The Seattle Seahawks are treading in very deep water as we enter Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season. The return of Russell Wilson has been quite disappointing as Seattle has scored 13 points in their last two games. As they look to turn the tide in Week 12, they face a pretty hot Washington Football Team.
Washington is coming off impressive back-to-back wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. Sitting at 4-6, the Football Team is only one game out of the final Wild Card spot. They look to ride that momentum into Monday Night Football as they take on a struggling Seattle Seahawks.
Another lackluster performance in Week 11 has created an immense amount of noise in the Pacific Northwest. Forget about a playoff run, these Seahawks coaches and players are simply playing for their future. Uncertainty is looming large over Lumen Field and not too many are sure of what to expect in this offseason.
Yet, in spite of all the madness, the Seahawks are certain they can still turn things around.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Football Team Odds Week 12
Surprisingly, there isn’t a favorite for this Week 12 matchup. The current WynnBet betting odds have the Seahawks and Football Team at 0.0. Both teams have -110 moneyline odds and the over/under for total points is set at 46.5 (-110 for the under, -110 for the over). Essentially, these odds will be swayed depending on who receives the overwhelming amount of bets.
Seahawks vs. Football Team Week 12
Last season, these two teams met in late December. The Seahawks ultimately came out victorious over the Football Team in an ugly, gritty game. But, at that time, Washington did a top defense in the league and only held Russell Wilson to 121 yards. Ironically, with the win last year over Washington, Seattle clinched their 2020 playoff birth.
That is not the case this week. It is worth noting that last year, similar to right now, the Seahawks offense found themselves in a slump. Defenses began showing different looks and Seattle simply just could not adjust to it. Last week when talking to the media, Russell Wilson compared the offensive struggles to that of a shooter in the NBA. In essence, stating that you can’t be afraid to shoot when the shots aren’t falling. Well, this week, Seattle is going to need an offensive showcase to win this game.
KEY TO THIS GAME: Get right on offense
It’s no surprise that one of the fixes to this Seattle offense is scoring more. In sports, the team who scores more points wins. Outside of the first three weeks of the season, this Seattle offense hasn’t kicked it into that higher gear they are typically so good at doing. In November in particular, this offense has been pitiful. Russell Wilson hasn’t thrown a single touchdown and they just can’t seem to find their offensive rhythm.
Defensively, although they have been playing better, they are dealing with some injuries. D.J. Reed missed last weeks game and it was announced earlier this week that Tre Brown will be out for the remainder of the year. Even more of a reason for this offense to explode this week. Currently sitting at 3-7, the Seahawks need to shut the world up. They need to quiet the noise. They need to prove to everyone else that they still got it. And… this just may be the perfect chance to do so.
Washington currently ranks 28th in pass defense, allowing an average of 270.0 yards per game. They also rank 28th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 26.7 points per game. With a stout rushing defense, expect Seattle to attack primarily in the air. I expect a lot of quick passes to help Russ in pass protection. Coupled with the big shots down the field.
My X-Factor in this game is TE Gerald Everett, who has been slowly coming on in the last couple of weeks. In complete desperation mode – not just for the team, but for fans as well – we are all hoping for a Seahawks win. I have Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks winning on the road and getting their first primetime win of the year, 31-27 over Washington.