Seahawks Advanced Stats Of The Week: Kenneth Walker III Is Mr. Elusive

Saskia Potter / Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week for Week 3, following a two-score performance in Seattle’s 37-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers. For the second-consecutive week, Walker has rushed for two touchdowns, ranking No. 4 league-wide with four touchdowns. Advanced statistics show that Walker is gaining traction as one of the league’s most-elusive backs in 2023. Here are a few statistics suggesting the Michigan State alum is trending upwards.

Ran all the way to a NFC Offensive Player of the Week award!

So deserved, @Kenneth_Walker9!

— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 27, 2023

Opta Analyst Powered by Stats Perform

Per Opta Analytics, Walker is tied for No. 2 league-wide in missed/broken tackles per touch rate (0.3), while tied for No.8 in yards per carry (2.6) when run disruption occurs on a play.

The most missed tackles forced this season

— PFF (@PFF) September 28, 2023

Pro Football Focus

Per Pro Football Focus, Walker ranks No. 2 league-wide in forced missed tackles (19) and twelfth in yards after contact per attempt (YCO/A) 3.09. Walker is tied for sixth in missed tackles forced after a rush (14). According to PFF’s grading scale, Walker’s 75 grade ranks sixth-best of all backs, while tying for eighth in explosive runs (10-plus yards) with six (minimum 30 carries).

Opponent feature of the Week:

RB Kenneth Walker is tied for sixth in the NFL in missed tackles forced per rush attempt (0.3).

He is also tied for 17th in the NFL with 3.1 yards after contact per attempt.

Giants currently ranked 28th in tackling

— Tommy (@TommyG105) September 27, 2023

Top Rush Success rates

5. Isiah Pacheco-54.3%
4. Travis Etienne-55.1%
3. Kenneth Walker-55.3%
2. Kyren Williams-61.5%
1. D’Andre Swift-68.9%

A successful rush gains least 40% of yards required on 1st down, 60% on 2nd down, and 100% on 3rd or 4th down.#FlyEaglesFly #Seahawks

— Fansplain (@Fansplain1) September 27, 2023

Each statistic points to Walker’s ability to create extra yardage with his speed, strength and agility. With four touchdowns on the ground over his last two games, statistics show that Walker is just beginning to heat up in 2023.

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