SEA-NYJ grades: Wilson-Graham connection leads Seahawks past Jets

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Seahawks' Week 4 road win over the Jets.

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Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham

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SEA-NYJ grades: Wilson-Graham connection leads Seahawks past Jets


Seattle Seahawks 27, New York Jets 17

Here are the biggest takeaways and highest-graded players from the Seahawks’ 27-17 Week 4 road victory over the Jets.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback grade: Russell Wilson, 87.4

Wilson perfect on deep passes versus Jets

Russell Wilson played well at MetLife Stadium, as he dropped back to pass 35 times and completed 23 of 32 passes with no drops (two throwaways). He faced pressure on 14 dropbacks, and completed five of 11 passes while under pressure. Wilson was great at stretching the ball downfield, as he completed all four of his pass attempts of 20+ yards or more.

Russell Wilson under pressure

Top offensive grades:  

TE Jimmy Graham, 97.2

QB Russell Wilson, 87.4

C Justin Britt, 87.2

G Mark Glowinski, 74.5

WR Doug Baldwin, 73.6

Jimmy Graham, Russell Wilson put on a show in New York

Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham exhibited a clinic of the back-shoulder throw-and-catch, torching the Jets’ linebackers and safeties charged with defending it. The duo connected five times for 93 yards. Justin Britt was solid inside for the Seahawks, creating creases for the running game and yielding no sacks, hits, or hurries.

Top defensive grades:

CB DeShawn Shead, 86.6 

LB Bobby Wagner, 86.5 

S Kam Chancellor, 82.5

LB K.J. Wright, 81.9

S Earl Thomas, 81.8

Seahawks’ back-seven defenders frustrate Jets’ offense

The linebackers and secondary players for the Seahawks had strong performances against the Jets. Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner was making plays all over the place, and had one sack and one hit on five pass-rushes, and added five defensive stops.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman had a back-and-forth day with Brandon Marshall. Sherman gave up four catches on 11 targets and a TD to Marshall, but he also added two interceptions. DeShawn Shead had a strong coverage performance, as he was thrown at four times but only allowed one catch for 7 yards; Ryan Fitzpatrick’s QB rating when throwing into Shead’s coverage was only 39.6.

New York Jets

Quarterback grade: Ryan Fitzpatrick, 49.5

Fitzpatrick suffers yet another multiple-interception game

Ryan Fitzpatrick had another rough outing this week against the Seahawks’ defense, and didn’t hold up well to pressure; his QB rating on the 15 dropbacks he was pressured was 19.5. Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions, and while they weren’t all his fault, he also got away with a terrible throw that could have been a pick-six for a breaking Earl Thomas, who just wasn’t able to hold onto the ball. Fitzpatrick didn’t connect on any of his four deep-pass attempts (targeted beyond 20 yards).

Top offensive grades:

WR Brandon Marshall, 77.7

OT Ben Ijalana, 77.1

C Nick Mangold, 73.2

WR Quincy Enunwa, 71.0

OT Brent Qvale, 70.3 

Brandon Marshall versus Richard Sherman was worth the price of admission

Brandon Marshall and Richard Sherman battled back and forth all game long, with both complaining to referees about the physical play of the other. Marshall was covered by Sherman exclusively, and caught four of 11 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks’ top cornerback.

The Jets’ offensive line did a poor job of opening holes for their running backs against the Seahawks’ defense. The offense as a whole only generated 61 rushing yards, and 27 of Matt Forte’s 30 rushing yards came after contact. Forte only had 30 yards rushing on 15 attempts, and failed to make one tackler miss.

