The defending Super Bowl Champions make the long trip across the country to play Washington in a game that is critical for both teams. The Redskins are 1-3 and all three NFC East foes are above .500. Philadelphia and Dallas are both 4-1 while the New York Giants are 3-2. A loss by Washington makes a playoff spot extremely difficult even this early in the season.
For Seattle, the Arizona Cardinals dropped their first game yesterday at Denver and are now 3-1 while the San Francisco 49ers defeated Kansas City to move to 3-2. A win lets the Seahawks keep pace with Arizona while a loss drops them to .500.
Look below this game for some early lines for next week’s NFL games.
Seattle (-7.5) at Washington (O/U 45) – Washington returns to the field ten days after quarterback Kirk Cousins threw four interceptions in a 45-14 beat-down at the hand of the New York Giants. That poor performance likely is making people re-think just how badly they want to see Cousins take over permanently even when Robert Griffin III comes back.
Cousins has thrown two touchdowns with no interceptions in wins while he’s thrown four touchdowns and five interceptions in losses. His QB rating is 109 vs 78 in wins versus losses. What can we expect from him as he takes on one of the best defenses in football?
Some think the secret is out on Seattle’s Richard Sherman because the Chargers went after him and had some success. In order for Cousins to find similar success against Sherman and the Seahawks’ secondary his line is going to have to give him adequate time to throw and I’m not sure if that can happen.
For Seattle offensively it will be pretty much status quo. Establish the running game with Marshawn Lynch and then work the play-action with Russell Wilson off of that. The earlier the success of the Seattle running game the tougher it will be for Washington defensively. My guess is that Redskins’ defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will force Seattle to throw as quickly as possible.
Trends: Seattle is 5-2 straight up in their last seven games on the road… The Redskins are 1-3-1 against the spread in its last five games playing Seattle… The total has gone OVER in four of the Seahawks last five games on the road against Washington… The Redskins are 2-4 ATS in their last six home games.
Key Injuries: SEA: TE Zach Miller, Out WAS: CB Tracy Porter, Out, QB RGIII Out
The Pick: I just can’t see a scenario where the Redskins win here. Take Seattle to cover and I like the OVER.
Intriguing Early Lines for Next Week
Denver (-6) at New York Jets – Not sure how this isn’t a lot larger of a spread after yesterday.
Pittsburgh (+2) at Cleveland -Steelers are not playing well and Browns are coming off an epic comeback.
Chicago (+3) at Atlanta – Both the Bears and Falcons suffered tough losses on the road yesterday. Matt Ryan comes back to the dome where he is much better than he is on the road.
New York Giants (+3) at Philadelphia – This is will be a major NFC East showdown with huge implications considering the Cowboys will have played at Seattle earlier in the day.