NFL Capsule: Seahawks at Redskins

NFL Capsule: Seahawks at Redskins


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OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seattle 11-5; Washington 11-5

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 11-6

AP PRO32 RANKING - Seahawks No. 5; Redskins No. 7

LAST MEETING - Redskins beat Seahawks 23-17, Nov. 27 2011

LAST WEEK - Seahawks beat Rams 20-13; Redskins beat Cowboys 28-18





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meeting for third time in playoffs, with Seattle winning at home 20-10 in January 2006, and 35-14 in January 2008. Those were last two postseason games played by Washington. ... Redskins are NFC East champions and No. 4 seed, while Seahawks are seeded No. 5 as wild card from NFC West. ... Seattle has won five straight, outscoring opponents 193-60. Washington has NFC-best seven-game winning streak, outscoring teams 210-140, and is first team since Jaguars in 1996 to reach playoffs after starting 3-6. ... Seahawks are in playoffs for seventh time in 10 seasons, while Washington is in postseason for just fourth time in 20 years. ... Seahawks have lost eight straight road playoff games. Their only road playoff win came in first postseason road game, Dec. 31, 1983 at Miami. Streak is second longest in NFL behind Detroit. ... This will be second playoff game in NFL history with two starting rookie QBs, Seattle's Russell Wilson vs. Washington's Robert Griffin III. Last year, T.J. Yates led Texans to 31-10 victory over Andy Dalton and Bengals. ... Griffin (102.4) and Wilson (100) had best single-season rookie passer ratings in NFL history. Wilson's rating was also the best overall in Seahawks history, bettering Matt Hasselbeck's 98.2 in 2005 when Seattle reached Super Bowl. ... Wilson threw 26 TD passes, tying Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record set in 1998. He was first rookie QB in league history to win all eight home games. Griffin set league mark for yards rushing by rookie QB (815) and is only player in NFL history to rush for 750-plus yards and have passer rating of 100 or better. ... Game also features two of league's top three rushers: Washington rookie Alfred Morris finished second with franchise-record 1,613 yards. Seattle's Marshawn Lynch ranked third with career-high 1,590 yards. ... Lynch's total was third in team history behind Shaun Alexander in 2005 (1,880) and 2004 (1,696). Morris' total was third most by rookie in NFL history, behind Eric Dickerson's 1,808 in 1983 and George Rogers' 1,674 in 1981. ... Seahawks ran NFL-high 55 percent of time. Redskins were second at 52.2 percent. ... Seattle was one of two teams without red zone giveaway this season. ... Seahawks were No. 1 in league in scoring defense, allowing 15.3 points per game. They allowed NFL-low 23 touchdown drives, none shorter than 40 yards. ... Opposing QBs had NFL-low 67.7 passer rating vs. Seattle defense inside 30-yard line. ... Seattle defense was worst in NFL on third-and-long (10-plus yards), allowing teams to convert 33.8 percent. ... Seahawks had top pass defense in NFL when blitzing, holding QBs to passer rating of 59.5. But Redskins have best pass offense in NFL when being blitzed, with a 141.5 passer rating. ... Seattle has just 60 games of combined playoff experience, fewest of 12 teams in postseason. Cincinnati, Minnesota and Washington are next on list, all with 68. ... Seahawks CB Brandon Browner returns from four-game suspension for using banned substance. With CB Richard Sherman winning appeal of similar four-game suspension, the Seahawks will have both starting CBs available for postseason. ... Seattle WR Sidney Rice had zero catches in season finale and was targeted just once. It was first time this season he was shut out and second time since joining Seahawks before 2011 season he went without catch; other was last season against Washington. ... DE Chris Clemons led Seattle with 11 1-2 sacks, his third consecutive season with 11 or more, and DE Bruce Irvin led NFL rookies with eight sacks. ... Seahawks had five players selected to Pro Bowl: Lynch, T Russell Okung, S Earl Thomas, C Max Unger and KR Leon Washington. ... Redskins went worst-to-first after finishing last in division for four straight years. ... Redskins are first playoff team since 1943 New York Giants to be led in both yards passing (Griffin) and rushing (Morris) by rookies. ... Morris capped regular season with career-high 200 yards and three TDs vs. Cowboys. ... Washington led NFL with 88 runs of 10-plus yards. ... Redskins set franchise record with NFL-low 14 giveaways. ... Washington averaged league highs of 6.17 yards per play and 6.54 yards on first down. ... Opponents passed NFL-high 64.8 percent of time vs. Redskins defense, and it was league's worst on third downs overall, allowing teams to convert 44.2 percent. ... Washington's Pro Bowl selections were Griffin, special teams player Lorenzo Alexander and T Trent Williams.


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Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

As if they needed a reminder, the Wizards saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how much can change in a short period of time in the Eastern Conference playoff race where just two games separate the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

That No. 6 team is now your Washington Wizards, who began the day in fourth place but lost their first game in four days on the same night both the Cavs and Sixers won theirs. 

The Wizards lost to the Spurs on Wednesday and managed only 90 points, their fewest since Jan. 22. It was a lackluster performance in a game the Wizards needed to treat with urgency. 


The Spurs sure did.

"We've gotta have a better mentality coming into games," guard Bradley Beal said. "The Spurs were fighting for playoff seeding just like we were."

The Wizards have now lost six of their last 10, yet all those games have come against teams currently holding playoff spots. Considering John Wall reamins out with a left knee injury, it's hard to fault them too much when they are staying afloat just fine in the big picture.

The problem is that the closer they get to the end of the season, the more these losses are magnified. They amount to missed opportunities, some bigger than others.

That was not lost on Beal, who considered the alternative. If the Wizards had beaten the Spurs, they would be sitting in fourth, two spots higher, and just a game-and-a-half out of third.

"Every time we have a chance to move up, we take two steps back," Beal lamented.


The Wizards are in a high stakes part of the standings where plenty is in the balance. They are fighting for home court advantage, something they would get in the third or fourth spots. And who they match up with will be paramount.

By falling to sixth, the Wizards are currently in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the Pacers and Sixers are also good teams, they don't have LeBron James. Avoiding him and the Cavs would be ideal for the Wizards.

Beal has even bigger worries than that. He noted after the loss in San Antonio that they could fall even further if they aren't careful. They are now just a game-and-a-half up on the seventh-place Heat. 

"We've gotta realize what's at stake, man. The way we're going, we could keep dropping and mess around and be eighth. We've gotta do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The Wizards should be fine, if the previous two months are any indication. But Wednesday night was another example of how precarious things are for them this season in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference.


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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

No player on the Caps gets more scrutiny than defenseman Brooks Orpik. While the analytics aren't kind when he's on the ice, we got to see what the Caps looked like without him when he was scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday and...well, his loss was noticeable.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir discuss what Orpik's true impact on the Capitals really is both on and off the ice on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast. Plus, they also talk about John Carlson's monster season and Barry Trotz's new strategy for the goalies.

Listen to the latest episode in the player below or here on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.