NFL Week 9 Pick: Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:41 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017 9:41 PM UTC

This game from the Pacific Northwest could be a potential wild-card game preview, although the Redskins really need to get going if that’s to be the case. Survivor Pick: Seattle.

Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks (-7, 45)

I would argue that the biggest winner of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline was Seattle, because it had the biggest hole of any Super Bowl contender: offensive line and, more specifically, a left tackle to protect Russell Wilson’s blind side. Well, the Seahawks appear to have solved that issue in spectacular fashion by acquiring three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown from Houston – the Seahawks were able to see Brown in person during last week’s 41-38 win over the Texans, and Brown played well despite making his season debut after a contract holdout. Seattle sent cornerback Jeremy Lane to Houston along with a 2018 fifth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick. That’s a high price, although Lane had fallen out of favor. Seahawks general manager John Schneider is clearly going all-in on this season. Brown should be a huge upgrade on Rees Odhiambo, a 2016 third-round pick who mostly struggled since being pressed into action at left tackle when George Fant tore his ACL in the preseason. Seattle has won the past two meetings with Washington, most recently 27-17 in Maryland in October 2014.

  • Redskins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC.
  • Seahawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November.
Free NFL Pick: Seahawks -7Best Line Offered: JustBet

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The Brown addition can only help MVP candidate Russell Wilson. That Seattle O-Line had allowed pressure on 33.3 percent of Wilson's dropbacks, the fourth-highest rate in the NFL. In addition, the run blocking was a problem. The Seahawks are 21st in rushing. Wilson comes off one of the games of his career in the win over Houston, passing for 452 yards with four touchdowns. His counterpart, Texans rookie Deshaun Watson threw for 402 yards with four touchdowns. It marked the sixth time in NFL history that opposing quarterbacks each passed for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in the same game. The Redskins are in a funk defensively, allowing a combined 67 points in back-to-back losses to the Eagles and Cowboys. Washington is really banged up as well. On Monday, Coach Jay Gruden named 13 injured players during his news conference, most of whom are questionable this week. A handful of those are on defense so I don’t see how Wilson doesn’t have another huge game.

  • Over is 13-3 in Redskins last 16 games following a straight up loss.
  • Over is 5-2 in Seahawks last 7 games in November.
Free NFL Pick: Over 45Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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