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Friday Round-Up: Pro Football Focus Breaks Down Geno Smith's "Bounce Back" Week 2 Performance  

Jim Wyman of Pro Football Focus takes a look at Geno Smith’s Week 2 performance and his resilience through his career.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, September 22 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Breaking down Geno Smith's Week 2 performance by PFF's analytical data.

After a disappointing 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams to kick off the season, quarterback Geno Smith led Seattle to a 37-31 overtime road victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 2. Jim Wyman of Pro Football Focus revisits quarterback Geno Smith’s performance against Detroit, and his journey to Seattle stardom.

For the second-straight season, the Seahawks' road matchup against the Lions was a high-scoring shootout that came down to the wire. With starting tackles Abraham Lucas and Charles Cross sidelined due to injury, tackles Stone Forsythe and Jake Curhan stepped up in their place. The tackles stepped up and did their part, allowing Smith to be sacked just once. Smith completed 32-41 passes, 328 yards and two passing touchdowns. In overtime, Smith's only sack preceded him going 6 for 7 for 69 yards, connecting with wideout Tyler Lockett for the walk-off score. The West Virginia alum's efforts have earned him the FedEx Air Player of the Week for the first time, after being nominated four times in 2022.

Wyman goes a step further than the box score, looking at Smith's improvement in performance from Week 1-2.

Smith recorded 63.1% of his passing yards through the air — with only 39% via yards after the catch, which is a far cry from his Week 1 performance. Against the Rams, just 40.2% of Smith's yardage was through the air and 66.1% came via yards after the catch. Smith's yards per attempt more than doubled over the previous week, as the Seahawks averaged 7.8 yards on his throws against Detroit compared to 3.7 against Los Angeles.

According to PFF's grading scale, Smith ranked No.7 for Highest QB Grades for Week 2, earning a 79.8 offense and 78.2 passing grade.

To conclude his quarterly-breakdown, Wyman breaks down Smith's game-winning drive before making a prediction about Seattle's fate in 2023.

Smith completed six of his seven passes in overtime, the one incompletion being a throwaway. On that final drive, Smith put up an 85.0 passing grade. Smith didn't play a perfect game against the Lions by any means, but he made a lot of plays and was an integral part of Seattle's first win of the season over a team many predicted in the preseason to be a division champion. With more performances like this, Seattle should be firmly in the mix to return to the playoffs.

Going into Week 3's matchup against the Carolina Panthers, Smith ranks No. 5 league-wide in completion percentage (71.6) after leading the league in 2022. But aside from the stat sheet, Smith's resilience under adverse conditions shows the team and fans just how much of a resilient quarterback the Seahawks have.

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