The best of the Redskins-Seahawks NFC Wild Card round game on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at FedExField in Landover, Md.
After getting just four days of rest between games this week, the Washington Redskins now have an 11-day stretch until taking the field once again.
The Redskins on Oct. 6 play host to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks for another primetime appearance at FedExField, this time on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
The Seahawks are 2-1 this season, good enough for second in the NFC Western Division. They are coming off a 26-20, overtime victory over the Denver Broncos Sept. 21 at CenturyLink Field.
In that game, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch scored a six-yard touchdown on Seattle's first possession of overtime to seal the victory. The Seahawks had blown a 17-3 fourth-quarter lead to Peyton Manning and the Broncos, who completed a 26-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion to tie the game with 18 seconds left in regulation.
Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 24-of-34 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos, while Lynch ran 26 times for 88 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and the aforementioned touchdown.
Cornerback Byron Maxwell led the Seattle defense with 11 total tackles, while safety Kam Chancellor had nine tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
The Seahawks are coming off one of the best defensive seasons in recent NFL history. In 2013, Seattle led the league in points allowed (231), takeaways (39) and yards allowed (4,378), becoming the first team since the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears to accomplish that feat.
The Seahawks' defense continued the momentum into the playoffs last season in wins against the New Orleans Saints (23-15), San Francisco 49ers (23-17) and the Broncos, who they defeated 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.
Seattle is led by Pete Carroll, who returns for his fifth season in his second tenure as the Seahawks head coach. Carroll also served as Seattle's head coach from 1997 to 1999.
Through three weeks in 2014, the Seahawks rank eighth in total defense (20th against the pass and fifth against the pass) and 14th in total defense (23rd in passing and fourth in rushing).
Here's some Redskins-related notes about their Oct. 6 matchup against the Seahawks:
- The Redskins will make their first of two Monday Night Football appearances in Week 5. Washington's record on the program in home games currently stands at 17-17.
- This will be the first all-time Monday meeting between the Redskins and Seahawks.
- The Redskins are 11-4 all-time against the Seahawks in regular-season play.
- The Redskins have won six consecutive regular-season games against Seattle, dating back to 2001. The Redskins have not lost a regular-season game to the Seahawks since 1998.
- Washington's current six-game regular -season winning streak against Seattle includes a three-game home regular-season winning streak, earning victories in the 2001, 2003 and 2005 seasons.
- The teams' last regular-season meeting at FedExField was on Oct. 2, 2005, a 20-17 overtime victory for the Redskins.
- Each of the last four regular-season meetings between the Redskins and Seahawks have been decided by one score or less.