Seahawks on offense: Veteran tailback/beast Marshawn Lynch is the key to this attack. The 5-foot-11-inch, 215-pounder is playing the best football of his six-year career. Lynch has always had a nifty blend of speed and strength, but when he was cutting his NFL teeth in Buffalo, he too often danced in the backfield waiting for the perfect lane. He is now much more decisive and will burst through creases — and defenders — with authority. Lynch is indefatigable, and if he’s gulping down bags of Skittles on the sideline, the Redskins are in trouble. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson (5-11, 206) is already a great leader. He lacks height, will lock on to receivers, and will abandon the pocket too early. But he’s also supremely confident and makes plays when it counts. Receivers Sidney Rice (he’s tall and fast) and Golden Tate (he has strong hands) bear watching.
Redskins on defense: London Fletcher is an incredibly instinctive and durable linebacker. The 15-year veteran (not a typo) seemingly is in on every tackle and his teammates feed off his energy. Ryan Kerrigan is an excellent pass rusher with a nonstop motor. DeAngelo Hall and Madieu Williams stand out in the secondary.