It’s a battle of rookie quarterbacks that has peaked my interest most for this weekend. They are two teams that have run similar paths of late resurgence led by Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson respectfully. RG3 came into the year with high expectations, and he has more then surpassed them, quickly emerging as a threat for the top 10 QB list. Meanwhile, the Seahawks shocked many by giving Russell Wilson the job, but he has been a stone cold stud all year long. Who will win on Sunday?
How Washington Can Win: No one is playing better football right now then the Redskins. They went into their bye week in Week 10 losers of three straight, and they have yet to suffer defeat since, winners of their last seven. This included a clutch win from Kirk Cousins, who will be one of the hotter names in the QB market this summer with his brief but great showing. RG3 is obviously the key, but Alfred Morris has also been a huge factor. Add on to that a defense that hasn’t blown anyone away statistically, but has held their opponents to 20 points a game in their last three. The home crowd will be rocking on Sunday, and RG3 will be looking for a debut playoff victory.
How Seattle Can Win: The Seahawks are on fire themselves, winners of seven of their last eight games. Before last week’s 20-13 win over the Rams, the offense had put up 58, 50, and 42 in their respective games before. They will be looking to get back to those high point totals if they want to beat the Skins, who are built to win both a shootout and a close game. Despite the great play of Wilson, Marshawn Lynch is the workhorse on this team. The Hawks will look to control the game with him, while playing solid defense as well. This Seattle team is still the best home team in football, but unlike years before, the Hawks were improved on the road this year, including winning their last two road ventures at Chicago and Buffalo.
Our Prediction: Of all four games this weekend, I’m most up in the air on this one. It’s tough to predict what will happen as both teams are extremely young and inexperienced when it comes to January football. I doubt either QB will be phased by the stage or feel any pressure, so it will likely come down to which defense can make a big play. That figures to be Seattle, but the Skins are at home, so that cancels out that factor. This is a virtual coin toss in my head, and when in doubt, I go with the home team. I’m looking for RG3 to stay right on pace with Andrew Luck, and keep the internal competition going with them into next weekend. I like the Redskins to pull it out 27-24.
What do you think will happen? Will Seattle pull off the road upset, or do you like RG3 to get his first playoff win? Let us know in the comments!