When the Seattle Seahawks head to FedExField this Sunday to take on the Washington Football Team, fans could be getting a preview of the 2020 NFL Playoffs.
The Seahawks are coming off a blowout 40-3 victory over the hapless Jets in Week 14 and are now 9-4 on the season and on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot with a win over Washington this weekend.
As for Washington, it has won four consecutive games to improve to 6-7 on the season, taking over the first spot in the NFC East. Washington currently holds the fourth seed in the playoffs, and the Seahawks in the fifth spot, meaning Sunday’s game could preview a first-round matchup in the playoffs.
But first things first, the Seahawks have to lock that playoff spot up. The Washington Football Team is still waiting to see if Alex Smith can suit up this week, as he suffered a calf strain and continues to increase his conditioning ahead of Sunday’s game. Meanwhile, Dwayne Haskins continues to get reps in with the first-team offense.
“It feels alright. I’m just taking it day-by-day,” Smith said Wednesday. “I know you guys don’t want to hear that. I’m trying to obviously keep trying to make improvements. It’s obviously early in the week, and we’ll see as it goes on.”
The Seahawks are also hoping starting right tackle Brandon Shell can pull through for Sunday. Shell played two quarters in Week 14 before re-injuring his ankle and leaving the game. Wilson could certainly use Shell’s protection against a stacked defensive line of Chase Young, Montez Sweat, and Ryan Kerrigan.
“We'll have to wait until the end of the week to see how it develops, we can't call it now,” Carroll said Wednesday.
There's certainly a lot on the line for the Seahawks with three regular-season games remaining.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Seahawks Week 15 game vs. the Washington Football Team:
- Seattle has an 18-7 record in the last 25 10:00 a.m. PT kickoff starts, including a 5-0 record last season and 2-1 record this season.
- This is the 18th meeting between the Seahawks and Washington Football Team. Washington holds the 12-5 lead.
- Since 2001, Seattle is 1-7 vs. WFT in the regular season, but 3-0 in the postseason.
- Tyler Lockett needs two catches to set a career-high with 83 in a season.
- Russell Wilson needs four touchdowns to pass Dan Marino for second place for the most passing touchdowns in a player’s first nine seasons in NFL history with 267.
- Wilson also needs 11 attempts to pass Matt Hasselbeck for first place on Seattle’s all-time pass attempts list with 4,251.
MONEY LINE: -- Seahawks: -240 -- Washington Football Team: +190
POINT SPREAD: -- Seahawks: -5 (-115) -- Washington Football Team: +5 (-105) -- O/U: 44.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, December 20
Where: FedExField | Landover, Maryland
Start time: 10:00 a.m. PT
TV channel: FOX, NFL Network