The Seahawks’ win over the Rams last week was their second impressive performance in a row. They return to the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field to host the reeling Washington Redskins this week as they try to extend their winning streak.
Washington has lost their last six games, and have had erratic play from their quarterbacks. The Seahawk defense will be licking their chops when they watch film of the turnover-prone Redskins this week. Only the Eagles have thrown more interceptions than Washington, and the Redskins also have the 30th ranked rushing attack. With an offense comprised of mostly no-name players, Washington will be hard-pressed to move the ball against the increasingly-stingy Seattle defense.
The Redskins know from experience that interceptions by the Seahawk defense can destroy their chances to win this game, but may see several due to shaky quarterback play year by current starter Rex Grossman.
The last few weeks, Pete Carroll has found a game-plan formula that has brought back-to-back wins. Run-stuffing, physical defense has provided the backbone for the team’s success. The Seahawks also have run the ball considerably more than they have passed the ball during their last two games, something very few NFL teams do. Marshawn Lynch’s steady gains on the ground have kept the offense out of third-and-long situations, and have also helped the Seahawks win the field position battle. This slugfest style of team play is something fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens can relate to, but very rarely are other teams physical enough to excel with this conservative formula.
I, for one, do believe this week will be more of the same type of Seahawk football. When the Seahawks can play from ahead or at least in a close game, Tarvaris Jackson isn’t forced out of his comfort zone, and he protects the ball very well. Expect another low-scoring, field position war with turnovers again being a likely deciding factor. The Seahawks have won the turnover battle in all of their wins this year, which leads me them to be consistent with their newly-adopted, conservative offensive gameplan.
Both James Carpenter and John Moffitt had successful surgeries this week to repair knee injuries. Carpenter tore his ACL and Moffitt tore his MCL and PCL. It is a shame that both will miss the remainder of the season because the Seahawk offensive line had finally started to gel. Though both rookies had struggled some in pass protection, they had been integral parts in getting the running game going, with Lynch rushing for more than 100 yards in Moffitt’s last two starts of the season. With both of the starters now missing from the right side of the offensive line, don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks run left much more frequently. Though not quite as dynamic as the recent Seahawk left side combination of Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson, Russell Okung and Robert Gallery are still the team’s (healthy or not) two best linemen.
Sunday’s game against the Redskins is the first of three in a row at home for the Seahawks. As unlikely as it might sound, all three games are very winnable, and if Seattle can manage to ride home-field advantage to three more wins, they’d have a winning record. After the Redskins, the 4-6 Eagles travel to Seattle, followed by the 2-8 Rams. I could be getting ahead of myself by bringing this up, but the Seahawks still believe they have something to play for. Even one more loss could seriously damage their mathematical playoff chances, so a win against the lowly Redskins is a must.
The Seahawks-Redskins matchup is one that Seahawks fans should be EXPECTING their team to win. Whether or not the young and frustratingly inconsistent Seahawks can deliver on these expectations is somewhat of an unknown. I think it’ll be three in a row for Seattle –GO GET ‘EM HAWKS!
About the Author
Written by Erik Olsoy
Erik was born in Columbus, Ohio during the only Ohio State football victory over Michigan in the 1980s, but moved to Washington state and grew up there. His loyalty to Ohio State remains strong, but his strongest allegiances developed toward Seattle sports. Though he recently graduated from Boston College, he has not yet been converted to the ways of New England Sportsdom, and only roots for the Red Sox against the Yankees because the Yankees are the root of all evil.