Seahawks vs. Redskins: Stars to Watch in NFC Wild Card Showdown

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:   Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks ot pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks are gearing up to play in a critical NFC Wild Card Game this coming Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Due to the win or go home nature of the playoffs, you can expect players on both teams to be fully prepared and playing at the highest level in order to try to win this one.

Let’s take a look at a few game-changers that will be participating in the contest.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins

RGIII has been an absolute superstar for the ‘Skins during his rookie year, and we expect that play will continue in the postseason.

Whether it’s with his cannon arm, pinpoint accuracy or ability to take off and run, the former Heisman winner adds another dimension to the Washington offense just by being on the field.

As the winning QB of the always-tough NFC East, Griffin has the weight of great expectations on his shoulders going into the playoffs. Fortunately for Washington fans, the young man has shown a propensity to handle pressure.


Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

Wilson is another rookie sensation that has found a winning formula. He’s elusive with a great arm and fell far too low in the draft due to his relatively smallish stature.

Needless to say, his 5’11” frame hasn’t impacted him whatsoever, and the youthful signal-caller has made massive strides over the first 16 games of his career. He finished the 2012 season completing 252 of 393 passes for 3,118 yards, 26 TDs and 10 INTs.

However, he’s much better at CenturyLink Field than anywhere else, having thrown 17 touchdowns in front of the hometown fans with just two interceptions.

Wilson is pedestrian on the road, and that will have to change if his Seahawks are going to win in Washington.


Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

It’s a shame that RGIII gets all the credit for the turnaround in Washington. Morris deserves at least equal praise.

The bruising back has absolutely dominated in his first NFL season, rushing 335 times for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns. That yardage total is good for second in the league, trailing only the legendary Adrian Peterson and ahead of beasts like Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster.

If it weren’t for him, the ‘Skins read-option offense wouldn’t be nearly as effective since defenders would just key in on Griffin.

Should Washington wind up pulling off the upset on Sunday, it will likely be due to a strong effort from this superstar RB.