Thursday, January 3, 2013
Seahawks-Redskins: Eight notes to know
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Washington Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in the NFC Wild-Card Playoffs. Here are eight notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the matchup:
Russell Wilson will face Robert Griffin III in the second playoff game ever between rookie starting quarterbacks. You don’t have to go back too far for the first such meeting, which occurred in last season’s wild-card playoffs when T.J. Yates and the Texans defeated Andy Dalton and the Bengals.
The Seahawks have lost eight straight road playoff games dating back to the 1983 divisional playoffs against the Miami Dolphins. A loss Sunday would match the Lions for the longest postseason road losing streak in NFL history (1970-2011).
The Redskins are 5-1 all-time in the wild-card playoffs, tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the best record in the opening round by teams with at least four appearances. Unfortunately for Washington, it lost its last wild-card game in 2007 against the Seahawks.
The Redskins finished the season on a seven-game winning streak after starting a 3-6 start. Washington became the first team since the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars to reach the playoffs after a 3-6 start. That Jaguars team would advance to the AFC Championship Game before falling to the New England Patriots.
Opting for the Option
Nearly 30 percent of the Seahawks’ rushes in the last five weeks of the regular season have utilized a variation of the option after they used it just five times in their first 11 games. On the other sideline, only the Carolina Panthers (146 rushes) have run the option more than the Redskins this season overall (128 rushes).
Turn Down the Pressure
Robert Griffin III posted a 96.8 Total QBR when facing five or more pass rushers in 2012, the highest rating for any qualified quarterback over the past five seasons. Griffin’s success against such pressure has caused teams to dial it back, however, as he has faced four or fewer rushers a league-high 78.8 percent of the time.
Ready for Beast Modee
Marshawn Lynch ranked third in the NFL with 1,590 rushing yards this season and rushed for 100 yards in four straight and eight of his last 10 games. Since 2011, no player has more 100-yard games than Lynch’s 16.
All About Alfred
Alfred Morris finished second in the NFL with 1,613 rush yards this season -- the third-most rush yards by a rookie in NFL history -- and he did it with big plays. Morris had 55 rushes with gains of 10 or more yards this season, second-most in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson (61). Since the start of 2001, only Peterson this season and Ricky Williams in 2002 (57) finished a regular season with more 10-yard rushes than Morris in 2012.