SEA-NE grades: Seahawks S Kam Chancellor stars in return to action

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Seahawks' Week 10 win over the Patriots.

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Kam Chancellor

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SEA-NE grades: Seahawks S Kam Chancellor stars in return to action


Seattle Seahawks 31, New England Patriots 24

Here are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Seahawks’ Week 10 victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

New England Patriots

Quarterback grade: Tom Brady, 78.1

Few key mistakes lead Brady to lowest grade of season

Tom Brady, for the most part, was very sharp on the night, finding the open receiver and hitting him in stride to make good gains. He also added in some huge throws down the sidelines in key spots. He hit two third-and-long plays to Julian Edelman to keep drives alive, and one to Rob Gronkowski at the end of the game to bring the Patriots to the goal line. But his badly underthrown ball on a risky deep pass to Malcolm Mitchell was intercepted, and he could have easily lost the game by fumbling the football on a quarterback sneak with less than a minute to go on the goal line. Those mistakes brought his grade down from his high marks in past weeks.

Tom Brady vs pressure

Top offensive grades: 

FB James Develin, 90.5

TE Martellus Bennett, 86.6

C David Andrews, 82.1

OT Marcus Cannon, 81.2

OT Nate Solder, 78.9

Power running game key compliment to Patriots’ offense 

In addition to Brady’s performance, the Patriots were able to run the football pretty effectively along the edges of the Seahawks’ defense. LeGarrette Blount only ran for 69 yards, but showed good power after contact and was able to score three times. Both offensive tackles Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon held up well in the run game, and James Devlin proved to be an effective weapon as a FB in limited snaps, helping pave the way for Blount. The running game was important in keeping the many Seattle pass-rushers honest, and was a solid compliment to the Patriots’ dangerous offense that was absent of a run game the last time these two teams met.

Top defensive grades:

DI Malcolm Brown, 79.5

DI Alan Branch, 79.3

ED Trey Flowers, 77.4

ED Rob Ninkovich, 76.3

S Devin McCourty, 74.8

Logan Ryan and Elandon Roberts highlight defensive issues

The Patriots showed that they were willing to play a bend-but-don’t-break style, and make the Seattle offense work for every first down gained, but Logan Ryan and Elandon Roberts were key detriments to this plan. Logan Ryan was responsible for six receptions for 101 yards, and for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. Ryan finished with a 28.8 overall grade, the worst mark in the game. Elandon Roberts was not much better in his first game replacing Jamie Collins as a full-time player. He was often reached at the second level by an offensive line that has struggled badly all year run blocking. He was also beaten on a 38-yard pass down the sideline to HB CJ Prosise to put the Seahawks at the Patriots’ 2-yard line. Roberts, who had flashed in run defense in previous weeks, earned just a 36.5 run-defense grade.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback grade: Russell Wilson, 76.6

Patient Wilson solid in Seahawks victory 

It’s evident that Russell Wilson’s mobility is not all the way back from where it once was, but he is looking more comfortable every week. The Patriots’ defensive game-plan was to keep Wilson in front of them, make him sit back and diagnose the defense, and deliver passes on time to his receivers. Wilson did a good job by staying patient when the Patriots rushed three or less, moving around and making plays down the field. Wilson also continued his recent downfield accuracy, going four-for-seven for 137 yards on passes traveling 20+ yards in the air.

Russell Wilson vs pressure

Top offensive grades:

HB C.J. Prosise, 80.0

WR Doug Baldwin, 79.9

FB Will Tukuafu, 79.3

QB Russell Wilson, 76.6

WR Tyler Lockett, 74.1

C.J. Prosise establishes himself amongst crowded backfield

The Seahawks have struggled for much of the year finding their running game on offense, but C.J. Prosise may be the spark the team needs going forward. He was decisive running the ball and forced five missed tackles on the night. He also was a huge asset in the passing game, as well, against the Patriots’ linebackers. Prosise caught all seven of his targets for 87 yards. Two plays in the passing game stood out when he shook Shea McClellan early in the game on a key third down, and when he outran Elandon Roberts down the sideline for a 38-yard gain.

Top defensive grades:

S Kam Chancellor, 89.1

ED Frank Clark, 82.0

CB Richard Sherman, 80.6

LB Bobby Wagner, 77.6

ED Damontre Moore, 76.2

Chancellor stars in his return to action

After sitting out several weeks with a groin injury, Kam Chancellor made his return just in time for when his team needed him the most. Chancellor was key in coverage against the Patriots’ two TEs all night. When in coverage against Gronkowski and Bennett, Chancellor allowed three catches on five targets for 27 yards and had a pass defense. Frank Clark led the effort up front for the Seahawks with a sack and three separate pressures, earning a 76.0 pass-rush grade.

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Kam Chancellor, S, Seahawks

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  • Dan

    Not sure I’ll ever fully understand this grading system. How does no TD’s, 1 pick, and 318 yds beat 3 TD’s, 0 picks and 348 yds?

    • YouBarkIBite

      As far as I can tell, their initial grade is just measuring accuracy
      adjusted for quality of coverage, with zero consideration for whether the QB made the proper read (which is no surprise because this is all being done off the TV coverage which cuts off most receivers who are not targeted). Their system appears to award high grades for successful throws into tight coverage (which Brady had several of in this game), whereas Wilson throwing to a guy who’s open is considered “ordinary” or close to a zero grade. Which I don’t agree with, but this is about as deep as the analysis can get when using the TV broadcast angles. There is just no way to know if the QB is making good reads and going to the right receiver until you review the All-22, but they don’t release those grades (unless you want to pay a few grand a year).

