For all of the pre-season hype the Washington Redskins received going into this season, very little of it has actually materialized. At home last week, the ‘Skins were again embarrassed by a divisional rival and Kirk Cousins clearly looks overmatched. Unfortunately for Washington, it’s not going to get any easier for them as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to do battle with a stellar Seattle Seahawks side.
Seattle enters Week 9 with a 5-2 record and know they’ll want to keep pace for the divisional crown with the upstart L.A. Rams. Meanwhile, the Redskins look beat down and depleted. Following a pair of tough losses in their past two weeks, sitting at 3-4, it is clearly now-or-never for Washington if they want to maintain their playoff hopes.
Please read on below for a full game breakdown, analysis, and a betting prediction for Week 9’s late slate of games – featuring Seattle and Washington.
Redskins vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +8 (-110)
@ Seattle Seahawks -8 (-110)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Redskins vs. Seahawks Pick:
The biggest issue right now for Washington, is the current state of their offensive line. It’s badly depleted entering Sunday afternoon’s contest, and it remains to be seen what kind of relief they will receive. It has been reported that they will likely be down four starting players from the O-Line, and this certainly isn’t ideal as they prepare to take on a vicious Seattle defensive front. Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson are fully healthy and raring to apply all kinds of pressure on the Redskins’ backfield.
All this being said, if they Redskins do get some offensive line help/relief before the game, they might be able to do some good things on offense. Spencer Long and Trent Williams are both listed as questionable as of Saturday night, and if just one of them could play – it could give Cousins the necessary boost required. If he can get a bit of time and space in the pocket, it may just give Washington the tools to pick apart the Seattle secondary. This is a unit that has struggled badly of late, and is simply getting by based on its past reputation. The ‘Legion of Boom’ is no more, and Richard Sherman is regressing before our eyes, and Earl Thomas is clearly banged up. Washington might just be able to move the chains through the air on Sunday.
The Seahawks on the other hand recognized their own offensive line problems, and went out and traded for Duane Brown from the Texans at the deadline. It was a key pickup, but he won’t be all that impactful in game one. Especially when you consider that Redskins’ linebacker Ryan Kerrigan typically rushes the edge from the other side. The Seahawks are awful at right tackle – with Germain Ifedi having no shot to slow down the pacy Kerrigan. I expect him to be chasing Russell Wilson around all game long on Sunday.
Beyond that, Wilson is finally back into a groove with his throwing downfield. He torched the Texans’ secondary, but Washington will likely offer more resistance – as Josh Norman has recently come back into the fold. The ‘Skins defense could hold the ‘Hawks in check.
This spread is just too high for a Seattle offense that hasn’t show me enough yet this season. If Cousins gets half-decent protection, he’ll be able to find his speedy receivers downfield and can pick apart Seattle’s secondary at a higher rate than Wilson can likely thrown on Washington’s. There are many injuries to consider here so definitely take a look at the Sunday inactive lists, but for right now – the Redskins getting a full 8 points seems like a decent call in this one.
PICK = Redskins +8 (-110)