Sando's best guesses: Week 18 predictions

A postseason featuring two NFC West participants has just about arrived.

The San Francisco 49ers earned a bye in the wild-card round. The Seattle Seahawks are on the road.

Let's get right to the prediction for this 18th week of the 2012 season:

  • Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins, 4:30 p.m. ET: The Seahawks are the only road team favored by oddsmakers in the wild-card round. They are healthier than the Redskins and have the healthier, hotter quarterback now that Seattle is running more of its offense through Russell Wilson. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III remains a threat, of course, particularly on play-action throws. The Seahawks' run defense also will be tested in this game. Those are concerns for Seattle. But with Griffin limited by a knee injury, the Seahawks should end a playoff road losing streak that dates to the 1983 season. Sando's best guess: Seahawks 24, Redskins 17.

Noted: I went 2-0 on NFC West picks last week, moving my record to 35-17 (.673) for the season when picking games involving NFC West teams. We've also got the "You called it" competition going, plus the Pigskin Pick'em group, so don't be shy with your own picks.