Before Week 12 started, I predicted the game between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys would be Ninja-esque. The Dolphins were on fire, winning 3 straight games, and looked poised to continue their streak. The Cowboys also had a 3-game winning streak, but had the extra star power with Tony Romo as their starting quarterback and a dominating defense.
I’m sure most people expected the Cowboys to win that game, but I don’t think most people thought it would come down to a last second field goal. Either way, it was the only game on Thursday at 4:00, so how could it “sneak up” on you? It was the highest rated Thanksgiving Day game on CBS since it re-acquired NFL broadcasting right’s in 1998.
That’s why I waited for a Sunday game to the Ninja Game of the Week. So for Week 12 I chose…
Washington Redskins vs Seattle Seahawks
I wish the NFC West was a bit more competitive. It would make these 4pm west coast games a bit more exciting. But today’s match-up between the Redskins and Seahawks should be a good one, and here’s why…
The Seahawks beat the Ravens. Back in week 10, the Seahawks surprised all of us when the Ravens flew west and couldn’t do anything right against Seattle. The game ended closer than I remembered (22-17), but I do remember the Seahawks forced three turnovers, and Marshawn Lynch sealed the game with the only touchdown scored for Seattle. Sure, the Ravens have had their share of flops this season—with their only losses coming from the Jaguars, Titans, and Seahawks—but they’re a strong team. But perhaps Seattle’s stronger than you think… Which brings me to…
Home, sweet home. The Seahawks are only 2-2 at home this season, but after beating the Ravens (see above), the 12th man may have woken up. I’ve never been to CenturyLink Field, but after watching some of the sound footage from Seahawks games, I can only imagine how hard it is to play there. Good luck, Redskins, if you can hear me.
Washington looked good against the Cowboys. The Redskins haven’t had too much luck this season. They’re in the midst of a 6-game losing streak with a tough schedule ahead of them, but a win against the Seahawks could put them in a position to play better. Who doesn’t get fired up when you win? Almost beating the Cowboys at home last week showed that they still have heart and still want to win. In fact, they could’ve won that game if it wasn’t for a missed field goal in overtime by Graham Gano—granted, it was a 52-yarder. But even after giving up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Redskins prevailed when Donte Stallworth scored on a 4 yard pass from Rex Grossman with 5:21 left in the game.
If the Redskins play with that kind of heart against the Seahawks, we should be in for a treat. In the end, I think Seattle has the advantage because they’re not traveling across the country to play in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. But I still think this will be a hard fought battle.
Who do you think will win?