After a nice 2-0 day yesterday, we’ll look to end Week 5on a flawless note in what promises to be an intriguing affair between the visiting Seattle Seahawks and the host Washington Redskins. Kirk Cousins and his team are fresh off a blowout loss last week and rebounding won’t be easy against the defending Super Bowl champions, fresh off their bye week. However, it is well documented the struggles that the Seahawks typically endure when they travel away from the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field and it remains to be seen if this is a group that can be just as dominant away from home. It’s an important clash for the Redskins and Seahawks to end the week of football and we’ve got you covered at The Sports Geek. Read below for full game analysis and our official wager.
Seahawks vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks -8 (-110)
@ Washington Redskins +8 (-110)
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
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Seahawks vs. Redskins Pick:
After seeing how atrocious the Redskins looked last week, it’d be easy to just roll with the Seahawks and no doubt they’re a popular pick for tonight. But Washington isn’t nearly as bad as what they showed last week, and at home, on a Monday night, agaainst last year’s champs, they’ll turn in a motivated performance tonight. The Seahawks meanwhile remain one of the best teams in football, but it’s remarkable the difference in their play away from home. Since 2005, Seattle has covered 70% of their games at home, while only covering 40% away from the Pacific Northwest. This isn’t the same group away from home and with this being such a pivotal clash for the Redskins, I’m expecting a special effort from Kirk Cousins and Co. tonight.
It’s no secret the Seahawks boast an excellent defense, but the Chargers are a couple of weeks removed from putting up 30 on them. They can be beat, and although the Redskins will endure struggles in moving the football, their defensive pressure will keep them alive. Washington has excellent pass rushing personnel, and look for them to take full advantage of it. Russell Wilson is mobile, but the Redskins should be able to pressure him Monday evening. The likes of Jason Hatcher, Ryan Kerrigan, and Brian Orakpo will all be able to get into the backfield and be disruptive enough to prevent a Seattle onslaught.
Despite last week’s blip vs. the G-Men, the Redskins defense has the potential to be stout. They’ve given up the 8th least yards in the NFL, and have limited opposing rushers to just 3.3 yards per carry. That should bode well going against the powerful Marshawn Lynch. Meanwhile, Cousins and his Redskins can move the football. They’ve totalled the 4th most yardage thus far in the league, and the Seahawks have already conceded six passing TD’s in just three games, while allowing nearly 70% of passes to be completed. If Cousins can get some time and space in the pocket, and excecutes well, the Redskins have a shot. Again, let’s not overreact to last week’s debacle. This remains a good football team, and at home on a Monday night, they’ll be raring to go.
The Seahawks defense is excellent, but can be beaten. I am counting on an improved defensive showing from Washington, and Cousins regrounding and re-establishing the form that made him one of the best backups in the game. The Redskins are currently getting more than a touchdown at home in a primetime spot, coming off a bad loss last week. It’s a statement game and while a desperate Redskins squad won’t win tonight, they’ll turn in a solid performance and give the Seahawks another tough game away from home.