ReFo: Seahawks @ Redskins, Week 5

The Seahawks marched to victory on Monday Night Football, with Russell Wilson inspiring them over Washington. Ben Stockwell breaks it down.

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ReFo: Seahawks @ Redskins, Week 5

2014-REFO-WK05-SEA@WASSpotting the Seattle Seahawks a 17 point head start is rarely a recipe for victory and so it proved for the Washington Redskins who fell to their second consecutive home defeat. Unable to contain Russell Wilson in the first half they recovered somewhat in the second but were still unable to prevent the inventive duo of Wilson and Marshawn Lynch from picking up the right plays at the right time to see out the victory.

The long travel didn’t look to bother the Seahawks at all as they fired out of the blocks and but for a couple of well executed deep passes from Kirk Cousins to DeSean Jackson their defense had comfortable control of the Washington offense. A playoff matchup not even two years ago this game served as a clear reminder of how far the two teams fortunes have drifted apart since then.

Seattle Seahawks – Performances of Note

Russell Wilson, QB, +5.2

Breakdown: Somewhat of a game manager in the opening month Wilson became the focal point of the Seahawks’ attack as Washington failed to get to grips with his running threat on scrambles, option plays or even bootleg keepers. More than 40% of Wilson’s dropbacks used play action but both of his touchdown passes came off of straight drops devoid of deception; the first finding a hole in the zone and the second beating the blitz to let Marshawn Lynch do the heavy lifting.

Signature Stat: Four of Wilson’s five scrambles last night came on plays with no pressure, simply taking advantage of a lack of containment from the Washington pass rush and underneath coverage.

Bobby Wagner, MLB, +4.4

Breakdown: A strong performer ever since he arrived in Seattle two years ago, Wagner’s performances this season just keep getting better and better. He did his best work in the passing game here, pairing a sack on a well timed blitz with stellar coverage that saw him surrender -2 yards on four targets (one catch), defending two passes into his coverage.

Signature Play: Got his second pass defense of the second quarter diving around Andre Roberts on a crossing route with 07:39 left in the first half to see Washington off the field on third down.

Jon Ryan, P, +5.0

Breakdown: The Seahawks won this game in all three phases of the game with Ryan’s punting ensuring that they had the upper hand in the field position battle all night long. As ever with Ryan there were no return yards to be had with four of his punts resulting in a fair catch and one downed at the one yard line.

Signature Play: Even added a first down run to his impressive night punting, bursting through the line with 11:24 remaining in the fourth to keep the Seahawks’ final touchdown drive alive.

Washington Redskins – Performances of Note

DeSean Jackson, WR, -0.9

Breakdown: His overall grade is hurt by two early drops but his impact was undeniable and goes beyond what a single number can say about his performance. In two plays Jackson displayed his devastating threat beating the Seahawks’ coverage deep for two deep balls either side of half time that brought Washington back within a score but the Seahawks didn’t allow them any closer.

Signature Play: The touchdown catch may get more air time in the media but the corner route immediately out of half time was just as impressive, working over the top of double coverage to kick start the second half for the home team.

Bashaud Breeland, CB, -4.0

Breakdown: Taking over DeAngelo Hall’s starting role Breeland seemed to be a marked man for the Seahawks, especially early in the game. Targeted six times Breeland’s biggest problem in this game was his tackling, coming up with four misses (as many as he made) and adding a fifth on Percy Harvin’s second nullified touchdown.

Signature Stat: In his two starts at left corner Breeland’s coverage grade is a combined -5.8 in the home defeats to New York and Seattle.

Kirk Cousins, QB, +0.3

Breakdown: Not quite the displays we saw in Weeks two and three but also a marked improvement on his disastrous display against the Giants last Thursday, which up against this Seattle defense is to his credit. There were still a couple of questionable short passes but his placement on deep balls was very good, more than playing his part in DeSean Jackson’s two deep gains either side of half time.

