Seattle (9-4) at Washington (6-7)
Washington has a 12-8 lead in the series that actually saw the two teams play in Seattle’s inaugural season in 1976 where the then-Redskins took a 31-7 victory. Washington won the last meeting as well, 17-14 in 2017. The Seahawks have won three out of their last four games while Washington has won four in a row as the team has opened up a one-game lead in the NFC East.
Vs. The Spread
The Seahawks are 3-6 ATS in their last nine games and 1-4 against the number in their last five road games. The number has gone UNDER in Seattle’s last five games. Meanwhile, Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last five contests while the total has gone UNDER in six of Washington’s last nine games. The totals also gone UNDER in Washington’s last seven games vs. the NFC West.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Seattle||-5.5 (-109)||-240||O 44.5 (-111)|
|Washington||+5.5 (-111)||+200||U 44.5 (-109)|
The New York Jets were the panacea for any remaining Seahawks’ ills as Russell Wilson fired four touchdown passes and the Seahawks had a resurgent running game with Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde both productive at running back. The Seattle defense held the hapless Jets to 185 yards and only 3.6 yards per play.
Washington used an 76-yard interception return by Kamren Curl and a 47-yard interception return by Chase Young to roll past San Francisco, 23-15. Quarterback Alex Smith was injured and gave way to Dwayne Haskins in the third quarter.
When the Seahawks Have the Ball
The key for how far Seattle can go in potentially winning the NFC West and then going deep in the playoffs lies in keeping Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde healthy. Both running backs came back from injuries three weeks ago and coach Pete Carroll has eased them back into the lineup and they were clearly a factor last week with Carson carrying 12 times for 76 yards and a score while Hyde rushed 15 times for 66. This kind of production allows Russell Wilson to be at his best when defenses have to respect the Seattle rushing attack.
Washington’s defense has allowed only 259 total yards rushing in the last four weeks as it will be a stiff challenge for the Seattle’s rushing attack. Note that the solid statistic is synonymous with the four game winning streak as well. The pass defense has been stellar as well as three of those four opponents could only find 236 yards or less in the passing game. Pass rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young will be challenged by Wilson’s mobility. Washington has turned opponents over eight times in that span as well.
When the Washington Football Team Has the Ball
Quarterback Alex Smith’s rejuvenation and return to the lineup was a focal point in the winning streak as well. He is listed as questionable for Sunday after leaving the game with the 49ers with a calf injury. Terry McLaurin has to be a major worry for the Seahawks’ pass defense as he has 73 catches for 1,001 yards as he is the first Washington receiver since Pierre Garcon in 2016 to accrue those numbers. The Seahawks’ pass defense has gotten better over the past five weeks as it has given up only 132 yards through the air on average over the last three games. Safety Jamal Adams’ 8.5 sacks is the most for a defensive back in a single season since 1982.
NFL Betting Predictions
Winner: Seattle (-5.5) 23, Washington 16
Over-Under: Take UNDER 44.5