Seattle Seahawks played a very feisty St. Louis Rams
Seattle, less decisively, beat a game opponent at home against St. Louis. Russell Wilson made history by matching Peyton Manning's longtime record of touchdown passes for a rookie quarterback with (26), while absolutely blistering the Rams cornerbacks with precision passing (15/19). He also added a rush TD, making that (4) on the season. St. Louis knew that they were out of the playoffs, but wanted Seattle to remember them going into the postseason.
The 49ers bludgeoned the Cardinals at home. This game appeared to be interestingly competitive, as wished for by Seahawks fans, for the first quarter, but the 49ers simply displayed why they are still the defending NFC West Champions.
Russell Wilson vs. RG3: Read-option galore
Washington Redskins superstar Robert Griffin III will utilize Shanahan's read-option to its maximum
Seattle Seahawks superstar Russell Wilson will perform Pete Carroll's read-option to perfection
Could Redskins fans and the 12th Man gotten anything more exciting than this matchup? This is the battle of the extremely popular Robert Griffin III vs. the overlooked and, for most of the time, overshadowed third-rounder Russell Wilson. Watching each game that these two rookie stars have played, I have to give the upside to RG3, but the competitive edge to Wilson. This is due to mainly in part to the absolute high expectation that RG3 exceeded and the obvious shock of the NFL and, in my opinion, the greatest GM/Coach move in the past decade of the NFL, Russell Wilson.
This game will surely be a contest, but the Seahawks win this one out. RG3 has never encountered a defense with this much speed in their front seven. Bobby Wagner and Chris Clemons will gobble up that read option all day and Richard Sherman will shutdown Pierre Garcon. Without Garcon, who is it that will step up in that receiving corp? Santana Moss does not have the speed that he formerly possessed and if he is brave and/or bored enough to cross the middle, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor will be waiting. Flag or no flag, these two safeties are relentless hitters.
Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch will put up their usual (100) yards and (1) touchdown performances, but it is the Seahawks defense and special teams that will win this hotly contested game. I foresee a kick return TD for Leon Washington, a blocked kick for Red Bryant and (2) defensive TDs for the speedsters in the Seahawks secondary. RG3 won't know what hit him... oh wait, never mind, Bruce Irvins's XL helmet and unusual agility are pretty distinguishable.
As always, the 12th Man stands beside our Seahawks 110% of the way. Though not at CenturyLink Field and literally across the nation, the Redskins will feel the storm of the Pacific Northwest that is coming more spirited than ever.