Unfortunately, the Seattle Seahawks (3-7) and Washington Football Team (4-6) have had challenging seasons to date, and this game won’t have the same juice nationally. However, these are two proud franchises, so you can’t discount the possibility of both teams having some entertaining moments this week and this game ends up surprising some folks.
Seattle had zero answers for Colt McCoy and the Arizona Cardinals in a discouraging 23-13 home loss last week. McCoy completed 35-of-44 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. If it weren’t for some struggles by kicker Matt Prater, this game would not have been as close as it was. The Seahawks’ defense was left on the field for way too long as the Cardinals had the ball for more than 40 minutes. Russell Wilson was out of sync, completing 14-of-26 passes for 207 yards. Sustaining drives was a problem as the offense converted just two out of 10 third-down opportunities against a salty Arizona defense. These two issues have epitomized the 2021 season in a nutshell, as Seattle is allowing teams to average 35 minutes and 15 seconds per game in time of possession. Meanwhile, the offense is battling it out with Detroit and Jacksonville for the worst third-down conversion rate as the Seahawks rank 31st in the NFL at 32.41 percent.
Washington picked up a second straight win, this time going down to Carolina and beating the Panthers 27-21. The win marked a victorious return to Bank of America Stadium for head coach Ron Rivera who was 76-63-1 in his tenure as head coach of Carolina from 2011-19. Washington had a balanced offensive effort led by Taylor Heinicke, who completed 16-of-22 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Gibson led a strong rushing attack with 95 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, WFT limited Christian McCaffrey to just 59 yards on 10 carries and did a great job of getting off the field on third down. Washington held Carolina to 2-of-9 in that situation, and that must continue if this team wants to mount any sort of second-half playoff push.
Pick of the Game: Washington Football Team ML
The Seahawks need to have something positive happen early in the first quarter to let them settle in and keep this game competitive for 60 minutes. Washington will get enough plays out of Heinicke, who should be able to take advantage of a Seattle defense that is 30th against the pass (279.6 ypg) and has recorded just four interceptions this season. This game will be competitive for a while as there is not appear to be much separation between these teams personnel-wise. In the end, Washington will wear down Seattle’s defense and pull away in the second half.