With 21 players injured, the Washington Redskins went to Seattle and after a defensive battle royale, the Redskins came out victorious!
Statistically, the Seahawks had 22 1st downs to the Redskins 16. The Seahawks had 437 total yards to the Redskins 244 total yards. The Seahawks defense sacked Redskins QB Kirk Cousins 6 times for a loss of 58 total yards. The Redskins sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson only twice for a loss of 8 yards. Seattle also won the time-of-possession battle with 32:19 minutes to the Redskins 27:41. However, the Seahawks had 16 penalties for 138 lost yards to the Redskins 7 penalties for 62 yards.
Seattle was penalized more than twice as much as the Redskins. The Redskins greatly benefited from Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missing 3 consecutive field goal attempts. The Redskins defense intercepted two passes. The Seahawks scored first when their defense sacked Cousins for a safety. The Redskins then took the lead when Robert “Fat Rob” Kelley scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Redskins kicker Nick Rose kicked the extra point and also kicked a 28-yard field goal to increase the Redskins lead 10 to 2.
Seahawks QB Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to make the score 10 to 8. Seattle attempted a 2-point conversion but it failed when Redskins defensive back DJ Swearinger intercepted the ball and ran it back down the field pitching it off to Josh Norman. In spite of the exciting play, it remained only a failed 2-point conversion. Seattle regained the lead when Wilson completed a 30-yard touchdown pass which made the score 14 to 10. Another 2-point conversion attempt by the Seahawks failed.
The score remained 14 to 10 until Redskins QB Cousins threw two big gain passes to receivers Brian Quick and Josh Doctson. Doctson’s catch put the ball on the 1-yard line and RB Robert Kelley scored his second touchdown with a minute left in the game to make the score 16 to 14. The extra point by Nick Rose was good and the Redskins held on to the 17 to 14 lead as their defense kept the Seahawks from scoring again. On 4th down, two Seahawks receivers had a chance at a “Hail Mary” touchdown catch in the end zone but Redskins veteran DeAngelo Hall got a hand on the ball to make it an incomplete pass. Redskins win!
The Redskins were fortunate that the Seahawks kicker missed three of three field goal attempts and they also overcame a safety and a lost fumble. The game was very close and an exciting nail-biter of a defensive contest. This writer would give a game ball to Greg Manusky, defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. The offensive line and the defense played their guts out and fought hard for 60 minutes. I even saw usually calm Head Coach Jay Gruden showing some fire, arguing about several calls.
The “football experts” didn’t give the Redskins a chance to beat the Seahawks with so many injuries, playing in Seattle known for its 12th Man crowd noise, and in the rain. Now the Redskins have a record of four wins and four losses with eight more games left to play. The Washington Redskins seem to play their best when they are considered the underdogs. They are still in the chase for the NFC East Division Title and/or a wildcard playoff spot. Our team deserves what Head Coach George Allen would give them after the game, “Let’s hear three cheers for the Redskins! HIP HIP HOORAY, HIP HIP HOORAY, HIP HIP HOORAY!!!”
Hopefully, some of our starters will be healed up enough to play against the Minnesota Vikings next game. A win against the Vikings may start a winning streak for our team and it is possible the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys may stumble before the end of the season. Our Redskins believe in themselves and the fans need to as well!
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