NFL Betting Preview: Seahawks @ Washington - Sinking Seattle set for capital punishment

Washington Football Team can make it three wins on the spin when they host struggling Seattle on Monday Night Football.

Even in a season of surprises, the fact that Seattle's playoff hopes look to be over after just 10 games is one of the biggest shocks of all, and life won't get any easier when they travel to an in-form Washington Football Team.

We're back with an in-depth look at Monday's clash, and you can also benefit from Planet Sport Bet's NFL ACCA INSURANCE offer that means you get your money back as a free bet if one leg lets you down.

When: November 29th, 2021 - 01:15 (BST)

Where: FedEx Field, Washington

How to watch: NFL Game Pass / Sky Sports NFL

Best bets

Under 47.5 points - 10/11

Washington to win - 10/11

Seattle Seahawks under 22.5 points - 6/5

Background: Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Football Team

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After a 3-7 start, Seattle's playoff hopes lie in tatters and there is a genuine feeling that this could be the end of an era at Lumen Field, with one or both of head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson looking highly likely to part ways with the Seahawks at the end of the campaign.

To give you an idea of how bad Seattle have been, only the winless Detroit Lions have a worse NFC record than the Seahawks, and this season is heading towards being their worst since 2008.

A 23-13 home defeat at home to Arizona last time out was Seattle's fifth loss in six games, with their only win in that period coming against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars.

There are problems on both sides of the ball with the Seahawks ranking 30th in offensive yards per match with 298.6 and 31st in yards per game conceded with 401.8.

Washington have turned their season around in the last two weeks with victories over Tampa Bay and Carolina moving them to 4-6, and a win here will move them to within two wins of inconsistent Dallas at the top of the NFC East.

There have been marked improvements on both sides of the ball with quarterback Taylor Heinicke playing the best football of his career and the defence restricting Tampa and Carolina to 273 and 300 total yards respectively in their last two games.

It's hard to see where the Seattle points are coming from with Washington allowing the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game and Russell Wilson throwing for an average of just 184 yards per match since returning from injury.

We're also backing the under 47.5 points market as Seattle's matches this season have hit the over just twice in 10 games, while it's five in 10 for Washington. The hosts are averaging just 21.2 points a game this season, ranking them a lowly 21st in the NFL, while Seattle are 24th with an average of 19.4 points per match.

With Washington carrying the ball 40 times against Carolina and 34 versus Tampa Bay, expect the same tactics once again on Monday night, which should eat up plenty of clock and limit the scoring.

Quarterback Matchup: Taylor Heinicke vs Russell Wilson

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Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke has toppled two decorated veterans in the last couple of weeks and has the chance to make it three in a row when he faces off against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Heinicke performed superbly last weekend against the Panthers, with 206 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he has a great chance to shine once again against a Seattle pass defence surrendering over 279 yards per game.

The Washington signal caller also rushed for 29 yards against the Panthers, extending a couple of plays with his legs in a fashion that Russell Wilson himself would have been proud of. Heinicke now has 276 rushing yards for the season, fifth best among all NFL quarterbacks.

He also could benefit from facing a soft Seattle pass rush that has generated just 17 sacks this season, the third-worst total in the NFL.

There are whispers in the capital that Heinicke could have a real shot of becoming Washington's franchise quarterback, and if he can cope with the growing weight of expectation it could be another game to remember for the 28-year-old on Monday night.

Over in Seattle these are troubling times for Russell Wilson, and if he was raising concerns about leaving the Seahawks after a 12-4 season in 2020 we can only imagine how he must be feeling this time around!

However, a lot of the blame for Seattle's struggles must fall on Wilson himself, who ranks 23rd in passing yards per game and 18th in rushing yards, and in 10 starts since last Christmas he has been sacked 32 times. While it certainly reflects badly on his offensive line, it is also a worrying sign that his famed scrambling skills may be on the wane.

Wilson's season was interrupted by a finger injury but since his return he has thrown for 161 and 207 yards with no touchdowns and an interception, making many fans and pundits think he may still be making a recovery.

