Tuesday, November 22, 2011

JZN NFL Predictions vs. Spread: Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks (Week 12, 2011-12)

The early spread on this game is Seahawks (-4). Here are some of the key aspects of the game and what to watch out for in pick ’em leagues. All lines from Y! Sports and injury reports from CBS Sports as of November 22, 2011. Always update yourselves with injury lines because they’ll change throughout the week. Please note that ATS means “Against the spread.”

*My* Current Personal Picks Record (Straights Picks Only)
Washington Redskins 7-3
Seattle Seahawks 6-4

Key Injuries
WR Santana Moss, WR Niles Paul, S LaRon Landry, G Sean Locklear, OT Trent Williams, DB Josh Wilson, T James Carpenter (Out),

Keys to the Game
  • The Seahawks have home-field advantage
  • The health of the Seahawks and Redskins
  • Can the Redskins eliminate turnovers (-10 turnover ratio)?
  • Can the Seahawks eliminate penalties (96 through 10 games)?

Summary
The Seahawks and Redskins are heading in opposite directions. The Seahawks have won two consecutive games against the Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams while the Redskins have lost six consecutive games after Mike Shanahan started the quarterback carousel with John Beck and Rex Grossman.

Health has had much to do with the performances of both teams this season. The Redskins have lost a plethora of players to injured reserve. They have many more who will probably miss this game (e.g. Santana Moss). Contrarily, the Seahawks have gotten many of their offensive players back. This has helped them in trying to save their season, although it’s probably too late after their 2-6 start.

I feel like the Redskins’ defense could make things somewhat difficult for the Seahawks. However, I just can’t go against that home-field advantage when the Redskins’ offense is struggling like they are. There are too many injuries for the Redskins to win this road game.

Final Predictions:
Against the Spread: Seattle Seahawks (-4)
Straight: Seattle Seahawks 16, Washington Redskins 6

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