The similarities between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks are evident, in fact it is borderline scary. Now, these two upstart franchises have plenty to root for in 2013 and beyond. I have no doubt the new year will treat both of these team quite well. Here is a closer look into what exactly these two NFL teams have in common.
Quarterback - While the reasoning may be entirely different for each of these teams, they both have a rookie underneath center. All season long, the Redskins have basked in the production of 3rd overall pick, Robert Griffin III. Making a leap to Griffin meant quite a few draft picks sent to the Cleveland Browns, nonetheless the Skins have to be happy with the move. On the other hand, the Seahawks also made a risky decision this off season, but this time in free agency. In March, Matt Flynn was signed to three year $19.5M contract to be the Seahawks starting quarterback. Flynn has attempted nine passes this season. The 75th pick overall, Russell Wilson has made his case for Rookie of the Year.
Griffin – 15 Games, 3,200 Pass Yards, 20 Pass TDS, 5 INT, 65.6 COMP, (815 Rush Yards, 7 Rush TD, 12 Fumbles)
Wilson – 16 Games, 3,118 Pass Yards, 26 Pass TDS, 10 INT, 64.1 COMP, (489 Rush Yards, 4 Rush TD, 6 Fumbles)
Running Game- Evident from the stats above, both teams have unlimited speed at the QB position. Also, both teams feature game changing running backs with similar production. With career highs in Attempts and Rush Yards, Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks has solidified the clubs rushing attack. With 3 more TD’s and 23 more Rush Yards than Lynch, the Redskins leading rusher Alfred Morris is a force to be reckoned with. Both of these teams feature backs that can make a difference without a doubt.
Wide Receivers: Admittedly, neither of these teams maintain a game changing wide receiver. They make the most out of what they have, however it has worked all season. Sidney Rice and Pierre Garcon were not even close to 1,000 yard receivers yet they still contributed. Although neither team has a guy to double team, both clubs make do. Garcon was missed greatly when he was out of the lineup and, the Redskins are a much better team with him in the line up.
At the end of the day, both of these teams are similar on the offensive front. Look for these two offenses to clash on Sunday afternoon.