Despite a chaotic final phase, the Washington Football Team won the Monday Night Game in week 12 17:15 against the Seattle Seahawks and thus got a playoff spot for the time being. Particularly amazing was how unimaginative the guests acted offensively over long stretches of the match.
After fruitless drives on both sides, Washington launched a series of attacks that lasted nearly ten minutes. In the end, though, there was only one 23-yard field goal.
The Seahawks responded with a couple of explosive plays, including a 56-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett on an intersecting route. A little later, Wilson then found tight-end Gerald Everett for a 6-yard touchdown pass – also on a crossing route.
The game fell into chaos in the second quarter. Taylor Heinicke threw a rejected interception to Jamal Adams – Quandre Diggs was also involved – and just two games later the Seahawks returned the ball. Alex Collins lost a fumble that linebacker Cole Holcomb caught on his own half.
After that, the home team marched into the red zone again within the last two minutes before the break, and Heinicke eventually found running back JD McKissic for a 10-yard touchdown. The drive was aided by several penalties against the Seahawks, including a team penalty on the 3rd down and roughing of passes on edge-rusher Rasheem Green.
Washington Football Team: Kicker injured after blocked extra points
However, the subsequent extra point was blocked by the same Green – Green then even led the leather into the opposite end zone and made it 9: 9 at the break. When he tried to rush after Green when he returned, kicker Joey Slye also injured his hind thigh and was out after the break. Head coach Ron Rivera gave the opposite ESPN even indicates that Slye would only be available for extra points if any. However, this never happened in practice.
After the break, the home team stopped the Seahawks 3-and-out and then marched toward the goal zone again for nearly five minutes. McKissic again scored a 10-yard touchdown, this time on the floor. Rivera then opted for a two-point conversion. Antonio Gibson took over and brought the lead to 17: 9.
As a result, the Seahawks for a long time bit their teeth into the Washington defense, while Washington was only sporadically effective offensively. That changed during the fourth quarter when the home team shut down one of their dreaded endless drives. After nearly nine minutes and 16 games, Washington finally played a 4 ‘and goal on the 3′, but Logan Thomas’ presumed TD catch became an incomplete pass after a review, and the Seahawks got the ball without timeouts shortly before the two-minute warning. back again. .
And the Seahawks took that chance. Wilson shot his team down the field again and eventually fired a 32-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Freddie Swain. The subsequent two-point conversion failed, however, because Kendall Fuller intercepted Wilson’s pass in the end zone. Seattle then even got the onside kicked, but was punished for an illegal formation. The second attempt ended in Washington, which ended the game.
Washington thus occupies 7th place in the NFC and would now have had the last wildcard in the conference, but now has to worry about McKissic being injured in the team’s last drive. A diagnosis is still awaiting.
Washington Football Team (5-6) vs. Seattle Seahawks (3-8)
Result: 17:15 (3: 7, 6: 2, 8: 0, 0: 6) BOXSCORE
Washington vs. Seahawks – the most important statistic
- The break result of 9: 9 is extremely unusual. There was one in this game for only the seventh time in the Super Bowl era. The last time this happened was in the Vikings’ match against the Jaguars in 2016.
- Prior to Gibson’s successful two-point conversion, Washington had awarded twelve such attempts in a row. It was the longest active streak in the NFL.
- The Seahawks matched their own negative record for the season from the game against the 49ers in Week 4 between the second and fourth quarters by finishing five consecutive 3-and-outs on their own offensive line. Only a scramble by Wilson gave Seattle a first try again – only the fifth in the game.
The Star of the Game: Defensive Front (Washington)
What the football team’s defense did was not spectacular, but it was overwhelming. The front dominated the series of scrimmage and completely paralyzed Seattle’s running game from the start. In addition, the pressure on Wilson increased as the game progressed, also because Washington flashed very effectively. Overall, this was a dominant performance by the capital club.
Match Flop: Attack (Seahawks)
What is the identity of this device? It does not show this game anymore. Tried to run in early slopes. It did not work. Deep shots were created early in the game via intersecting routes, but this was then abandoned and limited to monotonous passes down the middle to close ends and vertical routes on the outside, which remained ineffective because there was no time left either due to pressure from the defense. or Wilson did not even look in the direction of DK Metcalf (1 catch, 4 goals). He only saw one goal in the fourth quarter, which was also negligent. To make matters worse, late in the game, Wilson missed wide open receivers in the middle to force risky deep shots to the outside – to no avail.
Analysis: Washington vs. Seahawks – the tactical board
The Seahawks relied more on press coverage than their usual Cover 3 concepts in this game. They also went for a single high safety with Quandre Diggs as usual, though box safety Jamal Adams occasionally fell behind.
Washington, on the other hand, tried zone coverage right from the start, which the Seahawks – not a new find either – fought with intersecting routes. This paid off especially with passes to Tyler Lockett. But his 56-yard reception in the first half was also the result of a misunderstanding as he was ultimately not sent properly from one defensive to the next and was completely open as a result.
- Against DK Metcalf, however, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s unit was most dependent on double coverage. Therefore, Wilson rarely looked in his direction. However, the Seahawks did him no favors with their play call and let him run almost exclusively vertical routes – there were no burglary routes like slopes or at least a screen. It all seemed too unimaginative.
- Overall, the Seahawks’ offensive approach seemed monotonous. It was mostly bet on the run game in the early downs, which was ineffective given Washington’s dominance on the field. Therefore, the Seahawks repeatedly put themselves in long third downs, which then mostly failed, as Washington at the time usually used good flash.