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David Dorey
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WILDCARD
WEEK
2012
CIN at HOU IND at BAL MIN at GB SEA at WAS

Prediction: SEA 27, WAS 20 (Line: SEA by 3)

The battle of the rookie quarterbacks. Who have a great running back to rely on. Who has a great defe... Okay. So therein lies the rub. This game is yet another interesting matchup that could go either way. Seattle not only has a dominating defense, they just got back a suspended cornerback to be even better. And yet the Seahawks are only 3-5 on the road. They did win their last two road games including laying down 50 points in Buffalo. But they only have three road wins against 8-0 at home. The Skins are 5-3 at home but three of those were divisional. And the Skins remain one of the worst secondaries in the league. So - either the Seahawks play to their potential on the road or the Redskins have to step up against the best defense they have faced this entire season. The Redskins are on a seven game winning streak while the Seahawks are on their own five game winning stretch. Someone gets reminded what a loss feels like,

Seattle Seahawks
Homefield: Qwest Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @ARI 16-20 10 NYJ 28-7
2 DAL 27-7 11 BYE -----
3 GB 14-12 12 @MIA 21-24
4 @STL 13-19 13 @CHI 23-17
5 @CAR 16-12 14 ARI 58-0
6 NE 24-23 15 @BUF 50-17
7 @SF 6-13 16 SF 42-13
8 @DET 24-28 17 STL 20-13
9 MIN 30-20 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
SEATTLE Rush Catch Pass
QB Russell Wilson 50,1 - 200,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 110,1 2-20 -
TE Zach Miller - 3-20 -
WR Sidney Rice - 4-60 -
WR Doug Baldwin - 2-30 -
WR Golden Tate - 7-70,1 -
PK Steven Hauschka 2 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: Had the Seahawks won the #1 seed, the rest of the NFC would be in trouble. This is a team that has been dominating in every home game and one that has recently seen a spark offensively that exploded into big points. The important part of the defense is that they are now all back together since Richard Sherman won his appeal and Brandon Browner just concluded his suspension. That means one of the premier sets of cornerbacks will be ready to shut down the outside for the Redskins.

Russell Wilson has been on a scoring streak with multiple touchdowns in eight of the last nine games and he's even added four rushing scores in just the last three weeks. Wilson faces one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL this week but he still has never thrown a 300 yard game. Unlike Tony Romo last week, Wilson has only tossed two interceptions over the last eight games and recently is adding his own running to the offense.

The Skins have allowed big yardage to opponents that care to throw a lot but the Seahawks won't pass any more than they need to in order to win. That is why Wilson has a healthy 26 passing scores and yet 3118 passing yards.

Marshawn Lynch is on a four game streak of 100+ yard rushing efforts and scored ten times over the last nine games. He faces a Redskins defense that allowed over 100 rushing yards to the last three visitors including 121 yards and a score to Ray Rice. Lynch remains a strong start regardless of venue and the Skins won't change that.

The Skins are the worst against tight ends and allowed ten scores to the position but the Seahawks do not use their much anyway and what little ends up their way is split between Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy.

The Skins are low ranked against wide receivers as well but mostly because of the earlier part of the season when they were getting bombed regularly. At home they play much better and have only allowed four scores to their last five visitors for the wide receivers though some of that went to tight ends instead.

Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are very inconsistently used mostly because they come after the rushing offense and all combined only have one game over 100 yards - just last week by Tate. Still, facing the Skins secondary almost always means one wideout is going to score and that still doesn't really favor either receiver. Tate has seven touchdowns on the year but none in the last four weeks. Rice caught six touchdowns and also none in the last month.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 12 6 23 21 15 10
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 29 9 30 32 19 1

 

Washington Redskins
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @NO 40-32 10 BYE -----
2 @STL 28-31 11 PHI 31-6
3 CIN 31-38 12 @DAL 38-31
4 @TB 24-22 13 NYG 17-16
5 ATL 17-24 14 BAL 31-28
6 MIN 38-26 15 @CLE 38-21
7 @NYG 23-27 16 @PHI 27-20
8 @PIT 12-27 17 DAL 28-18
9 CAR 13-21 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
WASHINGTON Rush Catch Pass
QB Robert Griffin III 60 - 190,1
RB Alfred Morris 100,1 - -
TE Logan Paulsen - 2-20 -
WR Santana Moss - 3-40 -
WR Josh Morgan - 3-30,1 -
WR Pierre Garcon - 4-60 -
PK Kai Forbath 2 FG 2 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Redskins were only 3-6 going onto their bye but have never lost since week ten. Granted that was almost entirely beating up on the NFC East that is littered with self-imploding teams, but still it will probably be good enough to merit a Rookie of the Year for Robert Griffin III along with the constant blather of announcers every week. What that has not prepared this team for is to face a really good defense.

Griffin ends with 20 passing scores and seven rushing touchdowns though he had not scored on the ground again since week six until just last week. This game will be a good test for RG3 who has only thrown for three touchdowns total against the last six non-divisional opponents. Three of his last four games featured under 200 passing yards but he has been supported by a tremendous rushing effort.

Alfred Morris set the Redskins rookie record with 1610 rushing yards and his 33 carries for 200 yards and three scores on the Cowboys defense single-handedly beat them. Morris has been a force for the last six weeks with around 100 yards and a score in each game. He has no role as a receiver but he is getting 22+ carries every game.

The Seahawks are softer against the run in away games. At home - forget about it. But on the road, the Seahawks have allowed five scores to running backs over the last three road games. C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore both topped 100 yards against them in road games.

The Skins will seek to establish the run and likely see Griffin rushing more as well since the Seahawks are tops against passing and just got their secondary back. That should depress what Pierre Garcon can do and the Skins never use tight ends much anyway. Seattle won't leave the middle of the field open for running like the Cowboys just did which will force Griffin to throw and run more than he wants. One of these rookie quarterbacks are about to add to their legacy but only one of them faces a top defense.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 3 13 11 27 13 7
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 2 6 1 8 2 5

 

WILDCARD
WEEK
2012
CIN at HOU IND at BAL MIN at GB SEA at WAS

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