The Seattle Seahawks takes on the Washington Football Team on Monday Night Football in a Week 12 matchup where both teams will be looking to bounce back with a win in hopes of getting hot down the stretch. Washington has fallen behind the first-place Dallas Cowboys this season, going 4-6 so far as they lean on Taylor Heinecke. On the other side, the Seahawks sit in last place in a strong NFC West division as the team tries to right the ship with Russell Wilson back as the starting quarterback. Monday Night Football will air on TV via ESPN and streaming via FuboTV. If you’re looking to watch the ManningCast with Eli and Peyton Manning this week, you’re out of luck. They’re off this week.
What time does the game start? Where can I watch it on TV? – Monday night’s game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. EST for viewers in the U.S and will air on TV via ESPN in English and ESPN Deportes in Spanish.
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“If we can put ourselves in a position to get to December where we have five divisional games left, who knows?” Rivera said. “We have to take care of our business.”
THIRD DOWN AND WRONG
In the past two games, Washington has allowed a 31.6% conversion rate on third downs, impressive considering that came against Tom Brady and Cam Newton.
The Seahawks have gone the other way. Seattle allowed the Packers and Cardinals to go a combined 14 of 28 on third downs, and on offense went 9 of 25 over the same stretch.
“We haven’t converted,” Carroll said. “It’s one reason or another. Whether it’s the opportunity, the throw, the route, that’s what we’ve intended to do the whole time. I’m disappointed that I can’t tell you we’re getting it done.”
Seattle’s starting cornerback opposite D.J. Reed was an unsettled position through the first quarter of the season until rookie Tre Brown got healthy. It’s back to being unsettled after Brown was lost for the rest of the regular season because of a significant left knee injury last week against Arizona. Brown underwent surgery to repair the patellar tendon.
Sidney Jones stepped in after Brown went down and played much better than he did earlier in the season. Jones seems likely to start, but Seattle’s situation is exasperated by Reed’s status. Reed didn’t play against the Cardinals due to knee and groin injuries.
Jonathan Allen has been Washington’s best defensive player all season, and his role in the pass rush is even more important with Chase Young and Montez Sweat out with injuries. Allen leads the team with six sacks and is the leader of a unit that is finally starting to live up to lofty preseason expectations.
“I think he’s doing some things even better than he did last year,” Rivera said. “He’s getting a little bit better feel for what we’re asking as far as the techniques and the styles we want him to use. But at the same time, it’s just him doing the things that he does well.”
Carroll keeps saying Seattle needs to be more consistent with the run game, but for whatever the reason it’s not translating to game day. Seattle seemed intent on establishing the ground game last week against Arizona, then abandoned that plan in the second half.
Seattle had just seven run plays in the second half against the Cardinals and finished with 19 rushes in the game. It doesn’t help that the Seahawks rank last in the league in total offensive plays by a wide margin, so there’s been less opportunity to get the run game started.