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B/R Consensus: Seahawks (8-3)
Vegas: Seahawks (-3)
At this point, Redskins fans expect me to pick against them, so why not? In all seriousness, I would take Robert Griffin III and company against almost any other team, but the Seahawks defense is just too good to pick against.
The toughest game to pick all week, but the Seahawks don't travel well.
The Seahawks aren't the same team on the road as they are at home, but it won't matter much this week. Seattle's defense will punch the Redskins' read option in the mouth as Russell Wilson piles on the points against a suspect Redskins secondary.
The Washington Redskins have been an incredible story all season. They have had their backs against the wall since their Week 10 bye. Who would have imagined they would put together seven straight wins to close out the season? Not me, but that's not enough for me to pick them over Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks. The 'Hawks are the hottest team in the league. It's as simple as that.
Seattle has the better defense, but the Seahawks were only 3-5 on the road this year, and Washington is pretty much just as hot. I think the 'Skins win a close one.
The Seahawks have rolled over all comers over the past four games, but their defense has not faced a challenge like RG3 all season.
Both teams have been feel-good stories this season, but only one rookie quarterback-led team will move on to the divisional round of the playoffs. In my estimation, that's the Seahawks. They're the more well-rounded team, with more weapons on both sides of the ball than the Redskins. That's why they'll win.
This will probably be the most fun you will have watching football this season. Who could not love a showdown between two of the best rookie quarterbacks anyone has seen in years? I trust Seattle's defense to slow down Robert Griffin III more than I trust Washington's defense to slow down Russell Wilson. Should be a good show either way.
The Seahawks are the better club, and their defense will punish RG3. Wilson will do just enough to win a matchup of super rookies.
If Griffin was 100 percent, maybe this would be different, but he clearly is not, and Seattle's defense is way better than what Dallas had to offer Sunday night. Expect a healthy dose of pressure on RG3, some outstanding play by the Seattle corners and plenty of Marshawn Lynch's Skittles-fueled beast mode.
What Washington did, winning its last seven games after starting 3-6, is nothing short of amazing. But Seattle is scoring points like it's a video game, and I expect that trend to continue against the Redskins' 22nd-ranked scoring defense. And let's not forget Seattle's defense is stellar. In a game featuring rookie quarterbacks, I'll take the better defense.
Michael Schottey is the NFL national lead writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff at The Go Route.