This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will square off against the Washington Redskins to see who will move on to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. So with the game nearly upon us, which team is going to get the better of this matchup?
It's a rare playoff game between two rookie quarterbacks. This game could very well come down to who plays better between Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin. In fact, that's almost assuredly what's going to make the ultimate difference.
Let's start with the 'Skins. Washington is on a monster roll right now, having won its last seven games dating back to early November and rallying from a 3-6 record to win the NFC East, a truly impressive accomplishment.
Washington is clearly an extremely hot team right now, and with the stellar play of Alfred Morris to complement the still-injured RGIII, you have a team that is going to be very difficult to beat.
However, the Redskins defense hasn't been spectacular, and that could hurt them against Seattle. Yes, they've been good enough to win their last seven games, but only one of those wins came against a playoff team, an overtime victory against the Ravens.
This is where I ultimately see Washington's downfall stemming from. Seattle's defense has been spectacular and should hold RGIII and company relatively in check. It's unlikely that Washington will be able to surpass 20 points in this game given how good Seattle's defense is.
Will that be enough?
My answer is no. With Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman set to both start at corner after their suspension drama, the defense is nearly at full strength. It's going to be extremely difficult for Washington to put up enough points to win against a team that has allowed more than 24 points just once this season.
And with Russell Wilson playing as well as any quarterback in the NFL over the past two months and Marshawn Lynch running hard, this team is bound to score a lot of points.
Barring a turnover-laden game from Wilson, I see this as a clear victory for Seattle. Yes, the Seahawks have struggled on the road this year, but Washington won't be good enough to pull it off. Pete Carroll will have the Seahawks ready to roll come Sunday.
Final Pick: Seattle 24-17