Signature Stat: No quarterback in the league has more yards from deep passes than Cousins’ 415 yards on 22 attempts.

PFF Game Ball

Jim Haslett and his defense seemingly set up to let Russell Wilson beat them early on and he did just that, taking the game out of their hands before they knew how to respond.


| Director of Analysis

Ben joined Pro Football Focus in 2007, and has since been in charge of the company’s analysis process. He also contributes to PFF’s weekly NFL podcast.

  • RichardK

    Looking at the game stat attribution for this game, noted James Carpenter came out slightly to the good. My recollection was his penalties nullified at least one and perhaps two Percy Harvin touchdowns. Curious how his rating for penalties and overall performance was not discounted further.

    • Dohkay

      Maybe they didn’t penalize him for the BS penalty on the last Percy TD that was nullified. I’m not sure how it’s a penalty to cover your man when he falls to the ground…

      • David

        I think it was more the forearm shiver to the head they didn’t like.

        • Dohkay

          Sure it wasn’t pretty but all sorts of things like that happen in a game. Obviously most go unnoticed but it just seemed to be a pretty weak call, especially since it had no impact on a great play be Seattle.

          • [email protected]

            It was one of the worst calls ive ever seen. That is a perfect play by Carp unless there is something hidden in the film that i havent seen.

        • [email protected]

          It was a terrible call. He didn’t bodyslam the guy or drive him into the ground. He just fell on top of him to prevent him from getting up and going after his QB. Thats exactly what you are supposed to do as a OG.

        • [email protected]

          I played OG in highschool, and thats exactly what you’re taught to do. Block your guy, knock him to the ground and lay on top of him.

      • [email protected]

        Yep, that call was bs. So was his holding call which was a good acting job by the defender. As a Seahawks fan i want Carp to play exactly like that every game for the rest of his career. He was a force to be reckoned with out there.

    • [email protected]

      James Carpenter had a fantastic game. The two flags were bs. One was an acting job by a defender which happens, the other was a complete mystery call. He was knocking guys to the ground with pancake blocks, if you don’t like that kind of football i don’t know what to say.

      • Victorbarnes

        The latter penalty was for “unnecessary roughness,” which is precisely what it was. After Carpenter laid the pancake block on the defender, he thrust his arm at the defender’s head whilst the defender was already on the ground. Not only was this a shot to the head, but it was completely purposeless as the defender was already on the ground. Carpenter’s action was rough and utterly unnecessary; the flag was deserved.

        • [email protected]

          He did no such thing, he fell on him. Did his arm maybe make contact with his helmet? Big deal its made of metal. He was not throwing a punch.

  • ;alskdjf

    Wagner for all pro

    • [email protected]

      Absolutely.. Wagner is having a great year. Back to the form of his rookie season. Kam Chancellor i am really worried about, he looked like he was running half speed all day. I wish he’d just go get surgery on his foot now.

      • a;lsdfa

        looks like PFF went back after seeing the all-22 and downgraded wagner in run defense. Apparently he had a below average day defending the run…

        • eYeDEF

          How could he have a below average day when the Redskins had such a hard time running it all game?

          • [email protected]

            PFF wrote this article: After the Seahawks held Eddy Lacy to 2.8 yards per attempt and sent him off with a concussion.

          • Chris

            LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL this kid!!!

          • [email protected]

            Is that what you say when you want to disagree but have no logical argument?

          • Chris

            Do the Seahawks pay you to come on here and contest everything negative written about the team or do you do it for free?

          • [email protected]

            Statistics are evil, never hurts to say it. They are a tool of manipulation that has helped to cause death and suffering for millions.

          • Chris


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          • ;salkdfja

            You say this as if I’m bitching. I’m not. Just an observation. I’m aware that Seahawks players aren’t infallible.

          • Chris

            Did you see who my post was in response to? Not yours.

  • Lord Mad

    So D-Jax had a stellar stat line but two drops put him in the negative? Flag on the play!

