Welcome to our weekly preview of this week’s Monday Night Football clash between the Seattle Seahawks (3-7) and the Washington Football Team (4-6) at FedEx Field.
After the games on Thanksgiving and on Sunday, there is a chance for either of these teams to get themselves back into playoff contention with a win, especially for Washington who could join a whole group of teams on 5-6 in the NFC looking at that number seven Wildcard spot.
For Seattle fans, it is a chance to take a look at how Russell Wilson is getting back into shape after missing several games with a nasty finger injury and of course, how Wilson plays does tend to define how Pete Carroll’s Seahawks tend to go.
Given how open the NFC and AFC have been this season in terms of a chance to qualify for the playoffs, although this is a game between two teams with losing records, there is still a chance that it could have playoff implications for both.
Let’s now bring you the latest news from both camps as well as our preview and tips for the game, with odds provided by PointsBet Sportsbook.
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The Seahawks will be without Re Brown and Jamarco Jones who are both on injured reserve, while Rashad Penny, Travis Homer and Damien Lewis have all been ruled out. That does leave the ‘Hawks a little light at running back.
A lot of the Seahawks problems have come on offense where they rank 30th in total offense in the NFL, even with a pair of blue chip wide receivers in Tyler Lockett and DJ Metcalf.
Then last week, their defense had a nightmare against the Cardinals and their backup quarterback Colt McCoy and it is clear that the Seahawks have problems all over the field. Lingering issues from that finger injury to Wilson may be closing large chunks off the playbook off, especially if he is struggling to throw the ball deep.
Washington’s defense has their own problems with both Chase Young and Montez Sweat both ruled out with long term injuries and while their rush defense has been excellent this season, ranking sixth in the NFL, their pass defence ranks a lowly 28th.
If the home team are going to win the game then Taylor Heinecke is going to have to play a key role. It is fair to say that the quarterback has had an up and down season so far. When he has been good, he has been very good, when he has been bad, well you know how the phrase goes.
Terry McLaurin has been a key man for Washington all season long and he will be a real threat against the Seahawks leaky defense, especially if the Washington offensive line can give their QB a clear pocket to throw the ball from.
Monday Night Football Top Tips
Given the erratic form of both these teams, this is not an easy game to predict. However, I think with Washington having home advantage and coming into this game in the better form of the two teams, I would just edge in favor of the home field team.
That does go against the sportsbook traders who have Washington as the +1 underdogs for this game, although that does emphasize just how close a game many feel is in store later this evening.
So I’d obviously take Washington to land the win at +1 (-110) while you can also get them at the slightly longer odds of -105 on the moneyline.
I’d also back defenses to be on top in this game and take the Under 47 points total points option at -110 all with PointsBet Sportsbook.
As for a score pick, I am backing Washington to win a tight one 21-17.