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PFF Week 11 Preview: Atlanta Falcons versus Seattle Seahawks


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Matchup: Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense

  • WR Julio Jones vs. CB Shaquill Griffin – Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a season ending Achilles injury last week and will unfortunately miss not only what would have been a marquee matchup this week, but also the remainder of the season. Instead, rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin will step in to fill the massive void left behind by Sherman. Griffin has held his own so far this season by registering an overall grade of 75.0, which ranks 58th among cornerbacks in overall grade. The Falcons will likely test Griffin early and often with an All-Pro over their own in wide receiver Julio Jones. While Jones has not found the end zone very often this season, he still has maintained his elite level of play as he ranks first among wide receivers in yards per route run with an average of 2.88.

Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

  • RB Tevin Coleman vs. LB Bobby Wagner – The Falcons will be without the top-graded running back in the NFL in Devonta Freeman as Freeman suffered a concussion that will keep him out for Week 11. In his place, the Falcons will feature RB Tevin Coleman, who is a more than capable replacement for Freeman. While Freeman has earned the ninth-best elusive rating among running backs in the NFL so far this season, Coleman has also sported a respectable elusive rating of his own at 42.5, which ranks 24th out of 40 qualified running backs. In an attempt to slow down Coleman this week, the Seahawks will counter with linebacker Bobby Wagner who is as good of linebacker as the come. Throughout his career, Wagner has been one of the best run stopping linebackers in the NFL and this season has been no different. Through Week 10, Wagner ranks tied for fourth among 53 qualified linebackers in run-stop percentage at a rate of 12.5 percent.
  • T Ryan Schraeder vs. Edge Michael Bennett – The matchups between Falcons skill players and their defensive counterparts will start up front along the line of scrimmage, where Seahawks’ edge defender Michael Bennett will go up mainly against Falcons’ right tackle Ryan Schraeder. Bennett ranks 25th among edge defenders in overall grade with a grade of 84.1. Schraeder has had a decent so far as he ranks tied for 38th among all tackles in overall grade with a grade of 70.6.

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Match Up: Seattle Seahawks offense vs. Atlanta Falcons defense

Seattle Seahawks, pass blocking efficiency

  • WR Paul Richardson vs. CB Desmond Trufant – With Paul Richardson splitting time on both the left and right side, expect these two to meet when he goes to the far right. Richardson has receptions of 35 or more yards in three of his last four games and has four such receptions this season. Trufant has given up one pass of 25 or more yards on the season only once, while the longest pass he has given up in any game has averaged only 15 yards. Hitting the homerun ball has been huge for the Seahawks this season, as they have averaged 33.3 points per game when Richardson has caught a pass of 37 or more yards, as compared to only 15.6 when he doesn’t.
  • WR Doug Baldwin vs. CB Brian Poole – Baldwin has run the fourth-most routes from the slot since Week 6 (112) among all wide receivers, while averaging 1.97 yards per route run. That mark ranks fifth among all receivers in that time span, but he is the only receiver with at least 100 routes run from the slot to average more than 1.67 yards per route run. The guy that will see the most of him will be slot cornerback Brian Poole. Poole has allowed the 11th-highest passer rating into his coverage when in slot coverage with a mark of 100.1, and has allowed an average of 1.38 yards per coverage snap against him (eighth highest) on 244 slot coverage snaps. The last two times the Seahawks and Falcons played 2016, Baldwin did not see one target in Poole’s coverage, with one of those games coming in the divisional playoffs.
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1 hour ago, lostnmexico said:

Am I the only one who thinks this is the week Julio explodes against the rookie CB?!

That's really dependent on Ryan. He's missed on a number of explosive passes where Julio was open down the field. And then of course the one that's finally on the money, Julio drops it. Julio could probably be leading the league in yards and have a few more TDs if these two were on the same page since September. If they can figure it out for MNF, it will be a huge day. Sherman couldn't even cover Julio without committing DPI, and Earl Thomas is not gonna be able to run with Julio on his bum hamstring. There will be opportunities. 

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This is such a poorly written sentence: Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a season ending Achilles injury last week and will unfortunately will he miss not only what would have been a marquee matchup this week, but also the remainder of the season.

 

With all that Collinsworth cash, PFF could prolly afford to hire an editor. 

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7 minutes ago, DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry said:

This is such a poorly written sentence: Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a season ending Achilles injury last week and will unfortunately will he miss not only what would have been a marquee matchup this week, but also the remainder of the season.

 

With all that Collinsworth cash, PFF could prolly afford to hire an editor. 

I kept trying to read that thinking **** I left my glasses at home maybe I am missing some words, so I skipped because I got the gist. But good lawd that is horrendous

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35 minutes ago, DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry said:

This is such a poorly written sentence: Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a season ending Achilles injury last week and will unfortunately will he miss not only what would have been a marquee matchup this week, but also the remainder of the season.

 

With all that Collinsworth cash, PFF could prolly afford to hire an editor. 

It really is mind-boggling how often I see this. I guess you don't have to know how to proofread to be a sports writer - I clearly chose the wrong profession.

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2 minutes ago, Pacific_Falcon said:

It really is mind-boggling how often I see this. I guess you don't have to know how to proofread to be a sports writer - I clearly chose the wrong profession.

It shouldnt even be the writer's responsibility! I mean jesus, just have a couple copy editors. 

I write a TON for work. I mess up frequently. It's a numbers game. But we always try to have two to three sets of eyes on a given document. 

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2 hours ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

Trufant has given up one pass of 25 or more yards on the season only once

 

thats funny cuz all I’ve heard is how bad Trufant is this year from everyone and their mother 

 

 

You have to remember where you are.........we were 4-4 and people were acting like we were 0-8 being outscored 75-3 every game

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PFF confirms that Shraeder is having a down season. We really need to upgrade our Oline come the off season which is filled with overrated players and seems over-matched against good Dlines. I think we need to draft a RG/LG high, as well as an LT and kick Mattthews to RT. We can trade Shraeder to make it happen.

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3 hours ago, DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry said:

It shouldnt even be the writer's responsibility! I mean jesus, just have a couple copy editors. 

I write a TON for work. I mess up frequently. It's a numbers game. But we always try to have two to three sets of eyes on a given document. 

There's a browser extension called Grammarly and that will catch most of the errors as well.

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6 hours ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

Trufant has given up one pass of 25 or more yards on the season only once

 

thats funny cuz all I’ve heard is how bad Trufant is this year from everyone and their mother 

 

 

The same folks that call a rookie that' hasn't even played a full year yet a bust and doesn't want him to touch the field.

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2 hours ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

We are 7th in yards against the pass.. that’s an improvement by 21 from last years 28th ranked pass defense. 

 

Get some **** perspective 

I just said penalty yards don't count. I have perspective, but Trufant usually just grabs on when he's beat. He's still good but yardage means nothing when I've seen him get beat more times than they list

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