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Saturday night in at the Los Angeles Coliseum
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it was a showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys www.theseahawksfanshop.com/Barkevious-Mingo-Jersey , with the victor getting the opportunity to advance to the NFC Championship Game against the victor of Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. The Rams brought their high powered offense to the game to take on the Cowboys stout defense, a defense that just a week before had stymied the running game of the Seattle Seahawks by consistently beating the Hawks up front. While the Hawks could never get their ground game going, finishing their Wild Card appearance with just 73 rushing yards, the Rams ran wild on the Dallas defense. L.A. put up nearly four times as many rushing yards as the Hawks had in the previous week, tallying up 273 rushing yards against what had been a top five defense against the run. In any case, that brings up the question about what was so different between the two games that led to the stark contrast in performances? Obviously, as in any such explanation, there are a myriad of variables that come into play for analysis, but the simple version is that the Cowboys stacked the box to stop the run more against Seattle than they did against the Rams. I won’t waste too much time explaining the data www.theseahawksfanshop.com/Ed-Dickson-Jersey , as it seems easier to simply lay the data out to be looked at. So, here are the rushing attempts by the Seahawks running backs against Dallas in the Wild Card game with the yards gained and the number of defenders in the box. Seattle rushing attempts against Dallas in Wild Card with box countsDrive and PlayWild CardOffensive BlockersBox DefendersDrive and PlayWild CardOffensive BlockersBox DefendersAnd then let’s look at the data for the Rams in their triumph over the Cowboys. Rams rushing attempts against Dallas with box countsRush Attempt NumberRunnerBox CountYards GainedRush Attempt NumberRunnerBox CountYards GainedIn short, let me break it down very quickly and look at how each of the teams performed against different boxes. Rushing stats against box counts for Seahawks and Rams versus CowboysBox CountSeattle Percentage of Rushing AttemptsSeattle YPCLA Percentage of Rushing AttemptsLA YPCBox CountSeattle Percentage of Rushing AttemptsSeattle YPCLA Percentage of Rushing AttemptsLA YPCBasically, as others have shown elsewhere, the best way to generate a consistently good running game is to run into lighter boxes, and that is what the Rams offense does. Sean McVay and company spent the regular season fostering an offense that gets receivers open and creates the threat of scoring from anywhere on the field on any play. That means that defenses have to respect that, because while only barely ten percent of all running plays result in a gain of ten or more yards, when it comes to the passing game, 27.43% (5 www.theseahawksfanshop.com/Jaron-Brown-Jersey ,199 of 18,953 plays) of all passing plays in the NFL in 2018 went for ten or more yards. In short, the Rams spent the 2018 season establishing the pass, and the Dallas defense was more concerned about stopping the pass than it was about stopping the run. Monday I took a look at how big a week it is for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks with one of his fellow co-conspirators set to appear in court Tuesday. Well, that hearing came and went..." The OffseasonIt seems safe to project that Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks will be on the field in 2019New,38commentsPDTMonday I took a look at how big a week it is for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks with one of his fellow co-conspirators set to appear in court Tuesday. Well, that hearing came and went and Mark Wayne Ramsey, the third person charged in the insider trading scheme became the first of the three parties to not enter a plea of guilty. In court Tuesday, Ramsey entered pleas of not guilty to all five felony charges he faces in the case www.theseahawksfanshop.com/Tre-Flowers-Jersey , including four counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Then almost as soon as the guilty plea had been entered and I posted a piece here on why a quiet Monday was good news for Kendricks and Damilare Sonoiki, Sonoiki’s sentencing hearing which had been scheduled for later this month was postponed yet again. So, with Sonoiki’s sentencing hearing pushed back to the Monday after Week 4 of the 2019 season, and no date currently set for Kendricks to be sentenced, it most certainly appears that the Hawks defense will have a corps of linebackers made up of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks. That is not just the best linebacker trio in the the NFC West, it’s arguably the best trio of linebackers across the NFL, and if they can all stay healthy, the run defense for the Seahawks should certainly be improved over 2018. In any case www.theseahawksfanshop.com/David-Moore-Jersey , if Ramsey is to proceed to trial and Kendricks is to appear as a witness against his childhood friend, it seems probably that Kendricks will remain free for the foreseeable future. As anyone with anything related to the legal system, trials do not happen quickly and this process could drag on for months, possibly even years. In any case, while the sentence that will be handed down to Kendricks remains unknown, every update that comes along seems to indicate stronger and stronger that he will, at a minimum, be available to the Hawks in 2019.
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