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Bernie Miklasz and I couldn't shut up during our latest conversation on 101ESPN St. Louis.
No surprise there.
We wound up adding a second segment to continue discussing Seattle's victory over Washington in the wild-card round and the upcoming matchups involving the Seahawks (at Atlanta) and San Francisco 49ers (vs. Green Bay).
Here's the audio, and here are some of the subjects we discussed:
Why an offensive-minded head coach makes sense for Arizona
Perspective on Chris Clemons' season-ending injury
Robert Griffin III's injury and St. Louis' trade with Washington
Why the Green Bay-San Francisco game is tough to handicap
While I've got you here, I'll pass along a chart I had intended to run separately. Seattle has had some troubles against the blitz recently, taking eight sacks over its past two games when opponents rushed five or more defenders. This chart shows how quarterbacks have fared against the Falcons' added pressure on third down this season. I filtered for third down after Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Atlanta generally saved its pressure tactics for third down.
We're talking about relatively few plays per game, but some of the numbers are interesting. So is this one: Seattle allowed a league-low 27.0 NFL passer rating and collected nine sacks, tied for fourth-most in the NFL, when sending five-plus pass-rushers on third down. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ranks 14th in passer rating (84.8) and 19th in Total QBR (37.0) in these situations. I wonder if we'll see more pressure tactics from Seattle as the team plays minus Clemons, its top pass-rusher.
2012 Third-Down Total QBR vs. Falcons' 5+ Pass-Rushers