The Seahawks sure are a mouthy bunch for an 11-5 wild card team.
--Cornerback Richard Sherman said that he wasn’t particularly concerned with any of the Redskins’ wide receivers.
--Linebacker Bobby Wagner said that the Redskins are “not gonna run on us.”
--Linebacker Leroy Hill said of the Redskins offense, “We’ve seen it before . . . We’ll be ready.”
Ex-players are also getting into the act.
--Former Pro Bowl fullback Mack Strong: "I just feel like you line their 53 up against our 53, I think we win by at least 10 points."
(h/t to The Sports Bog for the above)
It’s not just the players. Radio hosts, bloggers, and fans seem to be unanimous in believing that the Redskins simply don’t have a chance against the juggernaut that is the Seattle Seahawks.
Not so fast, my wet and caffeine-stressed friends. In order:
--I don’t recall seeing Golden Tate or Sidney Rice on all-NFL ballots or seeing any defensive coordinators staying up late game planning for either one of them.
--I checked and the Seahawks ranked 23rd in average yards allowed per carry. Any words about not running against them ring rather hallow.
--And the Seattle defense has seen the read option stuff in practice before but Russell Wilson didn’t really run it until midseason. The Redskins’ defense has seen it since the first day of training camp.
--The last time the 53’s lined up against each other was last November and the Redskins won 23-17. And Washington had Rex Grossman at quarterback. (OK, to be fair, the Seahawks had Tavaris Jackson at QB.)
The big difference between the two teams is that the Redskins are going about their business and getting ready for the game while it seems that some Seahawks seem to want to talk about what they are going to do to their opposition. I guess both approaches have merit but most successful teams employ the Redskins’.
This game is a tossup. The Redskins were a little better offensively earlier in the year, especially, before Robert Griffin III’s knee injury and have been a little better defensively in recent games. Seattle was more solid defensively in the first half of the year but has slipped lately. Their offensive numbers came on like gangbusters late, fattened up considerably during their stretch from Weeks 14-16 when they scored 150 points. That impressive burst of football, which came against one very good team in the 49ers, and two teams that fired their head coaches on Black Monday, did fluff up their stats considerably.
The Redskins are at home and that means that the Seahawks are on the road. Seattle’s three road wins this year came against the pathetic Bills in Toronto, the Panthers when they were playing their worst football, and against a Bears team that had lost two out its last three and was in the midst of one of the worst collapses in NFL history. On the road they lost to the Cardinals, Lions, Dolphins.
This one will come down to the home field. It will be close throughout with the Redskins getting a late score to go ahead. Seattle will be rattled by the noise at FedEx Field and won’t be able to pull off the win. The Redskins survive and advance.
Redskins 24, Seahawks 20