Eagles vs Seahawks - All 22 Recap and Observations
Updated: Oct 29, 2018
With the victory over the Eagles this past Sunday, the Hawks are in total control of their post-season destiny, having a 3 game lead in the NFC West and the second best overall record in the NFC behind Dallas.
Injuries While Prosise was on-track to another big statistical day prior to leaving the game, it was the injury to Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead that was most most evident. Prior to his hamstring injury, Thomas and Shead helped the defense hold Carson Wentz to a QBR of 29.5 (9 for 21, 78 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT). After Thomas's injury, Wentz's QBR went up to 88.9 (14 for 24, 140 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT). Red Zone Percentage For the second week in a row, the Hawks struggled in the Red zone, going 33% against the Eagles and 42% against the Patriots. This is an area where the Seahawks and Darrell Bevell need to improve on in the next few weeks. It seems that in the red zone, Bevell likes to call shotgun and empty looks - with route concepts that calls for a rub route involving a slant, out or fade. As of late, these sets come with Jimmy and Doug bundled on the same side which leaves one on one opportunities for the other split end which is usually Kearse, much like the one ran against the Eagles.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jermaine Kearse continues to see a significant amount of targets despite Russell Wilson's 72.7 QB Rating when targeting him. Kearse has only caught 28 of 47 targets this season and is rated as the 4 lowest WR with a 48.7 Overall grade.
On this particular play, it makes sense why Russell would target Jermaine on the slant, but Jermaine needs to win that one-on-one match-up. Jermaine is a clutch player. In a big game, when you need a tough catch, Jermaine can get it done as he's shown it time and time again. However, I would like to see more consistency out of Kearse when he is being targeted in the red zone. In a game, where every point and opportunity matters, Kearse needs to be the clutch play maker that we've come to love. As far as Bevell, I would like to see more routes in the red zone that are catered to the strengths of Baldwin and Graham. Pivot and drag routes for Baldwin with fades and seams for Jimmy. Also, I would like to see Bevell not abandon the run if it doesn't work on first down. With the line blocking improving, I would like to see Bevell not shy away from using more 22 or 12 personnel (2 TE) when in the 10 yard line.
Pass protection showed vast improvement Last week, I showed how Germain Ifedi struggled early in pass protection. This week was a completely different story as Germain was very sound in his assignments.
He stayed home, rather than chasing blocks and displayed his punching power by flooring defenders at times.
As a whole, the offensive line had one of their better games, only giving up a single sack against one of the tougher defenses in the league. On the season, the line has allowed pressure at 39.2% - 4th most in the league, but has only allowed sacks on 13.7% of passes, which is the 8th best mark in the league. (Pro Football Focus).
Russell Wilson continues to carve up defenses In watching the All 22 tape, the play I kept watching repeatedly was the TD throw to Jimmy Graham. There is no way Russell should have completed that pass and with that amount of accuracy.
The pass was a thing of beauty, one that showed off Russell's baseball experience and skill along with Jimmy Graham's athletic ability to finish the run after catch.
Russell has been exceptionally good with the deep ball this season, completing 24 of 43 passes that are thrown 20+ yards down the field for 5 touchdowns and a 129.7 QB Rating, which ranks third among all NFL QBs. Wilson attempts the 8th most deep passes in the NFL and is accurate on 55.8% of those passes, which is 5th best in the league (Pro Football Focus).
When targeting Baldwin, Wilson has a 140.2 QB Rating when targeting Baldwin, which leads all receivers with at least 30 targets, and his 87.9 overall grade ranks fourth among all receivers (PFF). Defense continues to dominate
Shamingly, it is the unsung heroes in the middle of our line that will possibly go unrecognized.
Here, we see the importance of having plugs in the middle like Rubin, Reed, and McDaniel. On this play, Clark and McDaniel occupies double teams that clears KJ for the tackle.
Kam Chancellor continues to proves his worth for a new contract. On this play, the perennial All-Pro Safety is playing the "Robber" on the Cover 3 Coverage and beautifully reads Carson Wentz's eyes for the INT.
The other perennial All-Pro defender on this defense., Bobby Wagner, displays his speed on this sack. Kris Richard called a beautiful blitz, sending Bobby from the far end of the formation. The offensive line does not account for Bobby based on his position and the blitz works to perfection.
The Seahawks appear to have their second half form going. With just 6 games left in the season, the Seahawks have only a few games left to seize the #1 seed, that's if the Cowboys slip in that time. If not, then the NFC Championship will have to go through Arlington. Go Hawks.