Top defensive grades:

DE Muhammad Wilkerson, 79.8

DT Sheldon Richardson, 78.6

LB David Harris, 77.7

DT Leonard Williams, 77.6

DB Darrelle Revis, 75.7 

Jets lose in the air

The Jets’ defensive secondary could not defend against the downfield throws of Russell Wilson. Linebacker Darron Lee and DB Calvin Pryor were targets for Wilson throughout the game, and the Seattle connection of Wilson-to-Graham was too much for the New York defense to overcome. DB Calvin Pryor was targeted six times on 25 snaps, and yielded five completions for 94 yards. Lee was targeted four times, yielding two receptions for 51 yards, both of which were Wilson-to-Graham hookups. The Jets’ defensive line was able to apply pressure to Wilson, as Muhammad Wilkerson caused havoc for the Seahawks, with a QB hit and three hurries to go along with a batted pass. Sheldon Richardson also got after Wilson, with four QB hurries and a hit.

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  • Zack23

    Ryan Fitzpatrick turning back into that pumpkin sub-.500 QB that he is; love when fans try to ignore 10 years of stats because a guy gets on a hot streak.

  • osoviejo

    Maybe, just maybe, that wretched offensive line that “can no longer be ignored” can leverage youth, athleticism, and player development into a unit that avoids being PFF’s weekly whipping boy.

    • eYeDEF

      That requires health. Ifedi will need to stay healthy.

  • Michael Terry

    So, Fitz was 4-11 for 89 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks when throwing to Marshall against Sherman, but Sherman isn’t a top performer? Those stats are a loss every time.

    Did Fitz make mistakes? Do you know why top QBs don’t throw at Sherman? Because Sherman makes you pay for those mistakes in a way that other corners don’t. On Sherman’s first pick, that wasn’t even a mistake — top QBs make that same throw against any other corner because other corners don’t turn around.

    Any grading system that doesn’t account for that is fraudulent. Sherman isn’t playing Marshall. He’s playing Marshall/Fitz, and he torched them for a 57 passer rating. That’s championship pass defense.

    • eYeDEF

      Obviously Sherman had an impressive performance and came out the victor in the match-up with Marshall and had a bigger impact on the outcome of the game. But regardless, PFF grades on every snap and route run, and cumulatively it’s hard to argue that Sherman had a complete game when he also gave up 89 yards and a touchdown, albeit Marshall is no slouch. FYI: While a 57 passer rating sounds impressive, for Sherman that’s actually kind of high and not as impressive as I’d expect against a mediocre QB like Fitz. On some of the big yardage catches by Marshall it was clear Sherman gambled by trying to jump the route and lost. He obviously won some too, but the balance is reflected in his overall grade. If you’re complaining, just look at Marshall’s grade. It was pretty poor in spite of being perhaps their most impressive offensive weapon.

      • Darryn Frost

        But maybe it’s poor because of Sherman?

        89 Yards, one TD, 4 completions and two ints on a total of 13 targets (two to others than Marshall) is just fine. We will take that every day from RS, regardless of whether that is “the best” or not.

        • Jesse Pepin

          For Sherman, 4 catches for 89 yds and a TD sounds bad… but there was no Eric Decker to be a legit #2 WR, so he not only covered Marshall all day, but his own stats look more telling: 7 out of 11 targets on Marshall were incomplete including 2 interceptions. I’d say that puts Sherman in a pretty good light

        • eYeDEF

          Sherman’s grade wasn’t poor, it just wasn’t one of the best defensive performances on team which was the primary complaint of the OP I’m replying to. I’m just pointing out to the OP why Sherman didn’t rack up a top grade. A top grade would have been a total shutdown of Brandon Marshall. Obviously that didn’t happen even if he did get the upper hand.

    • Anonymous

      He said it was “up and down because at halftime, the stat line read: 3 catches on 5 targets, 72 yards, 1 TD. The 41 yard catch also could have been a 90 yard TD with a better pass (see Marshall come to a complete stop and still have to shoe string catch it). And one of the incompletions Marshall fell down.

      Then Marshall caught then next pass thrown his way despite a Sherman penalty. At that point, he was absolutely abusing him. Then Sherman made the play that won them the game really. It was an amazing play.

      From the point Marshall got his 4th catch, they went 0-5 with 2 INTs targeting him. Before that though, they were lighting him up.

      That’s why they said “up and down”. Because for 3 quarters Marshall was definitely winning, but when it mattered most Sherman made the plays.