Seahawks vs. Redskins: Gameday Predictions


The Seattle Seahawks are back this weekend and they will take their 2-1 record to Landover, Md., to take on the 1-3 Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football in Week 5.

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The teams haven’s met since Seattle beat Washington in the 2012 postseason’s NFC Wild Card game. Much has changed since that night — the Seahawks won a Super Bowl Championship, and the Redskins have won only four games games between last season and this one.

On national TV on Monday night, the Seahawks should beat the Redskins, but Washington may make it a tougher game than people are giving them credit.

Here are some other gameday predictions for Week 5:

1. Russell Wilson throws for 250 yards and two touchdowns. 

Washington has a better defense than it is given credit. However, their secondary lost DeAngelo Hall earlier this season to an Achilles injury and the team has allowed 82 points in their past two games.

Wilson will probably throw for about 250 yards and his ability to pick apart secondaries should help him throw at least a pair of touchdowns.

The Redskins defense currently allows about 237 passing yards per game, but Wilson should eclipse that number by the time the night is through.

2. Marshawn Lynch runs for 75 yards and touchdown.

If there is a bright spot on Washington’s defense, it’s the run defense.

Dominant up front, the Redskins allowed the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy only 22 rushing yards on 19 attempts, a 1.2 yard per rush average, in the teams’ Week 3 matchup.

Don’t expect Beast Mode to get shut down quite that prominently, but don’t expect a century-mark performance from Lynch either. I say he gets around 75 yards on the ground and he should get a TD to compliment his yardage.

3. Seahawks defense holds Redskins to fewer than 300 total yards.

Believe it or not, this is a tougher feat to accomplish than it looks. Washington currently averages more than 415 total yards per game, including nearly 293 yards in the air which is 4th-best in the NFL.

Washington has compiled at least 300 yards in every game this season, but Monday night should be the first game the Redskins fall flat against a hungry Seahawks defense that wants to make a statement that they are still the best team in the NFC.

4. Kirk Cousins throws two interceptions.

Cousins has played decently since taking over for Robert Griffin III earlier this season, but his questionable decision-making was displayed in Week 4 when he threw four interceptions against a New York Giants secondary that features Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps, Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Seattle has an even better secondary and Cousins will be forced to throw the ball if Seattle can shut down Washington’s run game.

With a healthy Legion of Boom taking the field Monday, expect at least one of them to get an interception and a linebacker in the middle of the field to get another. Cousins will surely target his tight end Niles Paul frequently so if he stays in the middle of the field, Malcolm Smith or Bobby Wagner might get the pick.

5. Seahawks win game 30-17.

The Seahawks should seize control of this one from the beginning and ride the momentum of being in prime time to a big win.

The Redskins will probably keep it close in the first quarter or half, but ultimately the Seahawks are more talented and are playing for a lot more already in this early season.

Seattle should head home happy with their record improved to 3-1, potentially in a tie with the Arizona Cardinals for best in the NFC West if Arizona can’t beat the Denver Broncos Sunday.