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Seahawks can't afford drops in rematch with 49ers

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Seahawks can't afford drops in rematch with 49ers

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Drops.

A problem that plagued Seattle's wide receivers in the past hasn't been an issue for most of this season. The one time it became a problem was in the Seahawks' first meeting against the San Francisco 49ers in October. The two teams play again Sunday night in Seattle in a key NFC game.

According to STATS LLC, the Seahawks have the fifth-fewest drops in the league this season. Through 14 games Seattle has just 19 drops. The San Diego Chargers have the fewest with 15. Last year, the Seahawks were tied for 14th with 27 drops on the season.

Golden Tate was targeted three times against the 49ers and didn't make a catch. It was the only game this season when he didn't have a reception. Both of Tate's drops this season came against San Francisco. With Seattle holding a 6-3 lead, Tate bobbled a third-down pass that would have kept the chains moving into San Francisco territory early in the third quarter.

Backup running back Robert Turbin broke free behind the 49ers' defense in the first quarter for what would have been a big gain and possibly a touchdown. But the pass slid through his fingers.

In a game decided by just a touchdown, the missed chances proved costly for the Seahawks. If Seattle wants to end the 49ers' four-game winning streak in the series, it can't make the same mistakes this Sunday.

Tate said going catch-less in the loss to the 49ers left a bad taste.

``For me it was tough. The last time we played them was a Thursday night game, so we had the whole weekend to think about it. Had a little time off, so it was frustrating to think about it. I was ready to get that one out of my system for the next week,'' Tate said.

``I want to be a player that we count on - a consistent player more importantly. Really I've just been trying to be consistent. That game I showed inconsistency.''

Quarterback Russell Wilson wasn't fazed and never showed outward frustration over the inability of his receivers to hang on to the football.

``He's not going after anybody, he's not going to get bothered by it, and he's just going to go to the next play,'' coach Pete Carroll said. ``He really believes that something is going to happen there. It's easy for him in essence because his mindset is so strong, so that doesn't affect him at all.''

Wilson was just 9 of 23 for 122 yards and an interception against the 49ers. His 38.7 passer rating against San Francisco is his lowest mark this season. Yet Wilson doesn't see the point of dwelling on a missed opportunity.

``There's times where you're like, `Oh man I wish he caught it' ... You have emotions but the key is staying even-keeled as possible, I think,'' Wilson said.

``I let the receivers know I'm coming right back to them. You don't think that they're not going to catch the next one, so you've got to keep playing.''

Seattle's offense has greatly improved since the initial meeting in October. Wilson has a passer rating of 111.3 over the seven games following the loss to the 49ers, throwing 13 touchdown passes and just two interceptions while Seattle has gone 5-2.

With the Seahawks able to clinch a playoff berth with a win, they are looking forward to judging how far they've come in the last seven weeks. For Tate, it's a chance to finally wash the bad taste from his mouth.

``We didn't play our best game the last time we played them, so to get another chance in such a crucial moment of the season is going to show everyone everything they want to know,'' Tate said. ``We're definitely excited about it.''

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The Atlanta Falcons play host to the Washington Redskins in their penultimate preseason game.

The Redskins will be looking to solidify their lineup with Trent Williams still holding out over a new contract, and Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting quarterback job.

This year during the preseason, Redskins fans can participate in a one-of-a-kind broadcast, Predict The Game, where fans can win cash prizes each quarter. This live viewing experience will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus with the regular game broadcast aired on NBC Sports Washington. 

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What is this broadcast? Predict The Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 30 questions that will appear on screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict The Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of the contest will be revealed during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

How do I win? Fans will earn points for correct predictions, with the top eligible scorer at the end of the game earning or splitting the $500 prize. 

Fans must enter Predict The Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.

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What:  Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons, 2018-19 NFL Preseason Game 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

When: Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Redskins at Falcons game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: You can live stream Redskins at Falcons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

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Within the group is a team that's based out of a nation's capital. Sticking with that theme, they'll be known as the D.C. Defenders.

Whether you like the name or not, one thing is for sure: The defensive side better be stout or the jokes will fly.

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The XFL is preparing to launch in 2020, with Pep Hamilton in line to be the head coach of the Defenders. Hamilton last spent time at the University of Michigan as an assistant head coach during the 2017-18 season and carries with him a great deal of NFL coaching experience.

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