Redskins-Seahawks: The basics

Redskins-Seahawks: The basics
November 26, 2011, 7:55 pm
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SEATTLE A look at the Redskins-Seahawks game on Sunday:

When: 4:05 p.m., Sunday.

Where: Century Link Field, Seattle.

TV: FOX (Ron Pitts and Jim Mora).

Radio: ESPN 980 AM, WWXX 94.3 FM, WWXT 92.7 FM (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff).

Records: Redskins 3-7, Seahawks 4-6.

Last week: Seattle won at St. Louis 24-7; the Redskins lost vs. Dallas 27-24 in overtime.

Line: Seahawks by 4.

Weather: High of 48 degrees, 70 percent chance of rain.

Injuries: Redskins Questionable: WR Niles Paul (toe), WR Donte Stallworth (foot). Probable: WR Santana Moss (hand), LB Keyaron Fox (infection), RT Jammal Brown (groin), LG Maurice Hurt (knee), RT Sean Locklear (ankle), S LaRon Landry (Achilles), LB London Fletcher (ankle), S DeJon Gomes (ankle), LT Trent Williams (knee), CB Josh Wilson (hamstring). Seahawks Questionable: DT Alan Branch (ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (ankle). Probable: S Atari Bigby (hamstring), DT Anthony Hargrove (hamstring), QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), WR Ben Obomanu (knee, ankle), WR Sidney Rice (knee).
FOUR THINGS TO WATCH1. RUN DEFENSE REBOUND
The Redskins rush defense has improved the last two weeks, allowing only 2.9 yards per carry in losses to Miami and Dallas. What has been the difference?

Very simply, the Redskins have stopped giving up the huge play in the run game. Miami had only one carry of longer than 12 yards two weeks ago and Dallas' longest attempt last week was 9 yards. And don't underestimate giving Perry Riley a chance at inside LB. He's been very active.

The next challenge is Marshawn Lynch, who has averaged 27 carries for 110.7 yards in the last three games (two wins).

Hes a violent runner, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. Hes aggressive, he runs hard and you need two, three, four guys on the ball trying to tackle him.

2. MOSS RETURN AND IMPACT
Redskins receiver Santana Moss is expected to play after missing the last four games (all losses) with a broken hand. He should make an immediate difference.

Jabar Gaffney and Fred Davis benefited from Moss' absence, combining for 39 catches during those games. But now they'll really benefit.

Once Moss proves he's right physically, defenses must pay attention to him, which takes their focus slightly away from Gaffney and Davis.

3. THE BANGED-UP TACKLES
Former Redskin Chris Clemons has eight of Seattle's 19 sacks and the Redskins offensive line is banged up.

The running game showing a pulse would help slow down Clemons so Rex Grossman could use the play-action game to make Clemons at least think about playing the run.

But this is a tough match-up for left tackle Trent Williams. He's certainly less than 100 percent after his MCL strain last week. Clemons is a speed rusher and each of his three sacks last week at St. Louis came on Sam Bradford's blind-side. If he gets one early, the Redskins must think about giving Trent help.

If the Seahawks choose to move Clemons to the other side, right tackle Jammal Brown is playing through a groin injury.

4. TESTING TARVARIS
Among teams that have played 10 games, the Redskins are tied for the NFL lead with 33 sacks and Seattles offense is tied for second with 34 sacks allowed.

If the Redskins can slow down Lynch on first and second downs, it will put quarterback Tarvaris Jackson into comprising situations. First, a pectoral injury has limited his practice time on Thursday-Friday this week, he practiced fully on consecutive days for the first time in three weeks. Second, the Seahawks offense isnt built to score.

Seattle is 27th on third down, 26th in scoring and 30th in time of possession. If the Redskins get a lead, they could tee off on Jackson.

PICK: Redskins 22-14.

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