Seahawks vs. Redskins First Round NFL Playoff Odds & Picks 1/6/13

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The Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins are going to square off on the NFL Playoffs odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Seahawks @ Redskins picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Sunday.

NFL Playoffs Picks: Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
Date: Sunday, January 6th, 4:30 ET
Location: FedEx Field, Washington DC
NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: Seattle-3
Seattle vs. Washington Live TV: FOX

What a strange set of NFL betting lines we have here to work with! One would think that a Washington team that has won seven games in a row to win the NFC East would be the favored side over a Seattle team that has to travel across the country to get to this game. However, the oddsmakers have different plans, and in an odd turn of events, it is the Seahawks that are getting the nod, and a decent percentage of the betting action as well by the general public.

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There is no doubt that the ground game is going to be the key for both of these teams, and whichever one can get more productivity from it will probably ultimately win. However, it is really difficult to decipher whether either of these teams truly have an advantage in this category or not. The Seahawks rank third in the league in rushing and are going up against the game’s fifth ranked rush defense. The Redskins rank first in the league in rushing at nearly 170 yards per game on the ground and are going against the No. 1 scoring defense in the league. When push comes to shove, we think that we would rather have RB Marshawn Lynch as the tailback, knowing that he rushed for 1,590 yards and 12 TDs this year and has the experience of playing in the biggest playoff games in his career. But, given our choice, we’d probably take QB Robert Griffin III as the quarterback and the rusher of the two, though QB Russell Wilson did set the rookie record for the most passing touchdowns in a season with 26.

Here’s the tiebreaker to us, though. We think that the Seahawks have legitimately been doing this with a strong team, and that strength on defense is only going to be getting better from where it was the last four weeks now that DB Brandon Browner is going to be back in the lineup after his four-game suspension. We really question though, whether Washington has been doing this on smoke and mirrors or not. The team still doesn’t have LB Brian Orakpo and DE Adam Carriker, and there are a total of seven starters that are already on injured reserve or are guaranteed to be out of the lineup due to suspension. That’s just too many to overcome this deep into the season. Magic can take a team so far, but in the end, there really is just no reason not to think that the Seahawks can’t come all the way to the East Coast and log a victory.

Seattle vs. Washington Pick: Seattle Seahawks -3
Seahawks @ Redskins Score Prediction: Seattle 24 – Washington 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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