The Washington Redskins don't possess the defensive playmakers the Seattle Seahawks boast. However, they have an opportunistic unit, that makes its share of big plays.
The Redskins defensive priority has to be slowing down Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and bruising running back Marshawn Lynch. Here are the key matchups between Washington's ball hawking defense and the Seahawks' physical offense.
Breno Giacomini vs. Ryan Kerrigan
Ryan Kerrigan is the Redskins' best pass-rusher and he could dominate Seattle right tackle Breno Giacomini. Kerrigan is quick and powerful off the edge and could dip underneath the 6'7" Giacomini.
Kerrigan logged 8.5 sacks during the regular season and has a knack for forcing turnovers. He will need to consistently threaten the edges, in order to keep Wilson in the pocket.
Max Unger vs. Barry Cofield
Stopping the run has to be the Redskins primary objective. That means clogging up the inside rushing lanes. Nose tackle Barry Cofield can play a key role for a defense that has allowed a measly 95.8 yards per game on the ground.