Welcome back to the second season of "The 'Skinny," a weekly preview of the local professional football team's upcoming game and opponent. Every Thursday, you can find any and all information* about the Redskins' next opponent in this space.
(*Sometimes, it may be some or most information.)
Week 5 Opponent: Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
Game information: Mon., Oct. 6 -- FedEx Field -- 8:30 p.m. -- ESPN
Last Week: The Redskins have had a longer-than-usual week to stew over their humiliating 45-14 loss to the Giants on Sept. 25. The Seahawks, after defeating the Broncos in a Super Bowl rematch, had the week off.
What's The Skinny?
The Seahawks return to Washington for the first time since defeating the Redskins in the playoffs following the 2012 season. (You know, the game where Robert Griffin III's knee was more or less destroyed, which has seemingly changed the trajectory of the franchise since? That game.)
A lot has changed in the past two seasons. The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions, while the Redskins have won four total regular-season games. Kirk Cousins, who threw four interceptions against the Giants last Thursday in losing his fifth straight start, will attempt to atone for his disastrous showing with another opportunity to showcase himself on national television. He will be significantly tested against the Seahawks' ball-hawking "Legion of Boom" defense.
On the injury front, left tackle Trent Williams expects to play through a dislocated kneecap. Tight end Jordan Reed is "50-50" with a hamstring injury, but Niles Paul, who suffered a concussion against New York, should be well enough to replace him.
While the Redskins have been eliminated from the postseason by the Seahawks on three consecutive occasions, they have won the past six regular-season games between the teams.
Statistic of the Week: Washington has lost six straight primetime games, four of which have been at home. Seattle is 20-8 all-time on Monday Night Football, which includes an ongoing eight-game winning streak.
What They're Saying
"Can we beat them? Yeah. At the end of the day, they're not robots. They're human beings and nobody's perfect. Nobody plays perfect every Sunday. They have been beaten before. It's not like they’re unstoppable. They’re a great team, no doubt about it, but anything is possible in the NFL."
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