PFF Preview: Broncos @ Seahawks, Week 3

Robert Habib covers just the sixth regular season Super Bowl rematch which features the Broncos and Seahawks this week.

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PFF Preview: Broncos @ Seahawks, Week 3


2014-Prev-WK03-DEN@SEAIn what may be one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2014 season, the Denver Broncos (2-0) head to CenturyLink Field on Sunday seeking revenge, as they prepare to take on the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks (1-1).

After suffering one of the most lopsided losses in Super Bowl history, a game in which the highest scoring offense in NFL history was unable to generate a single positive ‘green’ grade, Peyton Manning & Co. are hoping for a different outcome this time around.

It’s important that the Broncos are able to establish a balanced offensive attack rather than relying solely on their star quarterback and that’ll likely be down to Montee Ball who ranks sixth with a run grade of +1.6 and has already forced 12 missed tackles on the ground.

As the Seahawks’ run defense has played at a pedestrian pace through two games — Cliff Avril their only D-lineman carrying a significant positive grade in that regard — the Broncos could look to attack on the ground early and keep the Seahawks’ third-ranked pass rush (+8.3) away from their future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Here are three more notable numbers for each side:

Denver Broncos

Aqib Talib Has earned an overall grade of +3.8, and ranks third among cornerbacks while limiting opposing quarterbacks to a rating of 56.2 when they throw his direction.

Peyton Manning  Manning owns a quarterback rating of 132.5 when throwing off of play action, third best in the NFL. Establishing that early ground attack will be important for the Broncos’ success.

DeMarcus Ware  Has earned a grade of +1.5 when rushing the quarterback and is tied for fourth among 4-3 defensive ends with two sacks this year.

Seattle Seahawks

Max Unger  With the exception of Justin Britt (+0.1), Max Unger is the only Seahawk who has earned a positive run block grade, earning a +5.4, the top run blocking mark for centers.

Marshawn Lynch  Finished the 2013 season ranked second in run grade, has produced the highest rated grade in 2014 earning a +3.7.

Michael Bennett  Is not only the highest rated overall defensive player on the Seahawks (+6.6), but he also has the second best rush grade of all 4-3 defensive ends, producing a grade of +7.5.

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