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Mike Shanahan was lying to the collective face of the news media, as football coaches often do—but this time about health precautions taken to ensure the long-term safety of his star player. (Not the first time he's done that this season.) Andrews told USA Today:
"[Griffin] didn't even let us look at him," Andrews said. "He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players, and took off back to the field. It wasn't our opinion.
"We didn't even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me."
Andrews is still scared. Though Griffin has led the Redskins to consecutive wins, he is "still recovering," and the saga has been "a trying moment" for Andrews. As with the past two weeks, Griffin will be wearing a knee brace when he takes the field this afternoon.
The Seahawks, who lead the NFL in scoring defense with only 15.3 points allowed per game, are on a 6-0 against the spread run versus good offensive teams that average 24.0 points or more per contest. They have defeated these foes by an average score of 25.5 to 18.0
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
Line moves: Seahawks opened at minus-2.5, currently minus-3
Books says: "This is a tough one, on the surface it seems like a tough one to call. RG3 getting points at home, but Seattle has established themselves as one of the better teams in the league. But for me there is a clear choice. I think Seattle is too underrated. I took them a few weeks back at 25-1 to win the Super Bowl. When you look at the numbers they tell a clear story. The defense is the best in the league in points allowed, 15.3 points per game. And their offense is a top-10 offense at 26 points per game, their margin of victory is third in the league behind New England and Denver. From a Pythagorean theorem perspective they are a 12-win team and Washington is a nine-win team. That is a big difference. This spread should really be 5 or 6."
Line moves: Ravens opened as 6.5-point favorites, currently minus-7
Books says: "Right now two-thirds of the bets are coming in on the Colts. The public is betting the Colts. But the line here opened at 6.5 and has gone up, which tells me that the sharp money and big money is coming in on Baltimore. We have a reverse scenario: All the people are betting on the Colts but the line is going the other way. When you look at the Colts you have to ask yourself, Do you trust the stats or the results? This is the first team to get 11 wins while getting outscored on the season. Somehow the Colts are in every game.
Their Pythag wins are at seven and they have 11 on the season. Is it due to luck or Luck? Does Luck will them to win close games or are they overrated? I don't have an answer. But I am leaning toward them being overrated. However I don't like the way the Ravens rested starters last week and are coming in off of a loss and have dropped four of five games. I can't back them either. It's a pass."
Even with electric return man Leon Washington, the Seahawks return game hasn't been anything special this season, averaging just over 27 yards per return on kickoffs, and 8.5 yards on punts. At the opposite end of the field they fall right around the league average in terms of kick coverage. Kicker Steven Hauschka has enjoyed a career year, connecting on 24-of-27 field-goal attempts, well north of his career average of 82 percent.
Washington is almost a mirror image of Seattle in terms of its return game on both sides of the football. The 'Skins are amongst the best in the league defending punt returns, allowing just a shade over eight yards per return. Billy Cundiff started the season as Washington's kicker, but was relieved of his duties after Week 5. Kai Forbath took over and connected on his first 17 field-goal attempts, before missing his last kick of the regular season.
Russell Wilson threw for 3,100 yards with a 64.1% completion rate, 26 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and a rating of 100. He also ran for almost 500 yards and 4 scores, so his numbers are very much right on board with the great RGIII’s, with much less hype and noise. He’s helped by Marshawn Lynch, who was dominant at times this season. He rushed for 1,590 yards and 11 scores with a 5.0 yards per carry average.
Seattle is also on a 7-0 against the spread run versus good passing teams that average 7.0 yards or more per pass. It is also on a 7-0 against the spread run versus good rushing teams that average 4.5 yards or more per carry.