The NFL's Wildcard Weekend wraps things up late Sunday afternoon with perhaps the best matchup on the slate. The red-hot Seattle Seahawks come into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the NFC and travel to FedEx Field to face Robert Griffin III and the upstart Washington Redskins.
The Seahawks finished the regular season with a five-game winning streak and a 4-1 record against the spread to wind-up 11-5 both straight-up and ATS on the year. The Redskins actually topped that with a seven straight wins to close out the season while covering the spread in every game. Their 10-6 SU (11-5 ATS) record was good enough to win the NFC East title for the first time since 1999.
The most intriguing aspect of this showdown is the fact that both teams enjoyed this kind of success with a rookie quarterback at the helm. Anyone who follows the NFL is well aware of the big-play capability of RG III with both his arm and legs, but Seattle's Russell Wilson is as equally as dangerous with the ball in his hands. After a slow start to the season, he has worked his way into the discussion for offensive rookie of the year along with Griffin and Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. Whichever of these two phenoms can elevate their game the best with the dialed-up intensity of the playoffs gives their team the best chance to come out of this game with a win.
The following is a link to my preview & prediction for Sunday's game as originally posted on Bang the Book.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins NFL Wildcard Free Pick