PFF Preview: Seahawks @ Redskins, Week 5

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PFF Preview: Seahawks @ Redskins, Week 5

2014-Prev-WK05-SEA-@-WASComing 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:

Seattle Seahawks

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.

Washington Redskins

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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Kevin has been an analyst at Pro Football Focus since 2014, with a particular focus on college football.

  • Tim

    Sherman is on course for zero interceptions this year…. Last year I heard him say his interceptions proved he was the best CB in the league. Guess he is the worst CB this year.

    • Scott@Seattle

      Stats never prove anything. He was the best in 2013 though.

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      • Tim

        Reporter….”Do you think you are the best CB in the league?”

        Sherman…. “I have more interceptions than any other CB after being thrown to the fewest times, you tell me”….

        Suddenly interceptions stats are not relevant?


        • Scott@Seattle

          Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? If you hit 80 home runs that will prove that you are a great hitter. If you hit 0 home runs the next year, but hit 120 doubles and bat .670 that also proves you are a great hitter.

          • Tim

            Actually what you are saying is that …

            Last year A proved B

            But this year A doesn’t prove B.

            your analogies of baseball and drug dealing are trying way to hard bro.

          • Scott@Seattle

            Actually that is not what i’m saying. A = Sherman getting a lot of interceptions. In your model A happens both times.

            I was just putting the argument in terms that everybody can comprehend.

          • Tim

            Last year

            A meant B was true (according to player in question)…

            This year you are telling me that although A has not been achieved but that has no bearing on B?

            By the way…. Jackson had a field day matched up against Sherman last night. And cousins isn’t exactly tom brady.