Seahawks at Redskins: Fresh Faces

by @steven_lebron

Best game on the board this week, right? I suppose by the time we get to this one on Sunday afternoon, we’ll know if they have to live up to the crazy expectations of the match-ups preceding them.

In a first round where both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are playing, who knew that the most important rookies might just turn out to be Russell Wilson and Alfred Morris.

And does Matt Flynn text Alex Smith, or is it the other way around. Either way, those exchanges must be a downer.

For Washington, they punched a ticket to the post-season with a victory over the Cowboys last week. Or to put it more aptly, Morris did the punching with over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Griffin hasn’t looked his usual dynamic self since coming back from injury, and it does take a bit away from their offense, but if his rookie mate in the back field can put up the same performance against a stout Seattle defense, it may not matter.

As for the Seahawks. They come into the playoffs with a lot of acclaim and buzz. That tends to happen when you start beating teams by scores of 58-0 (granted, it was Arizona), 50-17 (in Toronto against Buffalo, not exactly a frightening proposition) and 42-13 (at home against San Francisco, who were coming off a short week and a tough battle against New England; actually, never mind, this one was impressive, not going to sell them short).

I will say this: if you told me the Seahawks had a bye and would need to win two playoff games at home to make the Super Bowl, I’m not sure if I’d pick anyone else in the NFC. But on the road? Consider me still a skeptic.

This team’s been a wonderful story. Frankly, both teams have been. It’s always nice to see fresh faces in the tournament. One stays. One goes.

The more complete team, and the better defense should make the difference. I just hope this one lives up to the billing.

27-24 Seahawks.

I just picked every favorite this week.

What does everybody else think?

If this wasn’t the year of the rookie QB, we’d be talking about Alfred Morris as part of the ROY derby.

302 carries, 1,413 yards, 4.7 avg, 10 touchdowns and one great touchdown celebration.

If this wasn’t the year of the rookie QB, we’d be talking about Alfred Morris as part of the ROY derby.

302 carries, 1,413 yards, 4.7 avg, 10 touchdowns and one great touchdown celebration.