The Coors Light Debate Poll

During the most recent Fabulous Peltoncast, Tristan and I debated the merits of Coors Light. After hearing our positions, it’s time to get yours: Who won the debate?

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Fabulous Peltoncast No. 3

In this week’s edition of the Fabulous Peltoncast, we discuss the Huskies and Seahawks combining for their largest margin of victory on the same weekend ever, a Sounders draw at L.A., preview the Seahawks’ big game at Houston this weekend, debate the merits of Coors Light and look at this week’s options on the fantasy football waiver wire.

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This week’s topics:
3:00 Huskies/Seahawks combined blowouts and UW recap/preview
9:30 Seahawks vs. Jaguars recap
17:30 Seahawks at Texans preview
29:00 Coors Light debate and fall beer reviews
37:30 Fantasy football

Biggest combined margin of victory

The Huskies (56-0) and Seahawks (45-17) combined to win by 84 points this weekend. Previously, the largest combined margin Tristan found was the Huskies beating Kansas State 56-3 and the Seahawks beating Indianapolis 31-3 for a combined 81-point margin on Sept. 28 and 29, 1991. Alas, that still falls short of UW’s 120-point margin in a 120-0 win over Whitman on Oct. 25, 1919.

This week’s links:
The Game wearing a Shawn Kemp jersey before punching Brandon Jennings
Larry Stone on how losing to Arizona caused Steve Sarkisian to adapt an up-tempo offense
Seahawks-Jaguars box score on pro-football-reference
Football Outsiders playoff odds
NFL rushing leaders through three games

Fabulous Peltoncast No. 2

In the second edition of the Fabulous Peltoncast, Kevin and Tristan are back to discuss what might have been one of the best sports weekends in Seattle sports history, with wins by the Sounders, Husky football (and the Storm) and the Seahawks on consecutive days. Also, an update on tailgating and the all-important move to fall beers and fantasy football discussion.

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3:00 Sounders beat RSL
5:30 Huskies beat Illinois
11:30 Seahawks beat 49ers
25:30 Best Seattle sports weekend ever?
30:30 Tailgating/fall beers
37:30 Fantasy Football

Links

Grantland’s fall TV comedy preview
Seattle Times on Sounders depth
ESPN’s Heisman Watch
Pro-Football-Reference box score
Football Outsiders snap counts
Robert Mays on the Seahawks being the NFL’s coolest team

Bishop Sankey

Here are some of the stats on UW running back Bishop Sankey I discuss during the podcast. Over the last seven games, dating back to last year’s Cal game, Sankey has rushed for 1,142 yards. That figure would rank 10th in Washington history for a single season.

Two Huskies have had better seven-game stretches. Napoleon Kaufman rushed for 1,224 yards over the last two weeks of 1993 and the first five of 1994 and Corey Dillon had 1,192 over the final seven games of 1996, including the Holiday Bowl.

If we take Sankey’s last 13 games (the equivalent of a full season) dating back to the Portland State game in 2012, he’s rushed for 1,726 yards, which would be surpass Dillon’s 1996 campaign (1,695) for the most in Washington history — albeit in 13 games instead of the 12-game season Dillon played.

Lastly, Sankey has totaled 369 yards in the first two games. Besides being the most in the NCAA on a per-game basis, as best I can tell it’s the most ever for a Husky through two games to start the season. Kaufman had 363 yards in the first two games in 1994.

The Inaugural Fabulous Peltoncast

Welcome to The Fabulous Peltoncast, a podcast covering Seattle sports, tailgating, fantasy football, pop culture and whatever comes to mind hosted by your humble blogger and my brother, Tristan.

In this week’s inaugural episode, we look back on the Seahawks’ victory over Carolina and ahead to this weekend’s matchup with San Francisco, talk about a big weekend in Seattle sports — including Washington traveling to Chicago to take on an Illinois team that looked surprisingly spry last Saturday, talk about tailgating for the Seahawks-49ers game and wrap it up with some observations from the first week of the Two Hundred Sickness fantasy league.

