Skins vs. Seahawks: One Rookie QB Will Come out on Top

Nick LantzCorrespondent IIJanuary 4, 2013

Opposing defenses have struggled to stop Griffin and Morris
Opposing defenses have struggled to stop Griffin and MorrisRob Carr/Getty Images

Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks will square off in the NFC Wild Card round at FedEx Field. Two rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, will battle it out in what may be the most exciting playoff game this weekend.

Both teams have hit their stride at the perfect time. Washington and Seattle are two of the hottest teams in the entire league. After slow starts, both squads are on fire heading into the postseason.  

Since starting 3-6, the Redskins have won seven straight games, including last weekend's 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East Championship.

The Seahawks began the season 4-4, but have won seven of their last eight games. They are currently riding a five-game winning streak.

Although Seattle (11-5) did not win the NFC West, they absolutely demolished the division champion San Francisco 49ers 42-13 in week 16. The Seahawks finished the regular season undefeated (8-0) at home.

In the 'Skins playoff-clinching win over Dallas, rookie running back, Alfred Morris rushed for a career high 200 yards and three touchdowns. In a game in which RGIII struggled, Morris put the team on his back, leading to Washington's first division title in 13 years.

Sunday's playoff matchup will feature one of best rushing offenses against one of the best defenses in the league. Washington (10-6) is currently first in the NFL in rushing with 169.3 yards per game. Seattle is first in the league in scoring defense, giving up just 15.3 points per game.

Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have put forth amazing rookie campaigns. Their numbers this season have been very similar and among the league's best. Wilson has compiled 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air, and Griffin has thrown for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The two are third and forth respectively in QB passer rating, 102.4 for Griffin and 100 for Wilson. Griffin is first in passing yards per attempt (8.14), while Wilson (7.93) ranks fourth.

Although Wilson can run the ball, what separates the two is RGIII's ability to scramble out of the pocket and produce elusive, highlight runs. The former Heisman winner has rushed for an astonishing 815 yards and seven touchdowns. All this he has done while limiting the turnovers, throwing just five interceptions.

Of course, Seattle knows how to run the ball as well. Who could forget the monstrous 67-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch against New Orleans in last season's playoffs? Lynch has had another tremendous season.

Like Griffin and Wilson, both Lynch and Morris have put forth similar, strong numbers in 2012. Morris finished with 1,613 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, good for second in the league in both categories. Lynch finished third, just after Morris, rushing for 1,590 yards and finishing fifth in touchdowns with 11.

Seattle and Washington are two of the most exciting teams to watch in this league. If the game was being played in Seattle, it would be likely that the Seahawks would come away victorious, given their track record at home. However, Sunday's game will be in Landover, MD, and 'Skins fans will be going wild.