Last night’s game was reckoned to be a very close affair before kick off with most Sportsbooks, such as Unibet Sportsbook, having the Seattle Seahawks as the very slight favorites to win the game.
However, as I said in my prediction yesterday, I fancied the Washington Football Team to land the win in a low scoring game, and so it proved, although it was by the finest of margins that the DC-based team claimed their fifth win of the season with a 17-15 victory.
In a tight game that went down to the wire, the Seahawks had a chance to level the score at 17 apiece when Russell Wilson hit Freddie Swain for a touchdown with just a few seconds on the clock remaining.
That brought the Seahawks to within two points of Washington, but as the Seahawks attempted to tie the scores, Wilson’s attempted 2-point conversion pass was intercepted by Kendall Fuller to hand Washington its third win in consecutive games.
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Washington Lines Dominate Seahawks
— NFL (@NFL) November 30, 2021
There is one reason that Washington won this game and that is because their offensive line and defensive line both won their respective battles against their Seahawks counterparts.
On offense, the Washington O-line not only managed to push the Seahawks defensive line back, they opened up channels for the home team’s running backs to take full advantage.
Antonio Gibson ran for 111 yards on 29 carries out of 152 yards on the ground and not only did they rack up scores this way, they chewed up vast chunks of the game clock. A point which was especially important late in the game.
Similarly, the Washington defensive line, even minus Chase Young and Montez Sweat, put pressure on the Seahawks offense all night. They clogged up the running lanes with huge effect and put Russell Wilson under huge pressure, all while essentially nullifying DK Metcalf.
It was important as despite having the ball twice as long as the Seahawks, the home side only put up 17 points, the crucial score being the JD McKissic touchdown in the third quarter, that Washington also converted for two points.
The win moves Washington back into serious playoff contention in the NFC now. They are two games behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, but more importantly, they join a cluster of teams with playoff hopes at 5-6 in the conference.
None of those teams have a better record over their last three games than Ron Rivera’s group.
For the Seahawks, they fall well behind their rivals in the NFC West with a 3-8 record, three games behind the 49ers who are one spot above them in the division. However, there seem to be more pressing problems for Pete Carroll to solve.
Complete malfunctioning continues for #Seahawks on third downs. Multiple offensive players don’t move with the snap. Russell Wilson’s rushed throw to Tyler Lockett goes inside. Lockett runs outside, nowhere near the pass. Almost INT’d. Incomplete and Dickson punts again down 17-9
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 30, 2021
Russell Wilson is not getting the protection he needs and it is clear that this is affecting his output. Not only that, it is starving the Seahawks best playmakers of the ball with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf having nowhere near as many touches as they need in order to make an impact.
With no rushing game to speak of, the Seahawks inability to protect Wilson is all the more baffling, especially as they hardly commit to the run. Injuries haven’t helped their O-line of course, but most teams can say that at this point of the season.
This does point to perhaps a post-season of change in Seattle and one wonders if the first change may be at the head coach position.
Wilson lobbied heavily for some more offensive talent to help him this year. He didn’t get it and now he is not only coming back from a nasty injury, but his team are in a much worse position than 12 months back.
There won’t be any shortage of suitors should Wilson seek a trade, but in the short-term, the Seahawks need to figure out how to get the best out of their best players, otherwise they will go down to more defeats like this one.
Next up for the Seahawks are the 49ers, while Washington head west to take on the Raiders in Las Vegas.