Seahawks Week 12
The (3-7) Washington Redskins come to Seattle to take on the (4-6) Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are 2-2 at home and 2nd in the NFC West this season while the Redskins are 1-4 on the road and last in the NFC East.
Reviewing the Rams Game
First play of the game
The Seahawks have had trouble moving the ball through the air so calling a trick play like an end around wide receiver pass to kick start the offense was a good move on the road. Sidney Rice probably threw the best pass by thrown by a Seahawk all season and the play went for 55 yards.
The defense allowed just 185 total yards, only 42 of which came on the ground. The Rams were held to a 33% 3rd down conversion rate while the Seahawks defense created 3 turn overs and sacked Sam Bradford 5 times.
Winning on the road
For years the Seahawks have struggled on the road but with the win in St. Louis they matched the most wins they have had on the road in a single season since the 2007 when they had three wins. Seattle has two more road games (one in Chicago and one in Arizona) to match or break that road win total.
Sticking to the run
It is easy to get away from the run when you aren’t averaging many yards per carry but when you have a running game like the Seahawks you need to continue to pound the ball at your opponent to wear them down.
Between the lack of production through the air and having the lead the entire second half it makes the decision a lot easier to stick with the run but that does not diminish the importance of sticking to it and seeing the results for the third week in a row.
Controlling time of possession
For the third week in a row the Seahawks offense controlled the clock. They held the ball 10 minutes longer than the Rams.
Tarvaris Jackson’s start
Two pass attempts, two interceptions? You have got to be kidding me Jackson. I know he isn’t the best quarterback in the league but I don’t care who you are you need to preform better than that in the NFL especially on the road. Luckily he settled down and had a near average day from that point forward but if the Seahawks had been player a better team he would have literally thrown the game away in the first two possessions.
I feel like I am beating a dead horse here but every week it’s the same thing. Penalty, Penalty, Penalty and they are driving me nuts! Like I have said before, the rookies doing stupid stuff doesn’t bother me but the veterans doing the same is more than I can handle. Pete Carroll needs to find a way to get this under control.
A look at the Redskins
The Redskins have the 16th ranked passing attack but the 30th ranked rushing offense. Washington’s top offensive performers are: Quarterback: Rex Grossman (#8) who has 1,639 yards passing, 8 touchdowns and 12 interception
Running Back: Tim Hightower (#25) who has 321 yards on 84 carries and one touchdown in 5 games. He also has one receiving touchdown.
Receiving: Tight End Fred Davis (#83) leads the team in receiving with 639 yards on 49 reception and 2 touchdowns.
The defense is the redskins stronger unit. They are ranked 10th against the pass and 18th against the run. London Fletcher (#59) leads the team in tackles with 96 and in interceptions with 2. Ryan Kerrigan (#91) leads the team with 6 sacks.
Thing to take note of this week
The Redskins have one of the smallest receiving corps in the league and only Jabar Gaffney (6’2″) is taller then 6 feet tall. Seattle has the biggest corners in the league so it should be interesting to see how the bigger corners deal with the smaller shifty receivers.
Weekly roster moves
The Seahawks officially ended James Carpenter‘s season by placing him on injured reserve and signed tackle Allen Barbre who was on the Seahawks active roster for three games last season to fill his roster spot.
Keys to a Seahawks victory
- Continue to run the ball to take pressure of the passing game and keeping the defense off the field.
- Pressure quarterback Rex Grossman, he is prone to mistakes and can be forced to make them.
- Offense must avoid turn overs and giving the Redskins easy points.
News and weekly injury report
QB Tarvaris Jackson (Pectoral)
DE Anthony Hargrove (Hamstring)
DB Atari Bigby (Hamstring)
Did Not Practice:
LB London Fletcher (Ankle)
WR Niles Paul (Toe)
G Sean Locklear (Ankle)
T Jammal Brown (Groin)
S Dejon Gomes (Knee)
G Maurice Hurt (Knee)
T Trent Williams (Knee)
DB Josh Wilson (Hamstring)
WR Donte Stallworth (Foot)
WR Santana Moss (Hand)
SS LeRon Landry (Achilles)
LB Keyaron Fox (Infection)
How to catch the game
The game is at Century Link so hopefully a lot of you will be attending the game but if not here is how you can watch it from home.
Kickoff is 1:05 PT
Watch: Channel 13 or 113 HD (Fox)
Listen: 710 AM (ESPN)
Watch: Channel 5
Listen: 980 AM (ESPN)