The Washington Redskins travel to Seattle this weekend to take on the Seahawks. Game time is 4:05 EST on Sunday, November 5 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers currently have Seattle as 7-point home favorites. That line has shifted slightly, as the Seahawks originally opened at -6. The over/under for the game is 45 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 9 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Redskins vs Seahawks Vegas Preview & Game Predictions
Washington has lost two straight games to fall to 3-4 on the season. The Redskins last outing was a critical NFC East battle with Dallas. They really struggled on the ground, only rushing for 49 yards total en route to a 33-19 loss. QB Kirk Cousins looked average all afternoon and will need to be much better on the road this weekend. Cousins has performed well for much of the season, already passing for 1900+ yards and 16 touchdowns. His impressive current QB rating of 103.3 is currently 3rd in the entire NFL. On the other side of the ball, Washington has looked mediocre in pretty much every defensive category. They range between 12th-14th overall in terms of total yards allowed, passing yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed. However, the Redskins have really struggled with scoring defense as they are giving up 25.7 points per game – 28th overall.
The Seahawks won a 41-38 thrill over the Houston Texans last weekend after some 4th quarter heroics by QB Russell Wilson. Wilson had a massive afternoon, passing for 452 yards and four touchdowns. WR Paul Richardson and TE Jimmy Graham both caught two touchdown passes to help propel Seattle to victory. The only real negative for the Seahawks on the offensive side of the ball was the continued struggle on the ground. They only managed to rush for 33 yards total in the entire game. Defensively, Seattle gave up more than 500 total yards to the Texans but also managed to intercept three Deshaun Watson passes – including one that was returned for a touchdown. The Seahawks defense has performed a little bit under expectation this season after setting such a lofty bar for 5+ years.
Free Pro Football Pick : OVER 45
I think the current line in this game erases a lot of potential value on either side. I expect Seattle to win this game at home, but I definitely don’t feel all that great about having to spot a decent Washington team a touchdown. On the other hand, it’s not exactly like I trust the Redskins all that much after consecutive losses in important divisional games. Playing on the road in front of arguably the loudest crowd in the league isn’t exactly a walk in the park either.
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However, I do think that the current total of 45 is a tad bit too low. I think taking the over offers decent value, especially with the recent offensive explosion by Seattle. The Seahawks have scored 41 and 48 points in their last two games at home, and Washington certainly isn’t a defensive juggernaut. Seattle also just gave up 38 points to the Texans and is averaging 333.7 total yards against per game (17th). Cousins and Co. should manage to get into the end zone at least a couple of times.
As mentioned previously, the Seahawks offense is really clicking right now. I don’t expect it to slow down on Sunday against a weak Washington defense. Over their past four games, the Redskins have given up 29+ points three times (30+ over their past two). I expect that trend to continue, especially in a tough road match-up.
Seattle could still conceivably cover, and I certainly don’t hate that play either. However, I think this one stays relatively close until the 4th quarter with the Seahawks pulling away late. If Seattle scores 28-35 points and it stays a one possession game, there should be more than 45 total points on the scoreboard after the final whistle blows in this NFC East vs. West clash.