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Week 9: Seahawks vs Redskins Picks & Predictions
Check out which side the national media is predicting to win Sunday's matchup between the Seahawks and Redskins at CenturyLink Field:
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com sees a 29-20 Seattle victory, "There's some cause for concern with the possibility that Seattle could be without All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas against Kirk Cousins and a Washington passing offense that ranks fourth in yards per attempt and eighth in yards per game. The good news: The Seahawks have a much more viable backup in Bradley McDougald than they had last season, when their pass defense fell apart once Thomas went down. The Seahawks are confident that newly acquired left tackle Duane Brown will provide an immediate upgrade to an offensive line that badly needed one. With their top weakness addressed and Russell Wilson off to the best statistical start of his career, there's a lot to like about the Seahawks' chances in this game -- especially since it's at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks have the NFL's third-best home record since Pete Carroll took over in 2010."
John Keim at ESPN.com predicts a 26-17 Seahawks win, "The Seahawks have won 27 of their past 33 home games, including all three this season. Add to that the injuries Washington is dealing with -- tight end Jordan Reed, left tackle Trent Williams, right guard Brandon Scherff and receiver Jamison Crowder -- and their task is even tougher. There's a chance four backups will start along the line Sunday. If the Redskins are to win, they must take advantage of a defense that allows 4.58 yards per carry (26th in the NFL). The Redskins' 13th-ranked passing defense will be tested by the third-ranked passing offense. They're 0-4 vs. high-level mobile quarterbacks."
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com sides with the Seahawks, 26-21, "The Redskins couldn't ask for a worse matchup. Down at least three starters on the offensive line, flying out to Seattle to face that front seven isn't ideal. If the Cowboys' rush presented problems (Dallas forced a Kirk Cousins fumble and a batted ball that decided the game last Sunday), can you imagine what the Seahawks will do with a bunch of nutso Sounders fans screaming their collective heads off? That said, this game will be close, as the Redskins' pass rush can make life equally tough for Russell Wilson, even with Duane Brown now protecting the QB's blind side. It would serve both teams to run the football, which neither has done consistently. Intriguing matchup: Chris Thompson vs. Seattle linebackers."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com picks Seattle over Washington, 27-17, "The Seahawks are coming off an impressive offensive showing against the Texans behind Russell Wilson, while Washington struggled in a loss to the Cowboys. This is a long trip and the Redskins are banged up on the offensive line. That’s not a good thing at Seattle with that defensive front."
Chris Simms at BleacherReport.com gives an edge to the Seahawks at home, 24-20, "If the Washington Redskins were at full strength, this would be a really tough matchup for the Seahawks. Even though Josh Norman is back, the Redskins are still an injury-hampered team right now. I don't know how much of that Washington can overcome on the road against Seattle."
Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com picks Seattle to win 17-14, "Washington’s injury-plagued offensive line is going to struggle against the Seahawks’ defense, while Seattle’s offensive line gets a boost from the arrival of Duane Brown. That makes the difference."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com feels the same way, seeing a 28-20 Seahawks victory, "Seattle keeps getting better and better, and eventually they’ll be locking up the No. 1 seed in the conference."Read