NFL Playoffs: Seahawks vs. Redskins Preview

By Jake Coburn
Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson
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Entering the first week of the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks will start on the road as they face off against the Washington Redskins.

Not only will this matchup feature two explosive offenses, but two of the best rookie quarterbacks will be battling against each other to move on to the next round.

Throughout the season the debate has been which rookie quarterback is the best between Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Washington’s Robert Griffin III and the Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck.

It is only fitting that two of these quarterbacks would meet the first week of the postseason after leading their teams to a playoff berth in their first year.

Both teams will have to find a way to do what has seemed like the impossible, stop the offenses led by Griffin and Wilson.

For the Seahawks to keep their offense on fire they will first have to protect their young quarterback. For Wilson to have a productive day the offensive line must control the line of scrimmage and give the rookie the time he needs to make the plays either with his arm or his legs.

Along with protecting Wilson, the offensive line needs to create holes and openings for running back Marshawn Lynch to get up field and have production in the run game. It is important for the Seahawks to have a successful run game to control the game and tempo like they want it.

Defensively, the Seahawks have really only one job to do which is slow down Griffin which is much more easily said than done. The Seahawks will have both of their star corners with Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner who is returning from his four game suspension. The secondary cannot get beat with the deep ball and allow the big play.

In addition to stopping the pass, the Redskins have an exceptional run game ranked first in the league led by rookie running back Alfred Morris. Seattle’s defense must be quick getting to the talent back in order to stop him from breaking off the big runs. Linebacker Bobby Wagner will have to be a leader on the defense and continue to perform like he has in his first season in the league.

Seattle’s defense has to key on Griffin and not allow him to scramble for a big gain. They have to swarm the ball and bring Griffin down on the first contact. If the Seahawks can slow down the talented quarterback, they could easily advance to the next round of the postseason

This will be an exciting game as these two young stars battle it out to stay alive in the playoffs.

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