.
Kansas City Chiefs — Performances of Note
Jamaal Charles, HB: +1.7
Breakdown: As good as Lynch was on Sunday, he was outperformed by his Kansas City counterpart. Charles eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, due in large part to a couple long, explosive runs for which he is best known. Charles would have graded higher than Lynch if not for his third-quarter fumble.
Signature Play: After continually plugging away on the ground, Charles finally broke open his longest run of the day on the third play of the fourth quarter, leading the Chief inside the Seattle five yard-line and setting up the go ahead touchdown.
Justin Houston, OLB: +1.7 and Tamba Hali, OLB: +2.4
Breakdown: The pass-rushing duo combined for a sack, four hits, four hurries, and a batted pass. The pair was a significantly responsible for Wilson being under pressure on 40% of his drop-backs. Houston also had a sack and forced fumbled negated by penalty.
Signature Plays: For Houston, (Q2 13:37) he eventually beats Justin Britt outside and reaches out to knock the ball out of Wilson’s hand during the throwing motion for the strip-sack. For Hali, he beats Britt outside with devastating speed to flush Wilson from the pocket and throw on the run during Seattle’s final offensive play.
Husain Abdullah, FS: +3.5
Breakdown: Abdullah has been fairly quiet since his big game in Week 4, but a couple run stops, a batted pass, and a very timely pass defense left Abdullah with his second-highest grade of the season.
Signature Play: On third-and-18 and 1:23 left in the game, Abdullah makes a diving pass defense to tip the ball away on a seam route.
PFF Game Ball
While Jamaal Charles would certainly get a game ball on the offensive side of the ball, Kansas City won the game with timely defensive stops by several different players and as a result, the entire defense shares the game ball.
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