Monday Night Football: Seahawks at Redskins – 10-05-2014

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Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins (+7.5,
45)

The Washington Redskins will be hard-pressed to continue its
dominance against the Seattle Seahawks when the clubs square
off in the nation’s capital on Monday night. Washington is 11-4
in the all-time regular-season series and has won each of the
last six matchups, including a 23-17 triumph at Seattle on Nov.
27, 2011, in which Roy Helu Jr. accumulated 162 total yards and
a touchdown. The Seahawks haven’t defeated the Redskins since
posting a 24-14 home victory on Sept. 20, 1998, when they still
were members of the AFC West.

Washington’s season has gotten off to a disappointing start,
with Robert Griffin III going down with an ankle injury in the
club’s lone win in Week 2 and backup Kirk Cousins guiding the
team to two straight defeats – extending his personal losing
streak to five starts in the process. The reigning Super Bowl
champion Seahawks are coming off their bye week after
registering a thrilling 26-20 overtime triumph over Denver in
Week 3. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is off to a strong
start, completing 60-of-87 passes for 651 yards with six
touchdowns and just one interception over his first three
games.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE HISTORY:
Pinnacle Sports opened the Seahawks as 7-point road faves,
but are now -7.5. The total opened at 46 and dropped to 45.

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-60s
under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow across the field at 9
mph.

INJURY REPORT: Seahawks – RB Christine Michael
(Questionable, hamstring), LB Bruce Irvin (Questionable, ribs).
Redskins – DB Trenton Robinson (Questionable,
ankle), LB Akeem Jordan (Questionable, knee), TE Jordan Reed
(Questionable, hamstring), TE Niles Paul (Questionable,
concussion).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS:
Seahawks (-7.75) + Redskins
(3.5) + home field (-3.0) = Seahawks -7.75

WHAT SHARPS SAY: “There has been an
interesting pattern this season in the NFL where teams are
getting blown out on Thursday night, then bouncing back with a
solid effort in their next game. It’s happened each of the past
two weeks with both the Steelers and then Buccaneers winning
outright as an underdog after blowout Thursday night losses. It
makes sense as these teams get a semi-bye week with the extra
rest and preparation time. Washington is now in this bounce
back situation as the Redskins were awful in their loss to the
Giants with a 6-1 turnover deficit. Seattle is also in a good
situation as they have the benefit of a bye week to recover and
regroup after their high profile overtime win against the
Broncos two weeks ago. Seattle should also be fully focused for
this game especially since it’s a national TV Monday night
matchup.” Covers
Expert Steve Merrill.

CHEERLEADER WAR:

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS, 2-1 O/U):
Seattle will be without tight end Zach Miller, who is expected
to miss several games after undergoing ankle surgery last week.
Percy Harvin is proving to be a triple threat as he leads the
team in both receptions (16) and receiving yards (106), has
gained another 86 yards on six rushes and is averaging 20.1
yards on seven kickoff returns. Punter Jon Ryan was named the
NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September after
averaging 48.3 yards on 12 punts.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS, 3-1 O/U):

Washington figures to put pressure on Wilson as it leads the
NFL with 11 sacks, including five by league co-leader Ryan
Kerrigan. The linebacker is one-half sack away from becoming
the eighth player in team history to record 30. Alfred Morris
needs 156 rushing yards to pass Mike Thomas (3,359) for eighth
place on the franchise list and two touchdowns on the ground to
leap past Cliff Battles (23) and tie Earnest Byner (25) for
seventh.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Seahawks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight Monday games.
* Redskins are 2-6 ATS in their last eight Monday games.
* Under is 7-1 in Seahawks last eight vs. NFC

COVERS CONSENSUS: 65 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are backing the Seahawks.

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