Thursday, January 03, 2008
Breakin it down is 5 key stories plus a pick for each postseason game this season.
Mr. MVP Where Are You
Only two seasons ago Shaun Alexander was a god in the NFL. This year, he hasn't run for over 100 yards in a game since week 3 and only has two such games this season. Even worse he's gaining a mere 3.5 yards a carry and is being for the most part outclassed by his backup Maurice Morris. Hey Shaun do you plan on showing up this season for the first time?
When playing in Seattle it should never be understated how loud their fans are and the benefit they get when playing at home. Yet again this season the Seahawks were phenomenal at home going 7-1. Meanwhile the Redskins were a mere .500 on the road. Playing in Seattle makes a huge difference in this game.
The Big Turnover
When you matchup up the two teams talentwise there really isn't that much favoring either team. So what's been a big difference this season? Turnover margin. Washington is in the lower half of the NFC at -5. Meanwhile Seattle is the second best in the NFL with a turnover margin of +10. If Seattle keeps this up they will win this weekend.
The Unsuspected Hero
People under the age of 20 most likely had never heard of Todd Collins in their life prior to a few weeks ago. Hell I only vaguely remembered the name and I'm a big time Michigan fan. Now Collins is the unlikeliest starter in recent postseason history and given how he's played in recent weeks how could you say there's no way he plays the role of hero.
Nothing will be mentioned during the game more than the inspiration this team is playing with by dedicating their wins to the late Sean Taylor. I don't know how much that truly effects anything in the long run, especially given the passion players always play with during the postseason, but if the Redskins play even an ounce better because of it then good for them.
I think the Redskins miracle run ends this weekend. Too much homefield advantage for the Seahawks and too much quarterback advantage for the Seahawks for the Redskins to pull off the road upset.