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At this point the Seattle Seahawks are 3-7 and sit at the bottom of the NFC West and there is talk of moving on from head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson after this season, signs that a 30th ranked offense only able to put 15 points on the scoreboard each game is unacceptable and now they must face a Washington team who are gaining confidence.
It’s been an exciting (and rare) two-game winning streak for the Washington Football Team led by quarterback Taylor Heinicke who last week threw for three touchdowns with no turnovers but give the bulk of the credit to Washington’s defense, ranked sixth against the run, a squad that should make easy work of this paltry Seahawks offense to help keep their playoff hopes alive.
These two NFC rivals have played each other 21 previous times (including 3 postseason games), with the Washington Football Team winning 12 of those games and the Seattle Seahawks winning 9 of the games.
It’s not so much the fact that the Seahawks are ranked 24th in scoring by averaging just over 19 points per game that’s shocking, it’s more the fact that they are that flaccid with a roster full of capable playmakers like QB Russell Wilson and receivers D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
One big problem is Seattle’s apparent weakness on third down, right now only converting about 32% of them into first downs, plus they are giving up too many sacks on third downs due to a lack of protection for a front line that is questionable at best.
Injuries play a key role in this failure to produce on offense, but every team is dealing with that issue by Week 12, so it’s time for the Seahawks to figure out how to get on the scoreboard or they might have to start rebuilding from scratch in the offseason.
In his fourth NFL season, quarterback Taylor Heinicke has made the move from backup to starter once Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) was done for the season, and now it looks like the young hurler is taking full advantage of the opportunity by leading his team to a two-game win streak.
As a starter, Heinicke has a career win-loss record of 4-6, and nine of those ten games have been played this season, that win streak helping his 4-5 record in 2021 and now against these struggling Seahawks that record could improve even more.
This season Heinicke’s numbers are just okay, so far with 217 completions for almost 2,400 yards and 15 touchdowns with 9 interceptions, but he has completed 66.2 percent of his passes this year, a possible sign that he can gradually get the job done.
One of the bright spots in Seattle right now is veteran wide receiver Tyler Lockett, a seventh-year pro who runs dependable routes with the speed to get open and the moves to avoid tackles after the catch.
The 5’ 10” 182 pound Lockett is a favorite target of quarterback Russell Wilson, this season having been targeted 71 times for 47 receptions for 717 yards and 3 touchdowns, numbers that keeps defenses double-teaming him with safeties and game planning around him.
Last season, Lockett scored 10 touchdowns so his ability to get into the endzone is unquestionable, but this year there is something off with OC Shane Waldron’s offense and no matter how good Lockett plays it does not seem to help the team earn more wins.
So far this season, Washington running back Antonio Gibson has almost surpassed his production from his rookie campaign last year, right now with 154 carries for 601 yards and 5 touchdowns along with 19 receptions for 158 yards and another touchdown.
Gibson is 6’ 2” and 220 pounds, a sizable running back who is tough to tackle but who has breakaway speed and the patience to wait for the holes to open up, as evidenced in Week 10 when he carried the ball 24 times for 64 yards and two TDs in a win over Tampa Bay.
Gibson also has soft hands and can catch check down passes as well as run short routes, a double threat out of the backfield who is worth watching in this matchup, especially against the Seahawks porous defense right now ranked second worst in the league.
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|Seahawks vs Washington Information|
|What||Seattle Seahawks vs Washington Football Team|
|Where||FedExField in Landover, MD|
|When||Monday, November 29, 2021; 8:15 PM ET|
|How to watch||ESPN|
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