    • [email protected]

      PFF’s grades arent worth the paper they are written on.

      • Chris


        • [email protected]

          Does PFF pay you to lick their hindparts or do you do it for free?

          • Chris

            For free.

          • [email protected]

            Do the Seahwawks pay you to suck each and every one of their players dicks? Or do you do it for free?

          • [email protected]

            I feel honored, my own personal troll.

      • bobrulz

        And yet you keep posting comments on their articles. Why do you keep coming here if you hate this website so much?

        • [email protected]

          Why do people come to power rankings every week? Its fun to laugh/complain about them.

        • [email protected]

          I don’t hate this website, i hate statistics because they are evil.

  • eYeDEF

    Looks like he can’t make up their mind whether to tag Chancellor or Sherman for DJax touchdown.

    • [email protected]

      Who cares? It was a perfect throw to maybe the fastest receiver in the NFL. Perfect throws beat good coverage. Especially when you add in great athletes.

      There is no defense for hitting DeSean Jackson in stride 40 yards down the field. Its just not going to happen very often.

      • eYeDEF

        I care. Accurate attribution and accountability is important. Chancellor alone should never have been left one on one on DJax. Yet it appears on that play that’s exactly what happened since Sherman was covering the X receiver on the switch from the snap and only came over to help chancellor at the last moment. That’s a mismatch waiting to be exploited and it’s no surprise it was. If the defense really drew the play call up like that then it’s a poor call. Sherman should have been covering DJax on the go route from the switch to the outside and not chancellor.

        • [email protected]

          Accountability to who? Chancellor is an employee of the Seattle Seahawks not PFF.

      • sikologik

        twice in two weeks.

        • [email protected]

          Whats your point? Seattle has been top in points allowed for 2 straight years and the year before that they were top 10. There are going to be points scored in this league, it happens.

  • Chris

    I’ve actually seen people discussing Wilson for MVP. If he plays like this all season, sure. But so far, 60% of his yards are YAC and 77% of his throws have been short of the 10 yard line. Before Monday, he was hardly being asked to do anything.

  • nogoodnamesleft90210

    Now that Unger’s listed as “questionable” for the Cowboys game, I’m trying to figure out how his backup, Steve Schilling, could get a -1.4 grade (all for run blocking) in only 4 snaps. Is he the worst backup in the league??

    I re-watched the segment where Schilling replaced Unger. It was the final 3 plays in the TD drive that made it 24-10 (the next, final offensive series Unger returned). I checked a “snap count” list from another site and they only listed Schilling with 3 snaps, so either PFF is wrong or Schilling snuck in a snap somewhere earlier in the game that I couldn’t find. Anyway, on the 3 plays I saw:

    1) 3rd & 1: Lynch run up the middle. Shotgun snap from Schilling is low; initially double-teams Chris Baker, then takes on Perry Riley. Riley knocks him back, Lynch cuts back and gains 2 for the first down. MY TAKE: Slight negative for the low snap, blocking looks like a 0 to me. Riley knocks him back but that is what left the cutback lane open.

    2) 1st & goal: Turbin off-tackle run to the right. Schilling is blocking Chris Baker, who makes the tackle. Schilling doesn’t control his man, but it’s a difficult block because Baker is basically running perpendicular to him, and then Turbin runs right into him instead of cutting it back. MY TAKE: Baker and the rest of the d-line was flowing hard to the right, Turbin should have cut it back to the middle, Schilling didn’t make a great block but I’d look at it as a 0 or slight negative at worst.

    3) 2nd & goal: Pass play. Washington blitzes. Schilling barely engages his man before Wilson dumps it off to Lynch, who breaks a tackle and scores TD. MY TAKE: This is obviously a 0 grade (and matches his PFF pass block grade).

    4) 4th play: Unknown.

    Conclusion: Not enough snaps to really judge Schilling. Unless I’m missing a 4th play where he gets totally blown up, I have no idea how this constitutes a -1.4 grade.