NFL Game Previews: Seahawks-Football Team Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Seahawks-Football Team Matchup

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Seattle (+1) at Washington, o/u 46.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

Speaking of struggling offenses, the Seahawks have managed a meager 13 points in two games since Russell Wilson rejoined the lineup, and with the team at 3-7 maybe they shouldn't have bothered rushing him back. Russ should be back to his usual self eventually (he says, staring mournfully at his DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett shares), but Seattle's season will be long over by the time he does. Those offensive struggles have disguised what has been a pretty good year for the defense. They haven't been Legion of Boom good, but they also haven't given up 30 points in a game since Week 3 and have held five consecutive opponents to 23 or less. Bobby Wagner probably deserves some consideration for Defensive Player of the Year for holding the unit together. Washington's won consecutive games coming out of its bye to keep the team's flagging wild-card hopes alive, and getting Ron Rivera a victory in his return to Carolina was pretty sweet. The good version of Taylor Heinicke has shown back up, but he could Jekyll and Hyde his way into a loss any time, and while there is talent around him in the offense — especially if Logan Thomas makes his return — Heinicke hasn't been able to take consistent advantage of it, and the team being down to its third-string center won't help matters. The defense has also recovered from its early season struggles, but without Chase

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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