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September 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

First Look: Washington

Here’s our weekly First Look at Seattle’s upcoming opponent:

Seahawks opponent: Washington

Game time: Monday, 5:30 p.m., FedExField.

TV: ESPN

Coach: Jay Gruden (1-3 in first season with Washington and as an NFL head coach).

2014 record: 1-3.

Last game: Lost to New York Giants, 45-14.

The series: Washington leads the series 11-4 having won all six regular season meetings since 1998. Seattle last won in Washington in 1995, 27-20. However, Seattle won the last game of any kind against Washington, a 24-14 win in a wildcard playoff game.

The early line: Seahawks by 7.

Key players: QB Kirk Cousins: The third-year player from Michigan State is Washington’s starter with Robert Griffin III out for another five weeks or so with a dislocated ankle. Cousins played well in his first two starts but had five turnovers — four interceptions and a lost fumble — in a 45-14 home loss to the Giants on Thursday. Interceptions have been an issue for Cousins throughout his career as he has a 14-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

RB Alfred Morris: The third-year tailback from Florida Atlantic continues to be one of the most productive ground-gainers in the NFL. After rushing for 1,613 and 1,275 yards his first two seasons he’s off to another good start with 316 yards in four games this year, which ranks fourth in the NFL. The 224-pound Morris is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan: After missing most of last season with a knee injury, the Purdue grad appears to be returning to his 2012 form, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. Kerrigan, who typically lines up on the left side in Washington’s 3-4 defense, leads the NFL with five sacks, four coming in a 41-10 win over Jacksonville in week two.

Washington’s keys to success: At just 1-3, Washington doesn’t have much success to speak of so far in what is the first season for Jay Gruden, who replaced the fired Mike Shanahan following a 3-13 record in 2013. Washington’s lone victory came against winless Jacksonville at home. Still, Washington was competitive in a 37-34 loss at Philadelphia, and can blame turnovers for much of its issues in defeats to Houston and the New York Giants — eight of the team’s nine turnovers came in those two games which Washington lost by a combined 62-20. Washington’s turnover differential of minus-five is tied for the worst in the NFL and the nine lost turnovers is tied for the second-most. When not turning the ball over, Washington has been able to move it well at times — it has six scoring drives of 80 yards or longer in its last two games and ranks fourth in the NFL in average yards per game at 415.3. Washington’s defense, meanwhile, is eighth in fewest yards allowed per game at 324.3. But the turnovers and some special teams mistakes — a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown was a key to the loss at Houston — have led to opponents scoring 27.3 points per game, 26th in the NFL.

BY THE NUMBERS

387 — Consecutive home sellouts for Washington, most in the NFL (Seattle has 98).

0-4 — Washington’s record this season in coach’s replay challenges.

3 — Washington’s playoff wins since 1991, the last time it won a Super Bowl.

 

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