LANDOVER, Md. — Russell Wilson ran for 122 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown, and threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns as the Super Bowl champion Seahawks overcame 13 penalties to defeat the Redskins 27-17 Monday night.
Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter and running back Marshawn Lynch for a 9-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Wilson showed his versatility late in the second, scrambling to avoid the rush before connecting with tight end Cooper Helfet for 36 yards to set up first and goal at the 9. On the next play, Wilson pulled off a perfect zone-read option keeper and ran into the end zone to make it 17-0.
Washington, which punted on its first four possessions, got going on its fifth, with Kirk Cousins hitting DeSean Jackson for a 60-yard touchdown. Cousins threw a 57-yard pass to Jackson on the first play of the second half, and Washington's drive was extended when Cliff Avril was whistled for illegal use of the hands on a third-down play.
But on third and 1 at the 9, Cousins was stopped for no gain on a sneak. Some fans booed as first-year Redskins coach Jay Gruden decided not to go for it on fourth down; Kai Forbath's 27-yard field goal made it 17-10.