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Seattle vs. Washington betting?
Headline: NFC Wild Card Showdown – Seahawks Head to Washington for Potential Classic
In what could be the game of the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks head out on the road to take on the Washington Redskins in a battle of the Super Rookies. Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III will capture all of the headlines ahead of Sunday’s clash and rightfully so but it may be some roll players that determine the outcome of this contest.
Seattle Seahawks (11-5) vs. Washington Redskins (10-6)
Date/Time: Sunday, January 6, 4:30 PM ET
Venue: FedEx Field
Seahawks vs. Redskins Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Seahawks -3 (-110)
Moneyline: Seahawks -155: Redskins +135
Over/Under: 46 points
Stud rookie QBs, top tier running games and two teams peaking at the right time with seven wins in their last eight games – I can’t wait!
The Seattle Seahawks made no bones about what type of team that they were going to be this year – a run first, run second, run third offense with a strong fundamental defense.
But something happened along the way – Russell Wilson emerged as an effective, efficient passer. Now the identity of the Hawks is a well balanced offense with an uber-strong running game and a quality passing game to go along with a top 3 overall defense in the NFL. Is it any wonder this team went 11-5 and are viewed by many as THE sleeper team of this year’s playoffs?
The Hawks finished the season 27th in passing – not mind-boggling in the least. That said, Wilson finished with a passer rating of over 100 in four of his last five games, he and the offense scored 170 points in their last four games and Wilson became the picture of consistency and efficiency as the season wore on.
Sidney Rice became relevant, Golden Tate became a legitimate big-play threat and players like Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller became integral parts of the offense.
Make no mistake about it however – Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s third best rush offense was still the engine that drove the Hawks to prominence.
Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s third best rush offense was still the engine that drove the Hawks to prominence
Lynch finished third in the NFL in yards with 1590 and he elevated himself to the elite category of running backs with his intimidating style.
Seattle defense was terrific all season long as well – they finished #1 in points against with an average of 15.31 surrendered per game. Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman became one of the best defensive back duos in the NFL and had the Hawks 6th in the NFL against the pass.
Seattle was a respectable #10 versus the run and will have their hands full against Washington’s #1 rushing offense.
How about those Washington Redskins? From Donovan McNabb and Roy Helu to Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris – what an incredible turnaround! Winners of six of their last seven games, the Skins have gone from door mat to hosting a playoff game thanks to a pair of rookies that have totally transformed the culture in DC.
The Skins ended the season as the 4th best scoring team in the NFL with an average of 27.25 points per game. The passing game was OK – 20th in the NFL with an average of 213.88 yards per game but they were able to limit mistakes almost altogether.
RG III had just five interceptions all season and he finished the season with a passer rating over 100 – not fair!
The running game was the bread and butter of the Redskins all season long – they finished #1 in the NFL in that department with an average of 169.31 yards per game. Griffin III was the top rushing QB in the league this season and fellow rookie Alfred Morris finished with 1613 yards and 13 TDs after a 200 yards, 3 TD performance in Week 17 against Dallas.
Pick you poison folks – efficient, effective, mistake-free passing or game changing rushing ability – the Washington Redskins have it all on offense!
If there is one weakness on the Washington team it is on defense. The Skins were very good against the run this season finishing fifth in that department and allowing just 95.75 yards but they were leaky to say the least versus the pass.
Washington ended up 30th in the NFL against the pass allowing an average of 281.94 yards per game.
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
• The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 6 games
• The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
• The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games on the road
• Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
• Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
• The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games at home
• The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
Seattle as a road favorite? It is almost unfathomable until you realize that the Hawks have won their last two away from CenturyLink, they have scored an astounding 170 points in their last four games overall and have won five straight.
There simply isn’t a weakness on the Seahawks and unfortunately for the Redskins they have one glaring flaw – their leaky secondary.
Seattle’s pass game does enough to open some holes for Marshawn Lynch on Sunday and the Hawks win a surprisingly low scoring affair.
Pick: Seahawks -3
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Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
Weather: Hi 46 degrees, Lo 32, 10% chance of precipitation, winds WNW 9MPH Via The Weather Channel
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