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October 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Seahawks national media picks: Guess who’s picking against Seattle?

It’s hard to find anyone who thinks the Seahawks will lose to Washington on “Monday Night Football.”

I checked out predictions from national media and major newspapers and found virtually everyone is picking Seattle to win. The only question seems to be about how much the margin of victory will be and whether the Seahawks will cover the seven- to eight-point spread set by the oddsmakers.

The only person I could find who went against the Seahawks was someone for the New York Daily News.

Here’s an overview of the predictions.


All four from our staff pick the Seahawks (plus celebrity Danny Bonaduce and 12th Fan of the Week).

Bob Condotta – Seahawks 31-17: Washington will be revved up to get some redemption for the debacle against the Giants last Thursday and will keep this game closer than that one for a while. Seattle, though, will get some big plays against Washington’s gambling defense to eventually put it away.

Jayson Jenks – Seahawks 28-14: The score will be closer than the game will be as the Seahawks return from the bye week fresh.

Larry Stone – Seahawks 30-17: The Seahawks have the best record in the history of “Monday Night Football”, and they’ll add another win against a Washington team that doesn’t look as formidable as it appeared heading into season.

Jerry Brewer – Seahawks, 19-9: After the elite quarterbacks the Seahawks have faced the first three games, they should feast on turnover-prone Kirk Cousins.


All four pick Seahawks.

Scott Allen: This is bold only becuse of how terrible they looked (in they’re last game). They’re scored 14 points, somehow, some way. They’ll get blown out, but they’re going to manage 14.


All 13 pick Seahawks.


All five pick Seahawks.

Elliott Harrison’s picks Seahawks, 26-17: How effective are the Seahawks on the road? That’s what this game in Washington should tell us. Obviously, Seattle lost in San Diego in Week 2, bolstering whispers that this club simply isn’t the same away from CenturyLink. In fact, I heard that notion plenty around the NFL Media newsroom — and yet, I’m not sure the line of thinking holds up. The heat and humidity in Southern California that day caused major problems, and the Chargers are an excellent football team.

Then again, stretching back to 2012 — when the Seahawks really arrived as a quality outfit — they’ve gone 9-8 on the road, where they average 22 points per game, and 17-1 in front of the nutso home crowd, where they average 29.9 points per game. Scaring up 22 in D.C. should be enough, as the Redskins‘ receivers will have some trouble getting separation. Kirk Cousins must be patient — take what the defense gives, and give Alfred Morris the rock 30 times. #SEAvsWAS


Don Banks picks Seahawks, 27-14: Can we stop with the fairly laughable premise that Seattle’s suffocating pass defense has been “exposed,” now that San Diego’s Philip Rivers threw to Richard Sherman’s side of the field, and Peyton Manning executed an overtime-inducing final-minute touchdown drive against the Seahawks? Rivers and Manning are the key words in that sentence, and it’s no real embarrassment to give ground to those two veteran quarterbacks. One is playing like this year’s early MVP front-runner, and the other won the award last year. If Washington’s Kirk Cousins carves up Seattle’s pass defense, we can revisit the issue. The last time the Seahawks were at FedEx Field, for that 2012 first-round playoff game, the landscape in Washington changed dramatically with Robert Griffin III’s devastating knee injury. And the reverberations of that day are still being felt in D.C.


All nine picked Seahawks.


Sam Farmer picks Seahawks: The NFC West is the new black-and-blue division, and the Seahawks will beat up on (Washington). Marshawn Lynch will be able to run, and Washington will have a hard time retuning the favor.


Three of four pick Seahawks.

Comment: They’re talking as if they have a chance against the champs, how they’re refreshed and refocused after their embarrassing loss to the Giants two Thursdays ago. But how can a team with so many weaknesses compete against a team with so many strengths? Exactly how is Dan Snyder’s team supposed to win this game? If there’s a group of corners worse than the Jets’, it’s Washington’s. Injuries, meanwhile, have piled up in front of Kirk Cousins on the O-line. The home team has dropped its last six night games. The well-rested Seahawks have won eight straight on Monday night.


Both pick Seahawks.

Frank Schwab comment: How could you not pick the champs in this spot. Not only is it the best defense in the NFL, they’re coming off a bye. They’re going to be rested.

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