35 degrees and light rain throughout game, 11 mph winds
- This was an outstanding victory for the Redskins. They overcame injuries to key players on offense (offensive line, wide receiver and tight end). The Redskins had to fly cross-country and played on a wet field to win the game against Seattle, a team on a four-game winning streak that generally plays better at home.
- The Seattle offense gained 437 yards, but don’t let that stat fool you as they score their two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. It was an offense that only got into the red zone twice and was 5 for 14 on third down. The problem? The Seahawks are without any semblance of a running game. Also, Russell Wilson has been asked to do a lot with few options. The plan mostly consists of him escaping and making plays with his feet (he was the team’s leading rusher again for the second straight week). The other option is throw shots down field and hope for a completed pass or generate a pass interference penalty. Wilson again made plays at the end of the game, but this time, it was too little, too late.
- Washington beat Seattle at their own game. They “out-Seattled” Seattle. By this we mean they made plays late in the game on both sides of the ball. Like Seattle, Washington struggled on offense for most of the game and could not get into a rhythm. Cousins was sacked six times, was under constant assault, and had to get rid of the ball quickly. Cousins was at his best when he took the Redskins 70 yards on just four plays including two big passes of 31 and 38 yards. On the 38-yard completion to wide receiver Josh Docton, Cousins said he changed the play at the line when he saw Seattle rookie Shaquill Griffin in press man coverage.
- Seattle’s defense per usual played well. This was without safety Earl Thomas. Seattle shut down the Redskins running game as Rob Kelley ran for two scores, but only managed to amass 18 yards on 14 carries. Seattle played newly signed edge rusher, veteran Dwight Freeny, and he made an instant impact by generating two sacks against left tackle T.J. Clemmings in place of the injured Trent Williams.
- The Seahawks were penalized 16 times for 138 yards during the game and lead the league in penalties (82 penalties in 8 games). Each member of the offensive line accounted for at least one penalty. Coaching plays a big part in the accumulation of penalties.
- They missed three field goals, from 44, 39 and 49 yards in the first half. Seattle moved the ball well at the end of the half to attempt a field goal that was missed. These missed field goals were a big factor in the outcome of the game and presumably played a big part in key coaching decisions such as:
- GOING FOR 2.- Seattle was 0-for-2 on two point conversions. Early in the fourth quarter, Seattle scored a touchdown to make it a 10-8 game. Perhaps the missed field goals were still fresh in Pete Carroll’s memory, but he elected to go for a two point conversion to attempt to tie the game rather than kick a PAT. Wilson threw an interception that almost was returned for two points by the Redskins. Seattle scored again to make it a 14-10 game. Pete Carroll again went for two and was denied. Two successful PATs would have made it a 16-10 game and had Washington scored, Seattle could have blocked the PAT attempt to tie the game or would have had a field goal to win the game rather than tie it. But now after Washington scored, it was a 17-14 game.
- Some of the most curious coaching decisions by both sides came in one sequence.
- Seattle, knowing they had no timeouts left, still attempted to run a play after Wilson connected with Paul Richardson on a 26 yard completion to get Seattle to the Washington 38-yard line with 15 seconds left. Seattle could have spiked the ball and possibly ran two plays to get the ball closer to field goal range or the end zone. Instead they ran a play and Wilson attempted to throw the ball away. However, Wilson was ruled down after taking a big loss. The referees had to review the play and ran 10 seconds off the clock and Seattle was now out of field goal range. They had to attempt a Hail Mary. The clock would have started with the referee signal as again Seattle had no timeouts remaining. Yet, Washington inexplicably called a timeout. This allowed Seattle to set up a Hail Mary attempt. The pass fell incomplete, but there was no reason Washington should have called a timeout there. Jay Gruden also gave the other team a timeout against the Chiefs earlier this season.