However, one thing in Wilson's favour is that one of Washington's biggest weaknesses is their shaky pass defence, which has shipped 24 passing touchdowns already this season, the second-worst total in the league.

And of course Wilson still has star receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett at his disposal, and if he can raise his game under the lights like he has done so many times before, the former MVP could yet prove that he is still a force to be reckoned with.

Key Men

Antonio Gibson - Washington Football Team

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Washington's lead running back has a golden opportunity to enjoy more success on the ground against a Seahawks side that gives up 122.2 rushing yards per game, making them the NFL's 24th-ranked run defence.

Gibson rushed for 95 yards last week at an impressive average of five yards per carry and he is averaging 64.3 yards per game this season with five touchdowns scored.

Terry McLaurin - Washington Football Team

Unfortunately for Seahawks fans their side is even worse at defending the pass, with a total of 291.7 yards per game given up through the air which makes them the NFL's 30th-ranked pass defence.

Step forward "Scary Terry", who lived up to his moniker last week with 103 receiving yards in just five receptions.

That was McLaurin's fourth game of the season with 100+ receiving yards and in three of those games Washington emerged victorious. If Heinicke can find his favourite receiver on a regular basis it will go a long way to deciding Washington's fate on Monday night.

DK Metcalf - Seattle Seahawks

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DK Metcalf has not scored a touchdown in the two games since Russell Wilson returned to the side, and a total of 57 receiving yards from those two matches is another worrying sign.

However, until last week Metcalf hadn't gone two games without scoring all season and against a side that has allowed the 10th most passing yards in the NFL this campaign, Metcalf could well bounce back and breathe life into Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense.

Gerald Everett - Seattle Seahawks

In a golden age of tight ends in the NFL, Gerald Everett may fly under the radar but the former Rams man could have a key role against Washington, having averaged 50 yards over Seattle's last two games.

Everett has also forced eight missed tackles on just 25 receptions this season, a total bettered only by three players, two of whom are tight end royalty Travis Kelce and George Kittle.

Previous matchups

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20th December, 2020: Seattle Seahawks 20 @ Washington Football Team 15

Seattle's fall from grace has been a quick one, demonstrated by the fact that not even a year ago, victory over Washington secured a third straight playoff berth and their eighth in nine seasons.

It was far from pretty, with Russell Wilson throwing for just 121 yards, one touchdown and an interception, but a pair of Carlos' came through for the Seahawks with Hyde and Dunlap rushing for a 50 yard touchdown and producing a game-winning sack of Dwayne Haskins.

Washington quarterback Haskins threw for almost 300 yards but his two interceptions were costly and showed the inexperience that would eventually see him benched in favour of Taylor Heinicke later in the season.

Both teams would ultimately make the playoffs but both exited at the Wild Card stage, with Washington falling to eventual winners Tampa and Seattle losing to their old rivals, the LA Rams.

5th November, 2017: Washington Redskins 17 @ Seattle Seahawks 14

A banged-up Washington side secured a shock victory in Seattle thanks to an efficient performance from quarterback Kirk Cousins, a pair of rushing touchdowns from Robert Kelley and a stout fourth-quarter defensive performance to repel the surging Seahawks.

Cousins threw for 247 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions while Russell Wilson had a far more eventful afternoon, throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns but tossing two interceptions which ultimately proved to be the undoing of his side.

6th October, 2014: Seattle Seahawks 27 @ Washington Redskins 17

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What Seattle fans would give for the Russell Wilson they saw in this matchup. The Seahawks signal-caller completed 18 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 122 yards.

The former Super Bowl champs rarely looked in trouble and their margin of victory would have been far greater had wide receiver Percy Harvin not had a remarkable three touchdowns ruled out because of penalties.

The win moved Seattle to 3-1 and they would eventually win the NFC Championship for the second year running before falling to New England in the Super Bowl thanks to that interception by Malcolm Brown in the dying seconds of a thrilling game.

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