Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) vs. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)
Sunday, 4:25 pm EST at CenturyLink Field, Philadelphia
Spread: Seahawks -7
The Philadelphia Eagles continue to surprise – beating teams they shouldn’t like Pittsburg, Minnesota, and Atlanta, while also losing to teams they shouldn’t, like Washington, Detroit, and New York. It’s hard to figure out which squad will show up, week to week. On paper, the Eagles should not beat their week 11 opponent, the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks’ stingy defense, combined with an offense led by Russell Wilson that’s starting to get into a groove, of late, should be too much for a young team led by a rookie quarterback and a rookie head coach to overcome. But those seem to be the games that the Eagles get up for – the ones they’re supposed to lose. If Philly has any hope, it’ll be in their defense bottling up Wilson and keeping the game a low-scoring, defensive struggle. In a game like that, a special teams play or defensive score could be the difference. It’ll be another tough test to show what these Eagles are made of.
As we await kickoff, here are the predictions from the football minds here at Pattison Avenue and what we’ll be watching throughout the game – please follow and harangue them on twitter dot com:
I really don’t know what to think about this game. The Eagles aren’t terrible on the road, despite their 1-3 record. On the flip side, Seattle is damn near unbeatable at home. The Eagles will be in for a rude awakening, as the “12’s” provide perhaps the best home field advantage in the NFL. Yet, I don’t think the Eagles lose…by much. Seven point is a huge line, especially for an Eagles team that has been in every game. This game will come down to the Eagles defense ability to limit Russell Wilson‘s ability to improvise on offense. The Birds have the advantage in the trenches, in large part due to Michael Bennett being out for Seattle. Carson Wentz will have to play a safe game, i.e., it the running backs on screen and swing passes, while hitting receivers and tight ends on quick outs and slants. The Eagles will surprise the Seahawks with a close game, but will ultimately fall in the end. Seattle, 19-17
I hope Wentz stands tall in pressure and the defense bottles up Wilson, but I have my doubts. My player to watch will be Ryan Mathews. If the offensive line and he are able to establish the ground game, as they were last week, the Birds have more than a fighting chance. I see Seattle winning in a close one, though. Seattle 24-20
Well the Eagles did it to me again, winning a game against a good team they had no business winning, so it makes this week’s pick that much more of a quandary. I could use all the same arguments I used last week, but I failed to factor in how good the Eagles have been at home this season. This week that works against them as they have to travel to one of the more hostile environments in the NFL. This certainly works in the favor of one of the best defenses in the league in the Seattle Seahawks. Because of this I will predict a low scoring game with Seattle having the edge. Seattle 17- 14.
I had the feeling that the Eagles were going to last week, and I was right. Some of the best wins for the Birds this year have come against teams they shouldn’t have beaten. On the same hand, all but the loss to the Redskins, the Eagles shouldn’t have lost, which like Brett said, makes this pick very hard. It’s no question that Russell Wilson is unbelievable, but our Carson Wentz isn’t half bad. If the receivers come to play today, the Eagles could damn near win it. If Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles have great ground games, the Eagles could damn near win it. The Eagles have a 1-3 record on the road, but that record doesn’t tell you how close they have been in each of those games. Going against the gird here by saying, Eagles, 27-24
I have a feeling the Eagles offense will look a lot like Rutgers in this game. Expect lots of 3-and-outs, punts, and field position battles. The Eagles haven’t been blown out yet, which is a little odd considering their offensive ineptitude. But even the best teams get blown out, so don’t leap off the Walt Whitman if the Seahawks kick their teeth in today. This is a bad match-up for the Eagles as the Seahawks can leave their corners in single coverage against these pathetic WRs and Kam Chancellor might play the entire game at the line of scrimmage. Ryan Mathews will have his work cut out for him, but the Seahawks are missing their best defensive lineman in Michael Bennett. Brace yourselves Eagles fans, this could be ugly. The schedule gets MUCH easier moving forward and even a 5-5 record puts Philly in a great spot. If the Eagles pull this out, it’s gravy, but I’m not holding my breath. SEAHAWKS 27-13
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