How he beats you: Chris Clemons, who started his career with the Redskins as an undrafted rookie back in 2003 and then bounced around from Oakland to Philadelphia, finally has found a home in Seattle, where in the last season and a half, he has tallied 19 sacks (eight of them this season, which ranks 10th in the league). Clemons is an explosive end, who fires off the ball and can turn the corner quickly. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder has good hands, which help him shed blockers, and he offers good second and third moves to counteract what his opponents throw at him. Says Redskins left tackle Trent Williams: “He’s a big challenge. Especially there [in Seattle’s loud stadium], he can get off on the ball. He’s a fast guy, great with his hands. He’s a a great rusher. A very good pass rusher.”
How to stop him: Williams strained his medial collateral ligament in last week’s game, but hopes to play Sunday in Seattle. He’ll have to be aggressive with Clemons, who isn’t always the strongest at the point of attack. Using his size advantage, the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Williams will work to keep Clemons at bay and give Grossman time to throw.
Bottom line: Williams isn’t 100 percent, but he believes that he still can be effective against Clemons. Outside of Clemons, the Seahawks don’t really boast another dominant pass-rusher, with linebacker Leroy Hill as the other player with multiple sacks (and he has just two). Still, Seattle’s defense is effective, ranking 11th in the league in total yards (330) allowed, and is stout against the run, ranking eighth in the league, limiting opponents to 100 yards a game.