Everyone loves a good power rankings list, but we have decided to take a little bit different approach this week. Going into Week 5, where does Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford rank when it comes to one specific stat, air yards per attempt?
Air yards is an interesting stat to look at, because it really shows just how aggressive an offense has been. Are they a running team? A passing team? If they're a passing team, do they try for the home run more often, or pick you apart with short gains?
It won't shock you to learn that Stafford ranks in the top half of the NFC West, but the order might just surprise some folks. Let's get into it.
4. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Air yards per attempt: 4.3
20-plus yard attempts: 9
30-plus yard attempts: 3
40-plus yard attempts: 0
So far, the Seahawks offense has not been close to what many thought it could be in 2023. Geno Smith hasn't been the same guy he was in 2022. The consistency isn't there, even though he has plenty of weaponry to work with.
Somehow, despite being in the middle of the pack in terms of total offense (yards), the Seahawks rank sixth in the league in scoring at over 27 points per game. Just imagine if Smith hits his stride with an arsenal of D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Geno ranks 19th in the league in passing yards with 846, he's thrown five touchdowns to just one interception, but Seahawks fans would like to see more.
The passing attack has been wildly inconsistent so far, with Smith throwing for less than 120 yards in two separate games (Week 1 and Week 4), while he had a pair of games averaging over 300 yards passing sandwiched in between. If he can find a healthy medium and settle into a groove, the Seahawks' passing attack will be just fine.