It wasn’t pretty, but the Seahawks were still able to get the win on Monday Night Football against a struggling Redskins team. The Seahawks had 12 team penalties on the evening, but luckily for them Russell Wilson was able to literally carry the load on offense.
Wilson had a career high with 122 rushing yards on the evening, including a trip to the end zone on a 9-yard rush in the second quarter. The third-year quarterback out of Wisconsin also had 201 yards passing on 18/24 attempts, and he found Jermaine Kearse and Marshawn Lynch for a touchdown each.
It’s not unusual for the Seahawks to rack up the rushing yards, as they are second in the league with 148 yards per game. Lynch pitched in another 72 yards on the ground for Seattle, and they finished with 225 yards rushing as a team. On the other side of the ball, the Redskins had just 32 yards rushing, as they struggled to get the ball moving throughout the game.
Washington typically averages 123 yards per game on the ground, but neither Roy Helu or Alfred Morris could get things going on the evening.
In place of the injured RGIII, Kirk Cousins had a modest game. He was 21/36 passing for 283 yards, and he was able to find the end zone twice without throwing an interception. His first touchdown was a 60-yard pass to DeSean Jackson in the second quarter, and his other was a 6-yard pass to Andre Roberts.
The Seahawks remain one of the top defenses in the league, which is why it shouldn’t be a big surprise that they held the Redskins to just 305 total yards on the evening. They also had an extra week to prepare after having their bye last weekend.
Things are not looking good for the Redskins after their first five games. They are the only team in the NFC East to not have a winning record, and they’ve lost their last three straight. In addition, they are 0-3 against conference opponents. Thus far, their only win came against Jacksonville, a team that finds itself at the bottom of the league at 0-5.
The Redskins have fallen all the way to 200/1 odds to win the Super Bowl this year. This certainly isn’t what was expected in the capital city after the firing of Mike Shannahan and his staff after a tumultuous season last year. What’s worse is that things won’t get any easier when they head to Arizona next weekend to play another tough NFC West team in the Cardinals. You can check back with sportspicks.com handicappers for insight and information into the game before kickoff.
As for Seattle, they seem to keep on keepin’ on as everyone expected. Their only loss on the season was against a 4-1 Chargers team that is tied atop the AFC West with Denver. The Seahawks remain as the team with the best odds at 9/2 to repeat as Super Bowl Champions in 2015.