SEAHAWKS’ NEXT OPPONENT
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-4)
1:05 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field, Ch. 13
Line: Seahawks by 7.
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Against the Seahawks: Redskins lead the regular-season series 11-5. In the last meeting, on Oct. 6, 2014, the Seahawks won 27-17 in Landover, Maryland, ending a six-game losing streak in the regular season against Washington that went back to 1998. Washington’s last two trips to Seattle were for the playoffs, and were losses: in January 2006 and January 2008. The last time Redskins lost in the regular season in Seattle was Sept. 20, 1998, 24-14. Seattle’s Ricky Watters ran for 136 yards to offset Hall of Famer Warren Moon’s rare inaccurate passing day (16 for 33) in the Kingdome.
What to know: The Redskins are as hammered by injuries as any team in the NFL. Last week they ended a 33-19 loss at home to Dallas playing four substitutes on the offensive line, and they may start this game like that. They have four of their five starting offensive linemen either out or doubtful to play Sunday. Two of their top three tight ends are out, Niles Paul and Jordan Reed. The defensive line will be without Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis. The defense is also without former University of Washington middle linebacker Mason Foster. An inside stalwart in Washington’s 3-4, Foster is on injured reserve following a torn labrum in his shoulder. … Kirk Cousins is having another strong season passing, in yet another contract year. He has 13 touchdowns against four interceptions with a passer rating of 103.3. … His leading receiver is running back Chris Thompson, who at 5 feet 8 is hard to tackle in the open field. Thompson has 31 catches with three touchdown receptions. … Terrelle Pryor was a Seahawks backup quarterback during the 2014 preseason. He’s now a backup wide receiver for Washington. The team officially lists him as a starter, but he’s had secondary roles lately and has 18 catches this season. … The leader pass catcher among wide receivers is Jamison Crowder with 28. He is questionable to play Sunday because of a hamstring injury. … Washington’s only win since September is a 26-24 victory over winless San Francisco at home on Oct. 15. The Redskins’ best win is back in week two, 27-20 over the Rams in Los Angeles. Their win a week later at home over Oakland 27-10 is the only time this season they haven’t allowed at least 20 points. Philadelphia (twice) and Dallas have put up at least 30 on them. Washington is 28th in the league allowing 25.7 points per game. … The Redskins still have two premier pass rushers off the edge: Ryan Kerrigan (six sacks) and Preston Smith (4½). They are this game’s biggest challenge for Seattle and its offensive tackles Germain Ifedi and Duane Brown in his Seahawks debut. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson calls Kerrigan, who rushes off the weakside as a linebacker, "one of the best players in football for several years now."
… Washington has 20 sacks in seven games, the eighth-best average of sacks per game in the NFL. … Cornerback Josh Norman is back from a rib injury. He is still a shutdown corner who can take a third of the field away from a passing game. He usually stays on the defense’s left side instead of matching up and moving around, so expect the Seahawks to move Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson away from their offensive right side. … The Redskins have been good against the run, allowing barely over 100 yards per game.
Quotable: "I think his confidence in this system is really starting to show, his ability to get us out of bad plays, and make plays on the fly. His scramble plays, he’s had some good rushing games for us, and he’s gotten us out of some binds on third down with small-schedule plays, I think that’s where his game has improved the most. … Now, we have a line that’s a little bit not used to playing with him. That’s the biggest challenge right now, is getting the protection and getting everybody on the same page."—Washington coach Jay Gruden on quarterback Kirk Cousins.