This week I’m bringing you another stat you’ve probably not heard about leading up to today’s game with the Seahawks, or as my friend Doug Lee lovingly calls them, the Sea Chickens. Personally, I’m a big fan of economy, so I’m partial to Sea Chicks.
If you spent any amount of time last week following the Sea Chicks, you probably heard the media focus on what the San Francisco 49ers didn’t do as opposed to what the Sea Chicks did right. Certainly you’ve heard all about how Mike Singletary blamed his team’s headsets for a lot of the mistakes the 49ers made. Or maybe you heard Alex Smith whine about the plays not getting to the huddle efficiently (headsets, it seems, actually throw interceptions these days).
Seattle ran the ball 23 times, and from the coverage of the game, it sounded like Seattle’s running game was paltry. The stats back that assessment up, as Seattle averaged only 3.3 yards per play.
But here’s what you don’t know. Of those 23 runs, 10 of them were over right tackle Sean Locklear, for an average of 5.20 yards per play. In particular, Seattle ran over right tackle as they were killing the clock with the lead. One play in particular, a 32-yard gain in the 4th quarter, helped to inflate the average, but the average is not what you should be focused on.
You should be focused on the tendency. Just remember that of their 23 runs on opening day, 10 of them went over the right tackle, putting them first in the league in this category. These 10 runs were also more than 3 times that of runs over any other lineman.
Of course, this simply could have been the strategy Seattle was using against San Francisco, and it doesn’t necessarily mean they will try and treat Denver in the same way.
Still, if I’m Ryan McBean, Marcus Thomas, and Jason Hunter, I’ve probably taken notice.
PRE-GAME MOTIVATIONAL LIMERICK
A QB, whose name is Matt,
has a line that gets him SPLAT.
Big Ayers gonna eat
a quarterback treat,
while he grabs another sack stat.