The Redskins come off of a close loss to the Dallas Cowboys, where Rex Grossman returned to the lineup and kept his alter ego, Bad Rex, in check long enough to at least take the Cowboys into overtime before Graham Gano just missed on a 52 yard field goal. That led to the Cowboys driving the other direction to kick the game winner themselves, and continue the Redskins’ spiral down to the cellar of the NFC East with their sixth straight loss.
The Seahawks actually have the signs of a team that’s starting to put something together, which is modus operandi for many Seattle teams through the years; putting it all together a few games too late to make a difference. Tavaris Jackson seems to have settled into a role as a game manager, which suits him; the role of “carry my team to victory quarterback” is something that’s well beyond his abilities.
With Seattle finding a decent enough rushing attack behind Marshawn Lynch, who has now scored in six straight games, and a defense that has been far better than expected, the Seahawks have the luxury of not putting the game in Jackson’s hands to win. All in all, this is a very winnable game for Seattle, with the Redskins reeling and having to make the cross-country trip to play in a stadium that’s loud enough to perhaps jar Mike Shanahan into a moment of lucidity concerning which of his running backs he should play.
Speaking of which, this situation is just as muddy and undesirable for fantasy even with Tashard Choice being cut. Apparently there’s something wonderful about Ryan Torain’s less than 2 yards per carry that we’re all missing, because Shanahan himself says Torain will continue as the starter because Roy Helu “isn’t ready”. Well, hate to break it to ya Mike… but Torain isn’t ready for anything but the fork you’ll use to stick into him to tell if he’s done or not. It’s not like we’re talking about meat here… Helu may be raw, but Shanahan acts like he’ll get salmonella from giving him more than a handful of touches. Until Shanahan realizes Helu is the only back with any real talent on his roster and deserves a full time shot, this is a backfield to be avoided… especially against one of the best rush defenses in the league on the road in a stadium loud enough to make your ears bleed.
RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Sidney Rice, WR Doug Baldwin, WR Jabar Gaffney, TE Fred Davis
Middle of the Road
: QB Tavaris Jackson, QB Rex Grossman, WR Santana Moss
WR Mike Williams, TE Zach Miller, WR Donte Stallworth, WR Anthony Armstrong, RB Roy Helu, RB Ryan Torain