The playoffs are upon us. First up for the Seahawks is the Washington Redskins and rookie QB Robert Griffin III. I’m going to be taking a look at this game through a number of different lenses over the next few days, but I thought I’d start by taking a look at the 2 teams from a statistical point of view
(all stats except win and turnovers are “per game” stats)
Wins vs. Teams With Winning Records
Total Yards Against
Yards Per Pass Attempt
Defensive Yards Per Pass Attempt
Yards Per Rush
Defensive Yards Per Rush
Off 3rd Down %
Def 3rd Down %
The first thing I see when I look at this is that the Seahawks have more wins, and have done so against a much tougher schedule. The next thing was that both teams excel at both protecting the football, and at getting turnovers from the other team.
The Seahawks clearly have the better defense. Washington is well below average on the defensive side of the ball in almost every statistical category, except one. Washington has a surprisingly decent run defense.
Offensively, the advantage belongs to Washington. The rushing attacks are roughly the same, but the Redskins are one of the few teams with a better yards per pass attempt than the Seahawks. One thing I’ve noticed though is that there’s a lot of sort throws combined with long runs that create that stat. Washington clearly has some receivers that excel at getting yards after the catch.