      • eYeDEF

        The adjusted grades after they review All-22 is also reflected in their consumer grade 0-100 scale metric cheap sub. I’ll often see grades change after the initial write up.

        • YouBarkIBite

          Yeah, I figured as much (I remember some grades used to change a few days later when I still had their legacy subscription) but unfortunately it’s impossible to know the actual re-graded score in their basic subscription since they don’t show the weekly grades.

          It’s a real shame what they did to the subscription model. The player grades are next to useless without having any context. The $20/year subscription is basically crippleware and the only option is to go up to a $3000/year plan.

          • eYeDEF

            It really is. I’m so disappointed with the bastardized version they offer now and the lack of access to their sig stats, which was really the one thing of great value they really had going for them. I did get an email the other day about access to their crown jewels for a fire sale rate of $800. I pretty much told them to go bite themselves.

      • Dale GoDawgs McLerran

        That dime that Wilson dropped in to Prosise at the 2 yard line was a thing of beauty. That was against tight coverage by the corner with the safety coming across to contest the play. It was better than anything Brady did all night. And the throw to Baldwin down the seam into the end zone was another fantastic throw. It doesn’t get any better than that!

        Don’t get me wrong. Brady had some great throws and burned the Seahawks defense on 3rd and long too many times. But Wilson easily outplayed Brady.

    • osoviejo

      Nevermind the pressured/not pressured charts. I find it difficult to believe -any- professional analyst would objectively review that game and come to PFF’s conclusion.

      If there is some justification within the PFF grading guidelines for this result, I’d argue vigorously that those guidelines need work. This is just another glaring example that deeply undercuts their credibility.

    • James Winslow

      Busted coverage made easy throws for Wilson.

      • AKjester

        That fails to take into account that Wilson buying team led to some of the busted coverages. Plus, taking advantage of busted coverages is pretty key for a QB. If PFF is really reviewing every play, I wish their analysis would actually address whether the QBs were hitting the best targets on each play or if the QB was missing open WRs that we do not see in a normal TV broadcast. Taking what the defense gives you is a really important QB trait.

        • Rick

          Wilson buying team? I guess you mean time.
          The Pats’ pass rush was mostly non-existent. Buying time against a 2-3 man rush is pretty easy. But most of the completions happened when time didn’t need to be bought (so to speak) because the coverage was terrible.

  • KWS13

    Well I again get only to the “pending” stage when questioning the analysis, so I’ll paste it in again

    Short of just looking at the stats, which heavily favor Wilson, saying Brady was better and Wilson was the very definition of average by your grading system
    https://www.profootballfocus.c
    is befuddling. Based on the points of focus you seem to look at, it makes even less sense:

    Turnover worthy plays- fumble and ugly pick for Brady with maybe one other risky throw, whereas a clean game with one underthrow to Baldwin that as at all ill advised by Wilson.

    Accuracy- Brady was decent, maybe 1 drop and no throwaways I can recall, Wilson suffered 4-5 drops with a debatable throwaway, miscommunication/not on the same page on another, accuarate at least 80% of passes easy.

    Big time throws- Not sure what your “definition” is, but Brady had the two 3rd downers to Edelman, the one down to the 2 to Gronk towards the end, and one or two to Bennett, while Wilson was money on all 3 TDs in different ways (back shoulder, scramble/across field throw, perfect pass to split 2 defenders), a big throw to Lockett early in the game and a pair to Prosise for big gains.

    From my perception they both handled pressure well, not able to give a statistical or otherwise fair analysis there, but generally Wilson’s scrambling gave him a pretty solid edge from what I can remember.

    Key Situations: more 3rd down conversions on great throws from Brady, more chunk plays to keep them out of 3rd downs for Wilson, including go ahead/game ending scores. No scores/clutch win from Brady and he was given two shots from the goal line, with a miss to Gronk (good defense/poorly played by Gronk) and a fumble.

    Hawks won so I’m all good, but I greatly enjoy good analysis and these things are indeed quite curious…

  • Sippin’ on

    No need for a lengthy explanation, your QB grades of this game are a reminder to me why I don’t visit this site much anymore. Your grading system is flawed and isn’t worth my 10 minutes.

    • Jeff Landry

      Took the words out of my mouth. No elaborate explanation or grading system could justify the QB scores here.

      Brady fumbled and threw two bad interceptions (Chancellor should have caught the other), and missed many throws. Wilson missed a few but ultimately proved the determining factor in the offense’s success.

      In typical fashion, Daryl Bevell put Wilson in the worst circumstances on several third and shorts with his ‘surprise’ low-percentage, slow developing bombs downfield, but Wilson delivered with uncanny deep ball accuracy.

      • Rick

        So now you’re counting interceptions that didn’t happen? Wilson threw a lot of those (by definition).

  • Arnav Gupta

    This was easily Brady’s worst game of the year, especially coming off a bye, at home. I think his grade is a bit generous and Wilson was snubbed a bit, but Wilson had two dropped picks also. One by Hightower, where Wilson didn’t lob his check down high enough and another dropped pick by Logan Ryan on a deep throw. Brady didn’t play well by any standard, but he made some big time throws on 3rd and long. To be fair, Wilson made some big throws also to Baldwin.