Hawkblogger is hardly the next Nate Silver, but every now and then he does some rudimentary stat posts and unearths a nugget or two.
One of the stats he posted today
blew me away.
Seattle did not start well in games 1-4, but in games 5-8 they had 7.7 YPA
(yards per attempt) and a 4.1 YPC
(yards per carry). Those are both solidly good numbers. Consider that Tom Brady finished this season with 7.6 YPA.
Then in games 9-12 those numbers jumped to 8.1 YPA
and 4.4 YPC
. 8.1 YPA is MVP caliber. Peyton Manning had a YPA of 8.0 this season. Among QBs who started most of the season, RG3 is #1 at 8.1 YPA.
Now get this, in the final four games Seattle posted an unbelievable 9.1 YPA
and a 6.2 YPC
. 9.1 YPA is unreal. Only once in NFL history (that I'm aware of) has a QB posted that kind of rate over a full season, and that was Peyton Manning in 2004 (9.2 YPA). One of his four MVP awards came that season. And 6.2 YPC is similarly ridiculous, that is Jamaal Charles territory.
I thought before the season that our offense with Wilson would be very good, but I never expected this. This is something else.