The Washington Redskins’ current six-game losing streak is the club’s longest since the 1998 season, an 0-7 start that included a road loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle hasn’t beaten Washington since.
Looking to win three in a row for the first time since 2007, the Seahawks hope to snap a five-game slide to the Redskins this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
The defending NFC West champions despite a 7-9 record a season ago, Seattle is on the same win pace in 2011 with a 4-6 mark through its first 10 games. Things aren’t as mediocre at the top of the division this year and the Seahawks are second, five games behind the first-place San Francisco 49ers.
Seattle has run off two straight wins since a three-game slide, breaking the skid with a solid victory over Baltimore on Nov. 13 prior to routing St. Louis by a 24-7 score last weekend. The Seahawks yielded the game’s first points on a first-quarter touchdown, but kept the Rams in check the rest of the way and broke the game open on second-half touchdown runs by Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson overcame interceptions on Seattle’s first two drives to put his team in position to win three in a row for the first time since a five-game win streak from Nov. 12-Dec. 9, 2007.
“We came out and played so miserable in the first quarter,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “But what was really well done by our guys is that they did not waver. We just kept playing and you could just feel it change.”
Seattle is 2-2 at home this year and will play three in a row as the host for the first time since 2004, though they went just 1-2 on that residency. This homestand could get off to a rough start given that the Seahawks haven’t bested the Redskins since Sept. 20, 1998.
Washington, though, is involved in its own rut and has lost six in a row after starting the season 3-1. Two of those victories came against NFC West opponents, but the Redskins still sit last in the NFC East.
The Redskins nearly broke through with a victory last weekend versus the visiting Dallas Cowboys after Rex Grossman threw a game-tying touchdown pass to Donte’ Stallworth in the final minute of regulation. Kicker Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal in overtime however, and Dallas’ Dan Bailey hit a 39- yarder of his own to hand Washington a 27-24 defeat.
“I tried to put it in the back of the end zone where only he could get it and he made a great catch on it,” Grossman said about his game-tying throw.
Washington hasn’t won since Oct. 2 at St. Louis and is 1-4 as the road team this season.
The Redskins could also have wide receiver Santana Moss on the field for the first time since he broke his hand on Oct. 23 in Carolina. He has 25 receptions and two touchdowns on the season.