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|Washington Football Team||+5.5
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If Washington QB Alex Smith is healthy enough to play, the team might have what it takes to topple these Seahawks and their bottom-ranked D, especially with the points, but without him, in full health, they might be lost.
Seahawks -5.5 (-110)
|Seahawks vs Football Team Information|
|What||Seattle Seahawks vs Washington Football Team|
|Where||FedExField in Landover, MD|
|When||Sunday, December 20, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and his Seahawks have been looking strong on offense, and their 9-4 regular-season record has put them in the position to fight for the NFC West with the 9-4 LA Rams, so a win in Week 15 over Washington is an essential part of the postseason plan, all possible if their defense led by Jamal Adams can step up.
The struggling Washington Football Team actually looks competitive now with a healthy Alex Smith under center, and then you add in rookie playmakers DE Chase Young, SS Kamren Curl, and WR Isaiah Wright to the recipe and now this team looks built for the future, though with Smith list as questionable for this one, their forward momentum could come to a halt.
These two NFC teams have met each other 20 prior times (including 3 postseason games), with the Washington Football Team winning 12 of those games and the Seattle Seahawks winning 8 of the games.
It’s not like Seattle’s defense is horrible – they only let opposing teams score an average of 24.9 points per game, which is 18th best in the league – it’s just that they have become so easy to pass on that it has become a serious issue.
Their run defense is ranked 4th – solid against a rushing attack and able to keep opponents to about 96 yards on the ground per game, a strength that has forced the teams they play to move to more of a passing game, and that’s where the Seahawks suffer.
Seattle’s pass defense is last in the league, opposing QBs throwing for almost 300 yards per game (294.8) against them, which has allowed some big plays to happen, putting even more pressure on the offense to deliver, something S Jamal Adams is working to fix (see below).
The Washington Football Team has looked like an entirely new franchise since Alex Smith has taken over under center, the veteran QB finally healthy enough after a serious leg injury in 2018 that kept him on the sidelines and at times in danger of losing that leg.
But now Smith has returned, and due to injuries to the other two starting QBs before him, he now has had a chance to get back as Washington’s main hurler and he is 4-1 in that role and looks like he can save the team’s future.
But in Week 14 he suffered a bit of a calf injury, and now Smith is listed as questionable for this Week 15 matchup with Seattle, but the guy is tough, so expect him to suit up if he can, but if his calf is still sore, his mobility and effectiveness could be limited.
At first, the Seattle Seahawks weren’t sure how Jamal Adams, their newly acquired safety via trade with the Jets, was going to fit into their defensive scheme, but now there should be zero questions regarding what he can offer the team.
Adams is all over the field during the game, now lining up wherever needed, and that has resulted in a level of production that’s one of the few bright spots on this Seattle 27th ranked defense.
This season alone, Adams has been responsible for 8.5 sacks,13 quarterback hits, 2 passes defended, a forced fumble, and 63 total tackles, and all that production has come from him at the safety position, which typically keeps a player spending more time in the secondary than rushing opposing QBs, even more proof of his dominance.
In just his second season as a professional wide receiver, Terry McLaurin is fast becoming one of the premier playmakers at his position, so far this season proving to be a reliable target despite the merry-go-round happening at the team’s QB position.
Regardless of who is throwing the footballs – Dwane Haskins or Alex Smith – McLaurin has caught 73 of them this season for 1,001 yards and 3 touchdowns, improving his catch percentage by 2 points since his rookie season in 2019.
To get a win in Week 15 and help his team stay atop the shaky NFC East, McLaurin could use a big game like the one he delivered in Week 2 against the Cardinals when he posted 7 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown.
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