SEATTLE – Reviewing the four things to watch for the Redskins’ game at Seattle:
1. RUN DEFENSE RE-SURGENCE
Entering the game: The Redskins rush defense has improved the last two weeks, allowing only 2.9 yards per carry in losses to Miami and Dallas.
What happened: Seattle rushed 30 times for 124 yards, a 4.1-yard average. On paper, the Seahawks did what they were supposed to do given the number of carries. But what the Redskins did right was prevent the big run. Marshawn Lynch’s longest gain was 12 yards.
2. MOSS’ RETURN AND IMPACT
Entering the game: Redskins receiver Santana Moss is expected to play after missing the last four games (all losses) with a broken hand. Once Moss proves he's right physically, defenses must pay attention to him, which takes their focus slightly away from Gaffney and Davis.
What happened: Moss started and played regular duty. He was targeted seven times and caught four passes. Gaffney and Davis, though, continued to be productive, combining to catch nine passes for 130 yards and Davis’ touchdown. Look for that to continue.
3. THE BANGED-UP TACKLES
Entering the game: Former Redskin Chris Clemons has eight of Seattle's 19 sacks and the Redskins offensive line is banged up.
What happened: Did Clemons play in the game? He had no sacks and just two tackles. The Redskins’ offensive line deserves credit for a strong performance. They allowed just one sack and had no false start penalties in the NFL’s loudest stadium.
4. TESTING TARVARIS
Entering the game: Among teams that have played 10 games, the Redskins are tied for the NFL lead with 33 sacks and Seattle’s offense is tied for second with 34 sacks allowed.
What happened: The Redskins sacked Jackson twice in the fourth quarter on aggressive play calls by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. But they should have had more than just DeAngelo Hall’s game-clinching interception. Jackson served at least 2-3 passes on a platter.