Week 12’s Monday Night Football pits two struggling NFC teams against each other as the Seattle Seahawks (3-7) square off with the Washington Football Team (4-6). Washington will host this one at FedEx Field, with kickoff scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
Seattle has had quite a rough stretch as of late, losing five of their last six games. Last week, they lost 23-13 at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. In the loss, Russell Wilson managed just 207 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. In fact, the only touchdown scored was a rushing touchdown by DeeJay Dallas.
Washington actually comes into this one on a two-game winning streak as they have beaten the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers. Last week’s victory over the Panthers was 27-21 on the road.
In the win, Taylor Heinicke threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Terry McLaurin was the leading receiver with 103 yards and a score.
Washington is the slight favorite playing at home. They are -110 to win while the Seahawks’ moneyline sits at -106. The spread features Seattle +1 (-114), and the over/under for total points is 46.5.
Both of these teams are longshots to win the Super Bowl. The Seahawks are +17000 to win it all while Washington is +39000.
By The Numbers
These two teams rank in the bottom third in the offense. Washington currently ranks 21st, averaging 21.2 points per game. The Seahawks rank 24th averaging 19.4 points.
Defensively, it is the Seahawks with the edge. They rank seventh in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 20.9 points per game. Washington falls to 28th, allowing an average of 26.7 points per game.
Offense Needs To Get Back On Track For Seattle
With the likes of Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, you would tend to assume the Seahawks would be able to put up points. That has not been the trend recently, though, as they are averaging just 14.7 over their last three games. Against a Washington defense that has ranked towards the bottom this season, they will hope to breakthrough.
In seven games for quarterback Russell Wilson, he has thrown for 1,564 yards, ten touchdowns, and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 102 yards and another score.
The leading targets for Wilson have been Tyler Lockett (47 receptions, 717 yards, three touchdowns) and D.K. Metcalf (46 receptions, 637 yards, eight touchdowns).
Without Chris Carson, the Seahawks will once again turn to Alex Collins in the backfield. He has rushed 94 times this season for 381 yards and two scores.
Washington Looks To Stay Hot
While Washington ranks 28th in the league in scoring defense, they have been playing much better as of late on that side of the ball. The fact that they have given up an average of just 19 points per game over the last three weeks could help explain their small winning streak. Against a struggling Seahawk offense, they will look to stay hot.
Leading the offense under center is quarterback Taylor Heinicke. In 10 games this season, he has thrown for 2,390 yards, 15 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He has also rushed for 276 yards and a score.
Far and away the most dangerous receiver on Washington is Terry McLaurin. Thus far, he has 54 receptions for 735 yards and five touchdowns. He leads the receiving core in all three of those categories.
On the ground, Washington will turn to Antonio Gibson. He has rushed 154 times for 601 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 19 receptions for 158 yards and another score.
Washington Moves To .500 At Home
Neither of these teams are ones that can be fully trusted right now, but the trends lean towards Washington in this one. Not only have they beaten two straight contenders in the Buccaneers and Panthers, but their defense has finally shown signs of life.
Granted, it seems like any day now, Russell Wilson and company will finally go off, but until they do, bank on Washington winning this one and moving to .500 at home (currently 2-3).
Take Washington to win.