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DVOA Week 8 Preview: Seattle Seahawks Enter the chat

DVOA Week 8 Preview: Seattle Seahawks Enter the chat

Seahawks QB Geno Smith

Seahawks QB Geno Smith

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The Seattle Seahawks aren’t just atop the NFC West standings. They are also ranked sixth in Monday Night Football DVOA.

Geno Smith and the Seahawks rank sixth in offensive DVOA after a 27-13 Week 8 win over the New York Giants. The Seahawks’ defense improved to 12th after allowing just 3.5 yards per play and forcing two turnovers on Sunday. His special teams ranks ninth in the NFL, with Jason Myers 17-for-18 on field goals (4-for-4 from 50+ yards).

The Seahawks rank sixth in the NFL with 6.02 net yards of offense per play and third with 5.3 net yards per play rushing. Thanks to Smith and offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s unpredictable but careful game plans, his 1.6 percent interception rate is sixth best in the league. The Seahawks are tied for fifth at +3.

Noteworthy for the Seahawks’ passing game: Professional football reference he holds the Seahawks to just 17 “bad throws” and a 7.0% bad throw percentage, both of which are the best numbers in the NFL. Smith himself leads the NFL with a poor 6.6% field goal percentage; I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Carson Wentz leads the NFL with 21.2%. Despite Tyler Lockett’s touchdown pass against the Giants, the Seahawks’ receivers have been loaded with just seven dropped passes, the fourth-lowest total in the NFL.

The Seahawks defense, very leaky early in the season, has allowed less than 400 yards and less than 5.0 yards of net offense per play in each of the last three games, holding opponents to 15-for-47 on scrimmage conversions. third parties and 2-. of-9 on fourth downs in that span.

If all the rankings for the sixth-ranked Seahawks in the last two paragraphs started to blur, it’s because it’s getting harder and harder to crack the top 5 in DVOA. The Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys held onto the top three spots with another week of convincing wins. The Baltimore Ravens moved past the idle Kansas City Chiefs into fourth place with their Thursday night win over the Buccaneers, who dropped a bit but remain ninth overall despite a 3-5 record.

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