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Welcome to the Week 7 edition of Snaps & Pace, where we examine trends in play volume and game pace. It is meant to be a 30,000-foot view of upcoming contests, with the goal of identifying which matchups will – and which will not – be played on fertile fantasy soil. For a primer on why this is important, click here.
Week 6 was predictably slower-paced and lower scoring than we enjoyed the first five weeks. Well, Mike Zimmer wasn’t enjoying it, but at least he’ll get this week off. We now have the opposite dilemma of last week when forecasting play volume, as there are plenty of matchups with up-pace potential and not many clear slogs. Life is rough, but we press on to Week 7.
Up In Pace
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks have been resting since the Vikings futilely tried playing keep-away during their Week 5 game. Hopefully they haven’t rethought the strategy that’s led them to passing at the third-highest rate while games are within one score (63%). Seattle is operating at the eighth-quickest situation-neutral pace according to the RotoViz Pace App, and as a result of their newly-enlightened approach, Seahawks games average the third-most combined plays (136) and second-most total points (60.8).