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If you want to skip around, here are this week’s segments:
2:30 Seahawks recap/look ahead
18:30 Seattle sports weekend/Huskies at Illinois
25:00 tailgating
38:00 fantasy football

Links referenced in this week’s Peltoncast:

Pro-Football-Reference.com Seahawks-Panthers box score
Field Gulls on the read option
Field Gulls on Sherman Effect
Bill Barnwell on the Chip Kelly Offense
Football Outsiders on Illinois-Washington
Ju(i)cy Lucy Wikipedia page

Welcoming Back the Seahawks’ Third-Down Weapon

On a day where the Seattle Seahawks could never get their run going in Carolina — at least not until the final clock-killing drive — third downs loomed larger than usual. And nobody was better at converting with possession on the line than slot receiver Doug Baldwin. Quarterback Russell Wilson looked Baldwin’s direction four times on Sunday and came up with completions and first downs all four, including a tiptoe catch along the sideline on a ball Wilson appeared to be throwing away.

Not only was Baldwin the Seahawks’ best option on third down — Wilson completed just two other third-down throws for first downs, one apiece to starting wideouts Sidney Rice and Golden Tate — his four catches good for first downs were tied for fourth in the NFL this weekend.

Such third-down heroics are nothing new for Baldwin. As a rookie in 2011, playing primarily with Tarvaris Jackson, the undrafted Baldwin was one of the league’s most productive players on third down, catching 25 passes (tied for seventh in the NFL) for 23 first downs (fourth). Here’s how Baldwin compared to the NFL’s other third down leaders:

Player             T    C   FD    C%     FD%   FD/C   Y/T
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Roddy White       52   35   29   .673   .558   .829   8.4
Nate Washington   45   29   20   .644   .444   .690   8.0
Antonio Brown     44   28   25   .636   .568   .893   9.9
Victor Cruz       39   27   22   .692   .564   .815  17.9
Wes Welker        44   26   24   .591   .545   .923   7.3
Davone Bess       42   26   13   .619   .310   .500   5.9
Doug Baldwin      42   25   23   .595   .548   .920   9.7
Darren Sproles    32   25   12   .781   .375   .480   7.0
Austin Collie     45   23   22   .511   .489   .957   6.2
Steve Johnson     40   23   15   .575   .375   .652   8.1

Baldwin’s performance on third downs was nearly identical to fellow undersized, undrafted Wes Welker. As compared to the other most frequent third-down targets, Welker and Baldwin (and Austin Collie) were most efficient at turning their completions into first downs more than 90 percent of the time. The only difference? Baldwin also mixed in enough yards after catch to rank third in yards per target. (Related: Victor Cruz, whoa!)

Such play convinced Football Outsiders to rank Baldwin No. 1 on their list of top 25 “prospects” (young players without starting experience or elite draft pedigree) entering last season. But while the rest of the Seahawks’ receiving core improved with Wilson replacing Jackson under center, Baldwin wasn’t nearly as effective during a sophomore campaign that was plagued by injury. He came up with just eight first downs on 13 completions among the 23 passes Wilson threw him on third down.

Over such a small sample, Baldwin’s decline on third down could have been nothing but noise; he came up a yard short of the sticks three times, and turning those plays into first downs would have been enough to make him a much more effective player. However, Baldwin got worse across every down; his DVOA (Football Outsiders’ measure of per-play effectiveness) dropped from 14.2 percent better than average and tops among the team’s receives to right at league average and far worse than Rice and Tate.

On the “Fifth Quarter” postgame show, Baldwin provided an alternative explanation, pointing out that the hamstring injury that sidelined him during training camp prevented him from getting needed work with Wilson. Indeed, this year’s Football Outsiders Almanac notes that Baldwin got better as the 2012 season went on.

Now healthy and with the benefit of a full camp with Wilson, Baldwin appears to have the timing he needs to be a factor on third downs. That’s a big addition to what was already a potent Seahawks passing attack.

Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Play Index was invaluable in calculating these stats.