Thursday, January 3, 2013

2 Games That Should Give Redskins Fans Hope

A Look Back At 2 Games That Should Give Redskins Fans Hope Going Into The Seattle Game

WEEK 6:  Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins
October 14th, 2012 - Redskins 38, Vikings 26

In order to beat the Seahawks the Redskins will need to stop Marshawn Lynch and Seattle's excellent rushing attack. If the run defense plays at the level they did against Minnesota and Adrian Peterson then the Redskins might just pull off the "upset".

Back in October, the Redskins held AD to just 79 yards on 17 carries. Holding Adrian Peterson to under 80 yards is something that only happened twice all season!   But the Skins don't just have to deal with Marshawn Lynch.  The Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson has a tad more mobility than Christian Ponder, which as you can see with Alfred Morris' stats, can be devastating to run defenses.

With RG3's mobility not appearing to be at 100% like it was for the game-breaking run below, the defense exhibited that day is going to be key.  October's meeting showed that stopping a beast is do you like that mode?

WEEK 8:  Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions
October 28th, 2012 - Lions 28, Seahawks 24

The Seattle/Detroit game is an excellent game to prove why the Redskins can win on Sunday. Seattle was on the road, facing a team that has an above-average QB and a shaky defense, exactly what they'll be seeing in the Washington Redskins.

Seattle didn't struggle offensively by any means, and don't expect much difference on Sunday.  But the Seahawks defense simply couldn't keep up with Mathew Stafford and Detroit's playmakers.  Look for RG3 to exploit that defense with the play action.

If the eventual 4-12 Detroit Lions had success against Seattle then the NFC East winning Washington Redskins have a great shot on Sunday.

Written By Redskins Contributor Ben Gerow

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