The 5-3 Seahawks return home this weekend for their Week 10 matchup against the 4-5 Washington Commanders. Here are five things to know about their NFC opponent ahead of Sunday's Week 10 matchup.
Sam Howell: Air Attack
After appearing in just one game last season as a rookie, Commanders quarterback Sam Howell leads the NFL's No. 9-ranked passing attack (242 YPG) in his second season. The University of North Carolina alum currently ranks second league-wide in passing yards (2,471), along with 14 passing touchdowns and one rushing score. Howell is currently completing 66 percent of his passes, recording consecutive 300-yard games over the past two weeks.
Seattle's pass rush will look to get home against Howell, who is currently the league's most-sacked quarterback (44).
Brian Robinson Jr.: Commanding the Run
Second-year running back Brian Robinson Jr. leads Washington's rushing attack, gaining 447 yards with five touchdowns on 113 carries. In addition to setting a new career-high in rushing touchdowns, the Alabama Crimson Tide alum has seen increased receiving targets. In 2022, Robinson caught 9-of-12 targets for 60 yards (6.7 YPC) and a score; through nine games in 2023, Robinson has 14 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
After giving up a season-worst 298 rushing yards to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9, Seattle will look to slow down Washington's versatile second-year back.
Terry McLaurin: WR1
Fifth-year Commanders wideout Terry McLaurin is on pace for his fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard season through nine games, with 47 receptions for 568 yards and two touchdowns. The Ohio State alum has scored just once since September, yet remains the primary target for quarterback Sam Howell. McLaurin currently ranks 17th in the league in targets with 71, including three games of 10-plus targets in his last six. In two matchups against Seattle (2020, 2021) McLaurin caught a combined 11 passes for 128 yards. Seattle will look to keep McLaurin out of the endzone and from making an impact on Sunday.
Benjamin St-Juste: Pardon The Interruption
Commanders' third-year cornerback Benjamin St-Juste continues to blossom in 2023, as he continues to be a disruptor for opposing offenses through the air. In 2022, St-Juste recorded seven passes defensed in 12 games. Coming into Week 10, the Minnesota alum leads the league with 12 passes defensed, per Pro Football Focus. St-Juste nabbed his first-career interception in Week 6's 24-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Front-Seven Shake Up: New-Look Pass Rush
Last week, the Commanders shook up their roster by trading their top-two pass rushers, defensive ends Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Striking just before the trade deadline, Washington dealt Young (5.0 sacks) to the San Francisco 49ers and Sweat (6.5 sacks) to the Chicago Bears. The absence of the dynamic duo was felt in Washington's Week 9 20-17 win over the New England Patriots, as the team went without a sack. As Washington's defensive line works to establish a new identity, Seattle will look to protect quarterback Geno Smith.
Emmanuel Forbes: Paying Dues
Commanders' first-round rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes has been learning the ropes against some of the league's best receivers through seven games played, including Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown and Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs. But the Mississippi State alum hasn't run from the challenge of growing pains, combining for 23 tackles, eight passes defensed and an interception. In Week 9's 20-17 win over New England, Forbes recorded three passes defensed, earning the Commanders' highest defensive grade, per Pro Football Focus (91.3). Forbes prepares to face a Seattle offense with several receiving weapons, as Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Jake Bobo have each recorded multiple scores in 2023.
The Seahawks and Commanders face off on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Commanders.