Just What the Doctor Ordered
After a month long stretch of making teams that fell somewhere between bad or average look amazing, a trip to Atlanta to avenge last year’s divisional round loss was just what the Seattle Seahawks needed to snap out of this funk.
For the first time in what feels like half a season, the Seahawks got off to an amazing start and managed to keep the pace up as the game wore on into the second half.
The result: their most lop-sided win since their week 3 shellacking of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For the Seahawks, this game was won on offense.
They were the recipients of some of the best offensive line play I’ve seen all season by this squad, and they managed to do so without three of their starting lineman (Russell Okung, Max Unger and Breno Giacomini).
With the Seahawks finally able to control the line of scrimmage, they had their best day on the ground all season and arguably the best day in the air as well.
All that is explored and more, in this week’s edition of the “Stats Don’t Lie”
Explosive Plays for Days
Two weeks removed from having placed Sidknee Rice on injured reserve, there was an ample amount of concern regarding how it would affect the Seahawks deep passing game. Why, I couldn’t tell you – Rice had only five explosive plays (plays of 20 yards or more) to his credit and was averaging just 29 yards a game.
Now, assuming the absence of Sidney Rice were to actually hurt Seattle’s passing game, the Seahawks proved on Sunday that they were going to replace his sub-standard production by committee.
This chart posted below will show you all the contributors in the explosive passing game, with the end result of that drive listed at the end. If you’ve ever doubted the importance of explosive plays, well, have yourself a look at this chart.
|Jermaine Kearse||27 yard reception||Field Goal|
|Marshawn Lynch||37 yard run|
|Jermaine Kearse||43 yard reception||Touchdown|
|Doug Baldwin||30 yard reception||Touchdown|
|Golden Tate||46 yard reception||Field Goal|
|Doug Baldwin||27 yard reception||Touchdown|
*the asterisk is because that explosive play, was followed by another so they both resulted in a touchdown.
DangeRuss Returns to Form
Explosive plays generally lead to scoring drives, and the fact that the Seahawks were able to have six such plays that all ended with points really is something.
The more encouraging stat though from Sunday was that Russell Wilson‘s YPA (yards per attempt) was at its highest this season, with a gaudy 11.08 yards per drop-back.
High YPA generally correlates with championship caliber teams, and if Wilson can work himself into double digits more often it will certainly bode well for the Seahawks.
Oh, they do get Percy Harvin back this Sunday, so yeah, that should help.
Even at his best, over the course of Seattle’s final eight games last season, Russell Wilson was averaging just over nine YPA, so perhaps expecting him to progress to somebody who’s consistently in double digits is a bit much, but then again, Percy friggin’ Harvin!