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Redskins Week 9 Preview: A Test Against The 12th Man

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Redskins Travel To Seattle In Week 9

The Washington Redskins will be traveling to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in Week 9. They are coming off a loss to their division rival Dallas Cowboys. That loss dropped them to 3-4 on the year and 0-3 in the division.  If Washington wants to make up any ground in the division and the race for the playoffs, it starts in Week 9. Their schedule going forward is very tough.

Overcoming The 12th Man

When opposing teams are traveling to Seattle, one thing that they must account for is the crowd noise. It is so disruptive that it is labeled as the “12th Man”. It gives the eleven men who are playing defense an extra boost, a boost that could be overwhelming for a struggling offense. Washington has been struggling to find their identity on offense all season. If they want to have any success against the Seahawks defense on the road, they will need to get more players involved.

Last week, Jamison Crowder was the most effective receiver for Washington. This week he will miss the matchup against the Seahawks. The loss of Crowder is a big blow because he was starting to gain some momentum in the offense. Also, I felt like Crowder could have been a player that the Redskins could rely on this week. Seattle has, in the past, struggled with quick, agile receivers that can work their way underneath and around the field. Last week, Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins were able to have success as the Texans’ X and Z receivers. That could be used as evidence of encouragement for the Redskins’ X and Z receivers. Those outside receivers for Washington have not been in the same form as the Texans’ receivers. I think it will be tough for Washington’s bigger receivers to work themselves openly against a solid Seahawks secondary.

Containing Russell Wilson

During the current Seahawks four-game winning streak, Russell Wilson is averaging 320 yards per game. Last week, he threw for 452 and four touchdowns. In addition, he led the team in rushing yards in that game. A big reason why he has been so successful over the past few games is his ability to extend plays and buy himself more time.

Look no further than Washington’s two games against the Philadelphia Eagles to analyze how important it is to contain quarterbacks. Especially those who like to use their legs like Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson. The Redskins are already dealing with key injuries at every level of their defense. It will be tough to contain Wilson entirely without leaving other areas exposed in Week 9.

The good news is that Seattle, like Washington, is struggling to run the ball. Currently, they are 22nd in the NFL averaging 97.6 rushing yards per game. Seattle has adjusted to this; the Redskins will have to keep an eye out on all of the sweeps and play action sweeps that they like to do out of the shotgun. It still keeps the linebackers honest and forces them to make a smart read.