The Washington Redskins will enter the playoffs the hottest team in the NFC, and will hope to continue their success as they travel to Seattle, in a rematch of a 2005 playoff game won by the Seahawks. Even more impressive about the Redskins improbable run to the playoffs is the way they have overcome the adversity of a quarterback lost to injury, and more importantly the death of their teammate Sean Taylor. Taylor wore number 21, and in the last game of the year they beat Dallas 27-6, or, by 21 points. It feels that the majority of America is hoping for the best for the Redskins, and with the play of Todd Collins, they are playing their best.
Collins went 10 years without starting an NFL before suiting up for the injured Jason Campbell. Redskins fans hoped for the best, but expected little from the long time back up, only to be pleasantly surprised. In Collinsí four appearances, including three starts, since the injury, he has thrown for four touchdowns with no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 107. There is a chance that Campbell could be prepared to return for this game, but itís my guess that they will ride the wave Collins has given them, and make Campbell their number two man. Campbell is still the long term solution for Washington, but now it would be detrimental to the team to sit Collins, being he led them to the playoffs. Another player finishing the year strong for the Redskins is Clinton Portis. Portis became the first player to run over 100 yards against Dallas this year in their victory. Portis has rushed for nearly four yards a carry and found the end zone 11 times.
Seattle seems to be the forgotten team in the equation, but they are the ones hosting the playoff game, so they obviously had a good season. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is quietly having another good season with 27 touchdown passes. Itís the play of Shaun Alexander that has Seattle fans concerned. He has only ran for over 100 yards two times this year, but none since the third week in the season. His 3.4 yards a carry this season are nearly a yard below his career average. Maurice Morris has nearly the same numbers, despite getting about 70 less carries, or so.
I think the Redskins are ready for this game, and should be in position to take the upset. If they are able to beat the Seahawks they will meet Dallas for the third time this season, with each taking a game, the following week. However, first thing is first. I believe Collins has this team playing at their peak at the right time, and as their record indicated this year they can hang with any team in the NFC. I favor the Skins 21-17 in this one.