The Seahawks' secondary played one of its best games against the Rams. Cornerbacks and safeties were consistently in position against longer pass plays. Kelly Herndon seemed particularly effective. Seattle needs more of the same to resemble a contending team. We've spent a lot of time analyzing the team's ability to stop big plays. Through nine games, here are some numbers to consider:
Seattle's offense has 12 pass plays of 20-29 yards and 10 pass plays of 30-plus yards. Opponents have 11 pass plays of 20-29 yards and 11 of 30-plus yards. Not much difference there. Seattle's opponents do have more pass plays in the 15-19-yard range (26-19). All in all, there is not much disparity. Opponents have completed 21 more passes.
Seattle's ground game holds a 10-2 advantage in running plays of 15-19 yards. Seattle also holds a 4-1 advantage in runs of 20-29 yards. That is a 14-3 advantage in runs of 15-29 yards. Opponents hold a 4-2 advantage in runs of 30-plus yards. That gap will close if the Seahawks continue running the ball the way they have over the last two weeks.