Washington vs. Seahawks score: Ron Rivera’s defense stops Russell Wilson as Washington wins third in a row

Russell Wilson did not look much like himself in his first two games after an injury. Monday night, with perhaps his last real chance to revive the Seahawks’ dwindling playoff hopes in prime time, he looked just as bad, if not worse, until his final drive. The former MVP candidate desperately stumbled after taking a two-game slide and stumbled across FedExField before a last-gasp comeback attempt to close Week 12, where the Washington Football Team ran a hard defensive performance – at one point forcing five consecutive three-and-outs – and some stable quarterbacks from Taylor Heinicke to his third win in a row. Monday’s 17-15 win drops Seattle to 3-8 and throws Washington back in the Wild Card picture.

Here are some immediate things from Washington’s miserable, important victory over Seattle:

Why Washington won

Let’s start with the defense. Ron Rivera’s signature unit has come on in recent weeks, and at certain times both Tom Brady and Cam Newton have been uneasy, but it looked in almost top form against Wilson. Seattle barely once tried to drive the ball, but when it did, Washington’s front was suffocating. The delivery rush was not surprising in the meantime, but everything in the back end was, with DK Metcalf completely erased from action, Landon Collins produced a key-forced fumble and half a dozen other guys got their fingers in downfield shots from Wilson. Things got skewed at the very end, but Kendall Fuller moved up to prevent a last-minute comeback with a pick on Seattle’s two-point attempt to equalize. Offensively, Taylor Heinicke was just as important to “W,” who often resembled old Russ more than Russ himself. An early choice of a bubbled catch did not rattle him in the slightest, as he not only took care of the ball, but scattered it lightly around as the night wore on. Assists from Antonio Gibson, who had some solid progress in crunch time; JD McKissic, who shone in the red zone; and DeAndre Carter, who emerged as a key-down target, helped everyone seal the deal.

Why the Seahawks lost

Wilson is not himself. It does not matter how bad Seattle is as a whole; if you have Russ under center, you should have a chance. But the Seahawks, despite sticking to this game on the scoreboard and even coming within a few yards after turning the script completely in the final seconds, could easily have taken the “W” if Wilson had just been competent in the first 58 minutes of action. Maybe he has really long lasting effects of finger surgery. But no matter what, it will not cut well for pretty much just one drive. It did not help that Alex Collins and the land game did not exist. Or that the play call never required conscious goals for Metcalf. Defensively, the Seahawks did not necessarily play poorly, they gave up long drives but not a wealth of points, and yet they folded a bit to defend the race down the stretch, allowing Washington to dictate almost the entire game script. A killer penalty on what would have been a successful onside kick also judged their chances.

Turning point

This one came to stand on, even though Washington dominated much of the competition, so it must be Fuller’s timely choice during the Seahawks ‘two-point attempt – Seattle’s first in 2021. Wilson finally came to life after the Seahawks’ last offensive possession, hitting a wide open Freddie Swain for a touchdown to pull within two, but then Fuller remained grounded in the end zone on the ensuing game, which the Seahawks wasted no time rolling out, to seal Washington’s last-second lead.

Play the game

It did not end up leading them to victory, but Rasheem Green’s return of a blocked extra point all the way for two points – to beat the match 9-9 into the break – certainly deserves your love. Talk about spending all your energy for the team!

What’s next

Washington (5-6) is suddenly right in the playoff picture, now ranked as the NFC’s last Wild Card team, and will have a chance to strengthen its position with a cross-conference matchup in Week 13, where WFT visit the Raiders (6 -5). The Seahawks (3-8), meanwhile a defeat from their first losing season under Pete Carroll in 10 years, return home on Sunday to host division rival 49ers (6-5), who have now won three in a row. .

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